So what is a statement wall?
A statement wall, otherwise known as a feature wall can be the chimney breast in a living room or dining room, the main wall in a bedroom that the bed backs on to or it can be a splash back in the kitchen. It has one aim and that is to make a “statement” and give the room a wow factor.
Even those walls on each side of the chimney breast or that expanse of wall under the stairs can be used to create a statement wall.
Before you begin
You will want to plan ahead a little before you start because you really don’t want to mess this up do you? By following the 7 simple steps below you shouldn’t go wrong.
1/ Where is the wall?
Let’s say as an example you have a bare chimney breast wall in the dining room that is crying out for some wow. This is the wall that you want to make that statement. You can now move to step 2.
2/ How many pictures?
By knowing how many pictures you have to hang will give you an idea of how and where on the wall you want to place them. For example you have three pictures all the same size and with the same frames. Now you can move to step 3.
Take into consideration the colours of the art and the colour scheme of the room. Maybe that chimney breast is painted in a pillar box red and those three pictures are black and white prints in black shiny frames. You hold one up against the wall and it looks perfect. Now you are onto a winner and can move to step 4.
4/ Do they work in the room?
You will want to make sure that the art and frames work well in the rest of the room too if that is important to you. You already know that they look great on the wall but do they go with that black and chrome dining suite. It does? Win win, you can now move to step 5.
5/ How to hang them
It is a good idea to place the pictures on the floor and experiment with different arrangements until you find the one that you like the most. This way you won’t have knocked in any nails and will have avoided any messy unwanted holes. All you have to decide now is if those three pictures will look better vertically or horizontally in a perfectly straight line. Let’s say you decide to go horizontal, now you can move on to step 6.
6/ Before hanging
Don’t go knocking any nails in yet. Ideally you want the middle of the picture to be at eye level and you will want to leave between 5 and 10 centimetres between each one, so get that spirit level and pencil out before you move on to step 7.
7/ Make that wow!
Now all you have to do is decide which one of those three pictures are going to be placed in the middle and which ones either side. That is how easy it is to make a statement wall.
Now you can step back and admire your handy work.
But before you go, here are a few handy bonus tips to think about while creating your statement wall.
7 BONUS TIPS
- A statement wall that is in your line of sight as you enter the room will definitely give it that wow factor.
- Oversized art looks great on a statement wall if you have large rooms and high ceilings.
- Statement walls do not have to be huge: think alcove, or cost a museum like fortune.
- You can go as bold and as bright as you like, especially if the walls are of a neutral colour scheme.
- You can mix up the prints and the frames for an eclectic look.
- If you are going to use a variety of sizes then it would be a good idea to start with the largest in the centre and radiate out to the smallest. Always remember that the largest in this case would be at eye level to get the best effect.
- Most important of all is always always use the art that you love.
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