Art really pulls a room together and makes it feel finished.  When correctly displayed it makes the difference between the space not having a purpose and it feeling completed and functional.  You need to ensure that you pick art pieces that fit in with the style that you have decided on for the room.  All the images chosen for this article are abstract as they are not only for the contemporary interiors but can also complement the most traditional of interiors.  Since the early 1900s, abstract art has formed a central stream of modern art.

The Tate Gallery defines Abstract Art as art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect.

The term can be applied to art that is based an object, figure or landscape, where forms have been simplified or schematised.

Abstract art is often seen as carrying a moral dimension, in that it can be seen to stand for virtues such as order, purity, simplicity and spirituality.

Our 6 picture hanging rules:

1 – Last but not least

Hang pictures only once you have determined the room layout and all your furniture is in place.

2 – Don’t give too much space

Keep the spaces between pictures 2″ to 4″ apart. Spacing should be consistent vertically and horizontally, throughout the grouping. The larger the art, the wider the space can be. If you have too much space between pictures, your composition will look disjointed. The artwork will feel like it is floating away from one another.

3 – Less is sometimes enough

You don’t have to hang a picture or grouping on every wall. This often appears too busy, fussy, and prevents you from creating a focal point in the room.

4 – Keep a level head

As a general rule, hang art at eye level, which is 58″ to 60″ off the ground to centre of image. Don’t hang pictures at different heights in the room. Keep them at the same level so your eye is not bouncing from picture to picture.

5 – The Artwork matters

When hanging a picture over a piece of furniture, leave 6″ to 8″ above the sofa, table, chest, sideboard or mantel. Remember you want to place art low enough that it relates to the furniture, but not so low that it gets hidden by the accessories. If you have artwork over a cabinet, you may need to adjust this height, depending on the accessories that are placed on the surface.

6 – Size Matters

A small picture over a big sofa will look awkward. A common mistake people make is hanging a grouping that is too small for the furniture under it. Plan your arrangement so that it covers at least two-thirds of the wall space. For instance, if your sofa is 7′ wide, your grouping or picture should be 5′ wide or more. Although it can be wider than two-thirds of the sofa, it should not be wider than the sofa or furniture itself.

Be brave, be bold, make your home your own and don’t neglect the smaller rooms in your home like the hallway and the bathroom….


Ambient Light These sources use the ceiling/wall as a reflector to diffuse and spread the light.  They have no glare, so offer a very calming...

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