Simple Ways to Display Your Framed Artwork

Written by
dawncreativedev on April 6, 2017

Displaying Your Framed Artwork

So you’ve purchased your fantastic new wall art framed prints and now you’re at the stage where you can’t wait to get them up on your wall but you’re just thinking about how best to do it. There are a lot of different approaches you can take in terms of frame style, picture placement, layout, symmetry and the overall image sizes. So to make things a little easier for you, we’ve listed some smart techniques you can use to display your art the right way!

The Grid

Simply put, this is when you hang each piece in evenly measured rows and columns. Similar to a more linear layout (below), it helps to emphasise order and symmetry. This way effectively works when you have the same number of images, the same sized pictures and the same frames on each of the pieces. The grid approach works best when you have a whole collection of wall art as it creates a powerful display once it’s all together. The look can be achieved on any wall with little, or a lot to work with in terms of space. There is an element of freedom when it comes to placement as you can choose to hang the pieces high or low on the wall itself, as well as close together or further apart. It is key to ensure that you have an even number of framed prints otherwise the display will look incomplete, so get the amount right first before you decide on how you’ll align your grid.

The Linear

The linear structure is as you’d guess, pictures positioned in a horizontal or vertical style. With this technique its all about rhythm and balance. A traditional style, it works best with similar sized pieces in identical frames. If you’re looking to add uniformity to your room, position your artwork in this fashion on a large wall and it will cleverly emphasise other horizontal furnishings within the room. It is crucial that you work with the space that you’ve got. Don’t attempt to cram in numerous pieces of wall art if you wall won’t fit it all in, as it will look wrong. Instead measure out the space accurately, then work your collection into it to give yourself a classy and industrial aesthetic.

The Cluster 

The clustered configuration is a unrestricted arrangement. Designed with an element of freedom, it’s all about finding that undefined, organic look. This is perfect if you’re matching different sized pieces of framed pictures say for example the Personalised Trio of Locations and the London Location Full Map pieces. The beauty about this method is that if you get some new images you want to add, it is easy to integrate them into the pattern without have to rehang the entire collection. Your own wall space is the only restraint when it comes to this design so you need to identify what area you have to work with and choose whether you’re trying to draw attention to the design or a specific furniture piece within the room. Typically, it looks better when you have the same size thickness of frames if you’re after that clinical and uniformed appearance.

On Shelves

The ultimate way to accomplish a sophisticated architectural featured look, try leaning you’re your pictures against your wall on shelving. Shelves are simple to implement into your interiors and by adding pictures instead of the traditional ornaments that you’d commonly expect to see placed on a shelf, you can create a contemporary look in your room. It is also a good choice if you’re looking to layer smaller frames in front of larger ones to construct a collage look. It is entirely dependant on your preference and also how much you have to actually display but you change choose to adopt a single shelf strategy or multiple shelves stacked on top of each other if you’re after something different. A highly flexible approach, it gives you the opportunity to switch pieces in and out, so if you’re after something with a fashionable edge, this is the style for you!