There's no denying that fabulous artworks, framed photographs and collections of curios make a house feel like a well-loved home. They speak volumes about you, your family, your travels, personal interests – not to mention your homemaker style. But so often they're left leaning against the walls at floor level, just waiting for their time to shine. Well, here's the inspiration you need to get the lot off the floor, onto your walls and up your interior styling game.
Collections of all kinds
Don't let your quirky collections go unnoticed, put them to work as a striking, one-of-a-kind wall display. Decide on the layout and positioning – here a symmetrical arrangement of framed butterflies works beautifully above a small vintage cabinet – then simply hang them in place. PS, mix up the scene by using ribbon to suspend a pair of frames with ribbon – it's all in the detail!
Go the grid!
For a series of six prints, it doesn't get much easier and effective than this! Keep your chosen frames and mount-board alike in scale and colour, then simply arrange the set in a neat 2 x 3 grid, perhaps above a sideboard in the dining room or low chest of drawers in a bedroom. Psst... Take advantage of self-adhesive picture-hanging strips to make mounting your collection on the wall nice and easy. Plus, because the strips removable, they're the perfect solution for renters!
It's a colour match!
Even if you have a jumbled mix of paintings, photos and prints, differing in frame types, they can still look sensational when united by colour. Try it out! Group the majority of your works together by similar shades (here, brilliant blues), arrange them on a flat surface until you're happy with the layout, then simply transfer the arrangement to a wall painted in a softer version of the chosen colourway. The odd mirror or framed black and white print works into the scheme easily, too.
So you've accumulated a mix 'n' match of all kinds of artworks and prints? You'll achieve decorating success by grouping them together tightly, perhaps above your sofa, then echoing the key colours of the frames and subject matter in your soft furnishings. Even if one frame breaks away from the pack, as here, it's all about getting the balance of scale and colour just right and having a little fun along the way!
Up the drama
Who says framed artworks only look spectacular on stark white walls? Try hosting a series of punchy prints above your study desk on a wall painted in a dramatic shade of charcoal (or any other deep, moody shade you love). Keep the chosen frames united by colour and arrange them in a formal 2 x 3 grid for maximum impact.