Fact Number 1: If music is how we decorate time, art is how we decorate a space. Fact Number 2: If you live in Malta, and believe yourself to be a patriot, then there are at least two things you should definitely be doing:

  • Buying produce from a (we have several!) farmer’s market
  • Supporting local artists, artisans, and craftsmen by giving their work a home in your house.

Besides, there’s no better way to add local flavour and Maltese character into your home than by adding creations made by talents in Malta.

Then again, mixing ingredients is healthy: Your collection can include work that kindles memories of places you’ve visited abroad, ideas or people you hold close, and work by artists whom you enjoy, be that the portraits of Frida, the colours of Matisse, or the landscapes of Van Gogh.

Art is how we communicate our feelings about the world, to the world. In your home, it gives visitors a peek into your imagination. Doesn’t matter what you choose to add (or how), as long as it makes you feel better when you look at it.

For this article, we are going over different ways you can show off artwork in your house to make a statement (or tell a little story).

Linear

  • Works well with pieces that have the same, sizes and frames
  • Can also work if you put really small portraits with bigger ones in a line: just create a composition that’s appealing.
  • Horizontally, they can emphasis elements such as a dining table, piano, or sofa.

Suspended

  • Portraits suspended from a frame rail are easy to arrange, add a dynamic appeal, and give you the opportunity to get really creative with composition.
  • A strong benefit of suspending portraits is that you can arrange them at different heights, so you can smaller and bigger pieces in lots of fun ways
  • They’re not hung against the wall, so you can opt for this if your landlord doesn’t allow wall modifications.

Grid

  • Emphasis balance and order by aligning pictures in precise rows and columns, forming a big grid.
  • A very good way of accentuating the natural lines of a room, adding a sense of geometry and symmetry to the space
  • You can complete the grid with pieces or décor items that aren’t paintings.

Leaning

  • Placing artwork on the floor or on a surface, such as a shelf, table, or desk, and making it lean against the wall offers a world of flexibility, a fresh, young approach, and if done well, can be a fantastic addition to your room.
  • Artwork needs to be of some height, or it’ll look like it doesn’t belong. At the very least, the upper third of it should be at or above eye-level.
  • No holes to drill or nails to hammer!
  • Not friendly to tiny humans or pets, unless you put it on a surface like a table, cabinet, or desk.
  • Or get adventurous and put one on a chair (just make sure they don’t clash).

Salon style

  • It’s an old school approach, romantic and dramatic.
  • Particularly advantageous if you have lots of different frame finishes and dimensions
  • A room with a salon-style art wall can feel stuffy if it also has lots of furniture, but if done well, they can also make it cosy, give it a sense of warmth and domesticity.
  • Best for high ceilings.

Cluster

  • Create a loosely defined, organic space that uses asymmetry to achieve balance.
  • Ideal for artworks of various sizes and different frame finishes and allows you to add more to it as you increase your collection.
  • An easier approach than the salon style if you don’t have a great number of artworks