So, you’re working from home and have had some extra time on your hands to get a little creative. Hey, you may have even had a chance to try your hand at our very own virtual art class with Danielle Cross.
Brighten your mood, lift your spirits and stay inspired to keep creating by curating your very own gallery space in your own home (and, of course, prep your place to impress all your friends ahead of all those dinner parties post-iso).
FIND THE PERFECT SPACE
Whether you’ve painted a canvas, created a work on paper or snapped an amazing photograph, before you frame or hang the masterpiece, you’ll want to find the perfect space in your home. You’ll need to find a blank wall, somewhere that is not too cluttered, where furniture is not too high. Above couches or hallways work great!
GATHER YOUR ART
Whether your own creations, or pieces you have gathered from your favourite artists, gather all the pieces you have to create your at home gallery, this can be just one artwork – or an eclectic mix of many! Remember, variety is the spice of life, so don’t be afraid to mix things like framed magazine clippings, postcards or letters – with a canvas or framed painting you’ve created yourself.
FRAME OR PRINT YOUR CREATIONS
If you’ve created works yourself, be sure to give them the credit they deserve! If you’ve created on paper, select a frame that matched your artwork and your interiors.
The Arthouse has a service that ships nationwide. You can print and frame your favourite photographs or have your own artworks framed by their in-house specialist team.
ADD INTRIGUE TO YOUR WORKS OF ART
Whether you’re adding different textures to your at-home paintings such as aluminium foil or layered paint – or looking to transform an image you snapped on your daily walk, make sure each piece of art tells a story. The Blacklist, founded by Australian artist, Nathan Johnson has an amazing service where you can print and frame your own photos – and even add his signature typography on top of your own photographs, transforming them into a unique piece of art.
STICK TO A COLOUR SCHEME
Make your at-home gallery or at-home masterpieces consistent and give your ‘gallery’ a more cohesive look by picking prints or creating art that has a common colour throughout all – even if just a tiny bit (may we suggest Aperol orange!?)
GO FOR SYMMETRY AND MAINTAIN BALANCE
If you’re hanging more than one artwork, get out your ruler. Start with a centre and a hero piece of art, then work out from there. Use your ruler to ensure your frames, artworks, polaroids or post-cards are aligned and straight, maintain balance by ensuring large artworks are balanced with 2-3 smaller artworks adjacent. Art aficionados recommend laying out your artworks on the floor first – before affixing them to a wall.
GO BEYOND PICTURES AND ACCESSORISE YOUR SPACE
Think beyond canvases or frames to bring your space to life! Once your ‘gallery wall’ is complete, finish the space with accessories like fairy lights in the bedroom or a bar cart (complete with a bottle of Aperol) in front of your gallery wall in the kitchen or living room. We also love marquee lights, mirrors, or wall-hung mirrors as intriguing additions to your gallery wall (we’ve even created a gallery wall out of vintage tennis racquets at our pop-up bar at The Australian Open!).