Art warms a home, makes it interesting, provides topics for conversation and contemplation , adds colour, the list goes on indefinitely. There are various ways to display art; some are more successful than others. One option is leaning art against a wall rather than hanging it, but this display option isn’t always successful for a variety of reasons. If you want to try leaning art, consider the following factors.
1. Scale – Choose artwork large enough to read from standing or sitting position
|Large scale images work best|
When you want to lean work on the floor it needs to be large enough to observe from standing position and bold in imagery so it can be read at a distance. Even the dog get this!
The photo on the right works better than the the art to the left of it because the image is tiny.
|Bold form and simple composition|
The boldness and simplicity of this painting make viewing it easier when leaned on the floor. The objects in front of it enhance the placement and help to anchor it safely. They do not interfere with the reading of the image. Which leads to the next guideline…
2. Layering: Don’t cover major parts of an artwork
Layering other objects in front of an artwork is a tricky business. This vignette is successful because the image is large, dark and has quite a bit of space where there are no details. The chair and table lie in areas without too much detail. You don’t feel as if you are missing important elements of the work.
|Do you want to remove anything here?|
|Successful layering where each image is clearly seen.|
Layering art on shelves, consoles, and mantles can be very interesting. It is a way to display smaller pieces to good advantage. While this is a very simple vignette with the branch acting as a consolidating element, it is possible to have more complex collections of objects.
3. Colour scheme: Restrict colour combinations in leaning gallery display
|Limited colour scheme provides cohesion|
There are lots of small pieces in this display but they read as one unit because of the colour cohesiveness.