Assemble artwork like a pro


Each week, Mansion Global takes on a theme with elite designers from around the world working in luxury properties. This week we’re discussing how to display art and build a cohesive and creative gallery wall.

Choosing, assembling and hanging art takes a great eye. Whether it’s different sizes, colors, frames, and hanging salon style, or a strategically placed gallery collection that serves as a room’s focal point, art should enhance the interior architecture and furniture.

“Just as the other components in a room are chosen to create balance within the overall space, so is art,” said Elizabeth Krueger, owner of Elizabeth Krueger Design in Chicago. “The art chosen should honor the elements already in the space, building upon them, filling in the gaps, and providing an extra layer of intrigue, so the end product exudes cohesion and a sense of balance.

Mansion Global asked a group of designers the secret to choosing art and curating a balanced collection. This is what they suggested.

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Highlight a common topic

“There is no formula for building a perfect gallery wall, but it pays to keep an element consistent. Lots of people who make a gallery wall often have a collection—whether it’s family photos, oils, or landscape photos. But in any case, they should Your mod contains a story or a line of text.For example, if you have a group of antique oils and they have a similar frame, they group them together even if all the panels are different.

“The background color on the wall is very important. Being neutral allows the graphics to stand out, but lately clients have embraced deep colors—everything from black and navy to a dark terracotta wall, which creates a lot of interest in the images.”

‘With a gallery wall, you often make a statement, either based on a unique element in a room’s structure or accentuating a piece of furniture. Gallery walls can easily become very busy, so your guests may not even know the wall color. Try to avoid it. Remember that they are not permanent fixtures. And you can always update it as your group evolves.”

Jodi Beckett believes that highlighting a common theme is vital when curating artwork.

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— Judy Beckett of Design Lines Signature in Raleigh, North Carolina

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Always put art before commenting

“I always put a set of art on the floor before it’s set on the wall. On the floor, we measure the size of the piece and the spacing between each work; then we use blue [painter’s] Tape to mark it on the wall, starting from right to left and top to bottom. Attach a replica of what is on the floor to the wall.

“If the furniture in a room has a lot of pattern and movement, I wouldn’t put a set or gallery wall in the space—it can look too cluttered and cluttered. I book a series for rooms that handle a bit more movement.”

“For the series, I take a look at how the artist hangs it up in the gallery. The exact scaling varies by the size of the work and the size of the frame. In general, I don’t like large gaps between images; tight spaces make the art collection look uniform.”

According to Kara Adam, putting art before hanging should be part of the process.

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– Kara Adam, Kara Adam Interiors in Dallas

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Start with color, play with shape, size and direction

‘I’ll usually start with a color palette and work on every piece in this overall layout. I like to play with a mix of shapes and sizes and a healthy mix of landscape and landscape. Filter everything through this scheme, so you feel cohesive even if the pieces are different from each other. I start with the largest piece of art as a focal point and build on it.

“Don’t forget to make it personal and try to incorporate any memorabilia of your own. It can easily get messy with too many ideas, so my best advice is to outline what you want to hang and always go back to your initial color palette.”

Leslie Murphy, owner and creative director of Murphy Maude Interiors in Memphis, Tennessee


When in doubt, be big

“My rule of thumb is to choose the artworks you love. What is beautiful and touching is not the same across the board.

“When the goal is to really fill a wall, my preference is to go for massive artwork. If the assembly is too small, there is no goal. When in doubt, be large.”

“In larger gatherings, aiming to fill two-thirds of the wall is a good rule of thumb. If the artwork or photography itself isn’t big enough to fill the wall, mats can make a difference, like the size of the frame. Creating negative space can be by pasting A smaller work of art in a large frame is visually stunning.”

A small gathering won’t have an effect, so Elizabeth Krueger recommends scaling up.

Mike Schwartz

Designer Elizabeth Krueger in Chicago

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