Designers are constantly seeking ways to fill a home with personality and character. After all, personalization is the vital secret ingredient needed to transform a building into a warm, and happy home. Did you know that psychologists have proven that surrounding ourselves with personal treasures and momentoes can actually improve our mood?
But working out how best to assemble and display an odd, often mismatched collection of memorabilia can seem a bit daunting. So if this is your first time – keep it simple – use identical frames arranged in a grid for a clean and cohesive look.
What I love about grouping smaller pieces together, is just how versatile a group can be. It just depends on how you put them together.
Need a focal point for a corridor?
Or short of funds for the size of painting needed to a fill a large empty wall?- No problem! In this project that I completed for a couple in Singapore, I just grouped together a selection of smaller favourites to form the size that I needed to fill the empty space.
If you happen to be fortunate enough to enjoy lofty spaces. Highlight them! A selection of artwork placed up high, draws the eye maximising the sense of space.
Invoking a casual vibe.
Trying to create a room that just oozes a relaxing vibe- then a bevy of mismatched art could be just the ticket. I decorated this family room a few years ago and what I love about it is that it is a room that lives and breathes (and grows!). It is a free-flowing organic look, made up of a mixture of the family’s personal favourites. The beauty of this style is that you can start with just a few pieces and keep adding to it without worrying about messing up a tight configuration.
Think beyond frames…
Why limit yourself to framed photos or paintings. In this home in Singapore East Coast, Andrea and I rummaged through the family’s treasure trove of trinkets and memorabilia and decorated their walls with plates, vases and even trivets.
This is one of my current favourite images. It is Donna Karens home. I love how the mismatched art gives the room a lovely casual feel. Notice how the dark backdrop sets off pieces so wonderfully. And what a neat trick… cant find enough art pieces that you love, then the frames will do just nicely thank you!
I am definitely going to try this idea out for a project soon.
Nikki’s Tip: Before you break out the hammer, lay the art out on the floor and cut newspaper to the size of each piece. Using some blue tack or masking tape, position the paper on the wall to test out the arrangement until you’re happy with the effect.