July 14, 2009

Decorating An Art Wall

With the grunt work on my basement finally near completion, it is time to get excited about the decorating. And just in time — I am drained from noise, mess, decision-making and I desperately need some fun. Above are two shots from one of my favourite homes, Thomas O’Brien’s New York apartment. Again, he has soaring ceilings and beautiful light, which I am sorely lacking, but I recognize in him the need for the personal. This is the home of a true collector and his talent for display is impeccable.

Decorating inspiration - Thomas O'Brien's New York apartment

Take a look at his art walls: a beautiful mix of media, framing, matting — this is a free for all and it works. For my little basement I may need to stick with something more consistent. Black frames and creamy white matting will make a mix of images read as a cohesive collection. The smaller vignette from O’Brien’s place (below) works as well, since the artwork nicely wraps around a statement piece of furniture. This seems a little more do-able in a small space — keep it contained to one small wall but still break out of the gallery style of hanging everything along a straight line.

Decorating inspiration

Filling out a wall is now a little easier on the budget when trolling Have you tried shopping here? It is fantastic. Here are some artists I may end up buying from and imagine this nice mix living together on one wall. I may go for the mix with an encaustic (bee’s wax treatment), a photograph or two, a couple of works by printmakers. I think it will all hang together quite nicely.

art wall collection

Learn more about hanging photos in groupings or helpful tips for hanging art. Or if photography isn’t your thing, find out How To Hang Plates On A Wall.

Photo credits:
1-3. Thomas O’Brien’s apartment from
Habitually Chic November 21, 2008, photography by Martyn Thompson
Christopher Stott from
Hand in Hand from
Paulo Coelho Eye Chart Quote from
Fall Walk from
Letterpress Blue Bicycle Print from