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Showcasing photos or artwork that means something special is a simple (and affordable!) way to infuse creative charm into any room. Here, designer Mark Cutler, who has appeared on HGTV’s Designers’ Challenge, shares tips for putting your interests and memories on stylish display!
1. Showcase style with a floating ledge.
The empty space above a sofa is the perfect place to make a big impact, says Cutler. “Placing frames on a ledge in this spot is an eye-catching yet easy way to showcase art — especially if you want to switch prints out with the seasons.”
To do: Hang a long ledge or shelf on the wall about eight inches to 10 inches above the back of your couch and display framed family photos, sketches or favorite prints on the ledge. For added interest, mix up frame sizes. Also smart: “Find a shelf deep enough to layer and overlap frames for a richer look.”
2. Wow with a classic grid design.
When displaying frames in a traditional grid format, Cutler suggests choosing a theme (like florals) and hanging frames about an inch apart. “This makes any wall read like a unified decorative collection. It will be a conversation piece!”
To do: Gather prints and frames, then measure the total space you want to fill. Before hanging, trace frames on newspaper and cut out, then tape cutouts to the wall to perfect placement and measurements. Make marks with pencil to use as a guide; hang frames.
3. Boost elegance with metallics.
“When I’m arranging a gallery wall, I choose one common thread to hold it all together,” says Cutler. For example, sticking to the same frame finish or hue will keep the display looking cohesive.
To do: Pick a motif (For chic sketches starting at $14 each, we love Society 6.) Before hanging, lay frames on the floor and play with the placement. When you find something you like, snap a photo, then try other arrangements. Before hanging, put a glue dot on the back corners of each frame to keep them straight.
This article originally appeared in our print magazine.
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