While we all enjoy viewing galleries, few of us have the budget – or space – to include costly artworks in our own interior.
But according to Lucinda Costello, director of the Affordable Art Fair, there are simple ways to maximize the impact of the pieces you can stretch – whether you live in a semi-bed or a studio.
Lucinda told FEMAIL, there are hanging hacks that can make a living room look even bigger and at the same time bring your art to full maturity, and tricks for choosing frames that make prints look like limited editions.
& # 39; There are plenty of great, affordable tricks to fill the space in the wall without breaking the bank & # 39 ;, she explains.
Maybe you live in a studio the size of a shoebox, do you have your own room to decorate or do you want to revive a cozy corner in your house? Whatever the size, there are many ways to refresh your space, & Lucinda explains.
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Lucinda Costello, director of the Affordable Art Fair, says that there are a few simple tricks that make cheap artwork seem infinitely more expensive. Techniques such as crooked pieces against a wall (top) can also make the rooms appear larger than they really are
MAKE CEILINGS APPEAR UP HIGHER
& # 39; If you live in a small house, you automatically think of the disadvantage: tight spaces, not enough storage space and of course less space on the wall to fill with glorious art. But in fact, a few well-placed prints, paintings or sculptures can really maximize your space and make it feel bigger, lighter and bigger than before, Lucinda notes.
& # 39; A great way to give the illusion of space is to accentuate the higher parts of your home. Adding a beautiful print or canvas over a door or in a series of shelves is a brilliant way to create an illusion of depth. Similarly, a suspended vertical gallery can suggest a higher ceiling. & # 39;
Leaning – instead of hanging – certain pieces can also save space. Lucinda recommends putting large art on the floor against a wall if you have low ceilings or leaning on shelves if there is no space on your walls.
Dividing a space in different segments can create the illusion of a larger area, says Lucinda. Consider combining two complementary prints next to your bed to create a clear & # 39; sleep & # 39; zone
THE SUN TRUC
The compartmentalization of a smaller space can also help to increase the feeling – a technique that is best done with art, explains Lucinda.
Share your space in different segments, depending on how they are used – to work, sleep, relax or eat – and choose art that reflects this idea. & # 39;
BE COLOR SLIM
& # 39; Think monochromatic when it comes to color scheme & # 39; s. A lot of color and pattern can overwhelm a small space, include a different shade or tone in your artwork selection to make smaller spaces look bigger.
If you have printed wallpaper, try a sculpture. It will not fight for your eye in the same way as hanging a painting or printing on a wall with patterns. & # 39;
Expert Lucinda reveals the composition of various pieces of work in a cluster known as & # 39; salon hang & # 39; – a trick that can make a big impression, regardless of the size of the space you have
THE SALON HANG
Often called a "gallery wall", a salon hang refers to an arrangement of different works of art grouped in a grid or more eclectic arrangement.
& # 39; Embrace a salon wallpaper and use multiple pieces together in a cluster to show as much of your collection as possible. A variety of small works can make a big impression regardless of the size of your space,, says Lucinda, who suggests saving money by including family photos or low value pieces. & # 39;
Lucinda proposes to decorate simple, affordable prints with explanatory frames to make them look more expensive. A faux gold design (above) can help elevate the work
USE CLEVER FRAMING
It is not only the way in which you hang up your art, but also how it is accessorised.
& # 39; The proper organization of a work can completely change its appearance. A daring and alternative framework, especially if you opt for something considerably larger than the original artwork, helps fill a wall in no time, & Lucinda says, also advises to consider a float confirmation that lifts the art very slightly.
When it comes to assembling your work in the frame, a float attachment can help a work to look more expensive and works particularly well if the paper or canvas has an interesting and unfinished appearance on the edge. & # 39; ;
The next Affordable Art Fair will take place from 15 to 18 November in Hamburg. For more information, go to affordableartfair.com