THE ART OF HANGING ART
DESIGN TIPS FROM A TRI POINTE EXPERT
Gorgeous new TRI Pointe home, check! Now for the fun part: styling and making your space personal. And what’s the best way to go about it? Well, if you’re a Home Enthusiast, it’s with an art collection. And no, that doesn’t have to mean hanging out at gallery openings to spot the next up-and-coming Warhol (though that does sound kind of fun, doesn’t it?). Art is about beauty; and beauty as the saying goes, is in the eye of the beholder. Whatever your thing is, embrace it. Posters? Paintings? Family photos? All good! The trick is just to display them properly. And by properly, we mean in such a way that the art, your home, and your personal style are all showcased to the hilt.
So, ready for a few art-hanging tips? Our Director of Marketing and in-house expert, Natalie Barrios, has called out five different techniques demonstrated at Bradford and Carlisle, some of our newest model homes.
#1: SCALE UP SMALL-SIZED ARTWORK
At Bradford, a collection of small black-and-white architectural images delivers a big graphic punch thanks to gallery-style black square frames paired with oversized white matting. Hung in a strictly linear configuration (get out that tape measure!), the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts, capable of anchoring a sizable wall. The repeating black-and-white motif lends this collection its crispness, but imagine the same treatment applied to vintage postcards, colorful clip-art or a selection of personal photographs. Bold and brilliant.
#2: FIND A UNIFYING THEME
In another Bradford model, an eclectic assortment of art and objects collected while traveling looks cohesive because of its shared color palette of greens, blacks and browns. The overall effect is earthy and organic, especially with those shadow boxes providing such rich texture. Love this? Think beyond 2-D, incorporating small mounted objects that fit within your visual framework.
#3: SHOW OFF FAMILY PHOTOS GALLERY-STYLE
Bradford Residence 3 Hall: Family photos get the gallery treatment. What brings them together (besides familial bonds of love and affection)? Identical frame and mat treatments, plus centering the gallery on a strong vertical and horizontal axis, which divides a seemingly random display into surprisingly neat quadrants. Map this one out on graph paper first, and when you start hanging, use a level to keep tops and bottom frame edges along the midline straight.
#4: JOIN THREE FOR ONE BREATHTAKING PANORAMA
#5: BREAK THE RULES
This sweet photographic pairing at Carlisle doesn’t really conform to any particular rule, which is why it illustrates the be-all, end-all, rule-of-rules: to thine own self be true. Yes, the matching brass frames are visually cohesive. As is the print style and subject matter. But what’s really happening here is an episode of personal storytelling. And exercising the freedom to hang things off-center just because. After all, it’s your home.
Natalie Barrios is the Director of Marketing for TRI Pointe Homes Southern California. With 19 years of industry experience she’s an in-house expert. Personally, she loves interior design and she’s not afraid of a little DIY remodeling. Football seems to be a theme around here, but unlike our last expert, Natalie is a Bruin at heart. That’s right, when she doesn’t have a nail gun in hand she’s probably doing the eight clap and cheering on her alma mater, UCLA! Fight, Fight, Fight!