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How to Mix Framed & Unframed Art to Create a Cohesive Wall Collage

| April 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

Wall collages are a great interior design idea to pull together your wall art and digital photography, especially if you have a lot of different pieces. You can even mix framed and unframed art together in a wall collage to cut down on the expense of framing. These decorating ideas will help you create a cohesive wall collage using framed and unframed pieces, from digital photography and canvas prints to paintings and travel mementos.

1. Choose a unifier. Almost all of the photos you use should have at least one thing in common; if you’re creating a large wall collage, you can get away with a few pieces that don’t fit the main theme. Things you can use as a unifier include:

  • Theme, or subject
  • Frame color
  • Piece color
  • Similar framed and unframed size
  • Similar frame style for all framed pieces

2. If you want to use two different themes in the same wall collage, order by subject matter. If your wall collage will be circular, put one theme in the middle and the second theme on the outside. For a rectangular collage, you might have one theme merge into the next from left to right.

3. Add visual interest with 3 dimensional objects, like clocks, ceramics, deep canvas prints, travel mementos, or anything else that fits your base theme or color.

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This wall collage makes great use of an unframed canvas print and 3D pieces, like the deep mirrors and letters on the right. Via Melissa Brand on Pinterest.

 

4. Think about mixed mediums. If you’re using both paintings and digital photography in your wall collage, think about including a piece or two of mixed media that use painting and photography in the same piece.

5. Consider using an anchor piece. If one of your pieces is much larger than the others, you can still use it; it just needs to be an anchor, or center piece, since no matter where you hang it, it will draw attention. It’s best to put these in the center of any wall collage.

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This wall collage uses a large framed portrait as an anchor, and proves that wall collages can do big things in small spaces! Photo Courtesy Lonny Magazine.

 

6. Clear a space on the floor to lay out your pieces as if they were going on the wall. This will allow you to get a preview and make any swaps before you start hanging your art.

7. Leave the same amount of space between all pieces, even if the pieces are different sizes. Most designers recommend 1.5” to 2.5” of space between all sides, though the width of the space is not as important as keeping the same space between all artwork.

8. Mimic the space around the collage. If there are a lot of circles in the room, use a circular outline for your collage. If the collage is alongside a staircase, be sure to mimic the staircase flow by laddering the pieces you use.

9. Start with the middle piece. With newspaper, cut out the shapes and sizes of each piece that you want to use from their position on the floor, then align the cutouts on the wall. Measure the space between each, and when you are certain of placement, start hanging. Always start with the middle piece in both steps to make sure that you have enough space and still like the layout.

10. Integrate the collage with your décor. Place the collage above a table set with travel souvenirs and smaller art or around a picture rail to add depth and further visual interest.

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This wall collage extends to the table beneath it, displaying treasured mementos. Photo Courtesy Pottery Barn.

 

Using a wall collage will help you use your digital photography, canvas prints, and other artwork in the same room together without breaking the flow of your interior design ideas. Re-create the shapes and themes of your room on the wall and let your personality shine!

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