School of Art: How to place art in small spaces

For many of us, life in big cities often translates to having smaller homes and workspaces. In fact, many people consciously choose to live in small spaces for the sake of simplicity or minimalism. Placing artworks in cozy settings of your home or office can seem like a daunting task, but as usual, we are here to help. Adding art can add so much character and vibrancy to small spaces, and if done the right way, it can actually make the place look quite spacious. Here are some recommendations:

Go for big artworks

Victorian Indian by Sarah Kaushik
Shed Fear. Dive Deep by Umang Dedha
The Alfonso At The Matinee Show by Neethi

Big artworks can give a pretty concrete character to your small place. A large artwork on a wall, for example, could become a statement piece and the focal point that ties your whole place together.

Get art you really love

Of course, you need to completely be in love with the art you bring into your snug homes. These artworks, especially the big ones, would probably be the first thing you and your visitors will see in your space. They must reflect your personality and taste in some way.

Keep the space in mind

Choose spaces in your house/office/studio that could serve well for particular kind of art pieces. For example, pieces that require slightly close encounters to fully reveal themselves could be placed in hallways or in a small room – basically somewhere where they draw viewers in and also give them some space to observe it for a few minutes. Similarly, places like bookshelves could double up as spaces for small framed art pieces or miniatures or tiny sculptures.

Your furniture will also play an important role in deciding the kind of art you bring into your small space, or vice versa. If you decide to go for that really bold and big artwork on a wall, your furniture and upholstery needs to be quite understated to go along with that.

Goodnight, Limbo Level 10 by Madhav Nair

Tinker with the art and space

If you are still hesitant to directly go for a big artwork, you could accentuate smaller prints with the right framing, by creating borders etc. Another way is to place a few small pieces in a concentrated portion of a wall to create that dramatic focal point.

Another tip is to look out for pieces that you can hang vertically instead of horizontally.

Also, take instinctive decisions based on the strengths and weaknesses of your space. For example, take advantage of natural light if that’s available while choosing a spot for your artwork. If you have staircases, for example, use them as a mini-gallery to display a series of similar art pieces (either in size or theme).

Spherical by Aniruddh Mehta Vector, Abstract by Gaurav Sharma (Left to Right)


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Words by Art&Found Team

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