In Design: How to Frame Your Space

When you buy as much art as we do, you’ll soon realize that walls can only handle so much. Ultimately, making your collection both visible and balanced within your living space can’t be solved with spatial planning alone — getting creative is key. Even if your inventory isn’t as abundant as an art dealer’s, transforming a slim collection into a visual powerhouse can be as simple as a change in context — whether that’s getting art off the wall, or simply out of the frame it came with. Before you get started, get inspired....

1. Top a makeshift side-table pile of your favorite art books with a narrowly framed photo


2. Try arranging differently shaped pieces along an antique entryway bench

3. Draw the eye towards the horizon with a complimentary color palette and parallel imagery, perfectly executed by the work of David Burdeny.

David Burdeny in Hamburg Kennedy's Residential Portfolio

David Burdeny in Hamburg Kennedy's Residential Portfolio

4. Anchor a vertical wall hangings with a substantial display, like this box-frame planted on a vintage chair


5. Try lining frames along the floor to keep the focus consistent in a room with shorter furniture and low-hanging lighting

6. Quickly dress up a blank wall by attaching a collage of inexpensive reproductions using opaque artist’s tape



7. A large-scale mural guarantees that a wall will make a statement. An elegant backdrop like this mural of the Musée du Louvre may appeal to you, or you can enlarge a black-and-white photo of your own and print it out panel by panel in several engineer prints for something more custom.


8. Create the sense of a sophisticated gallery with a wall collage of photos from the pages of magazines. Start with a unifying theme—whether it's black-and-white portraits or world architecture—and then flip through titles known for spectacular photography, like Vanity Fair or National Geographic, for your clippings.

9. Hang photos in front of your bookshelf


10. Let the wall paper be the image within the frame.  Choose wall paper with different colors, scenic views, whimsical shapes, textures etc.  Them place an empty frame on the wall .  The frames give the wall a clean and uniform look. Also have the frame to match the molding or outline color being used within the space.