Since the ceiling height in my living room is 12’, hanging a large piece of art over the sofa makes perfect design sense. An original piece of art this large would cost a pretty penny but an art wall comprised of different pieces wouldn’t break the bank.
This is how it looked recently. The three photographs were taken by a friend and although I really love them, it was time for a change.
I was inspired when I received the abstract painting I bought in support of Matt Leblanc’s Art for Life campaign. (He raised over $35,000 for the fight against cancer!)
I didn’t really have a wall that would suit just this one painting (24” x 24”), so I shopped my house for art and photos that would work with the abstract. I have always loved the work of Anne Harwell and Laura Trevey, so I purchased prints from their Etsy shops as well.
This is how it looks now and I just love it! I had some girlfriends over recently and they said it really warms up the space. That’s the beauty of art – it gives a home soul and personality.
Below is a breakdown of what is on the wall. All of it has beauty, meaning or both. I smile every time I look at it. (I have moved the Be Happy up an inch since this photo was taken.)
I played around with the composition on the floor until this one felt right. There is no right or wrong with this. I didn’t want it to be perfect and tried real hard to make it look like the art was hung randomly – like it was collected over time. I think it’s much easier to hang art in a grid with even spacing in between than to hang art randomly.
The best thing about this arrangement is that I can change some of the photos and can add to it on top if I feel the need.
1. Photograph of a 15th century building, Portugal – Vanessa Francis
2. Lemon (acrylic) – Vanessa Francis
3. Photograph – taken by a friend
4. Poster from a Paris art gallery (backpacking trip in the 1980’s)
5. Nude (contours and foreshortening) done at art school – Vanessa Francis
6. Photo of my Dad as a young boy in India (only photo that exists of my Dad as a child)
7. Oil painting of Montreal done by a dear family member (in the 70’s) who has since passed.
8. My Mum in her early 20’s in England. (1960’s)
9. Print on Canvas – Anne Harwell
10. Original abstract – Matt Leblanc
11. Life’s too short not to be happy, right? – Vanessa Francis (I may change this to a reddish background and stencil “Joy, Peace, Family” or something like that for the holiday season.)
12. Photographs of Venice and the Acropolis, Greece – taken with a very amateur camera on a backpacking trip. Like how it is grainy and moody.
13. Watercolour print – Laura Trevey
What do you think?
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