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Your Vintage Wall Art Buying Essentials

When searching for that right wall art item—whether original, used, or vintage—you need to consider the space that you are adding it to, as well as the existing décor you have in your home. Creating a space that you love in your house is key to making it a place that you enjoy coming back to every day. Adding vintage wall art is the perfect way to turn a room that is lacking character into an area that has some pizazz.

Personalize any space by using vintage photography, maps of favorite places or favorite building designs as artwork. Use secondhand wall art that complements the color and style of the space. Remember to take care when hanging artwork, as a beautiful piece can look out of place if not hung properly.

Read more to discover which vintage wall art will best complement a particular space and to learn tips and tricks on how to properly hang artwork gallery-style.

Types Of Vintage Wall Art

Artwork can be as personal or impersonal as desired. When choosing the perfect used wall art for a room, consider a mix of different types of mediums that work cohesively together.

Paintings: Abstract, watercolor and oil, just to name a few, are some of the many mediums you’ll find when searching for vintage paintings. Ranging from monotone to bright in color, finding a painting to complement any room or style can be shouldn’t be difficult but can be overwhelming. First, narrow down the color pallet, and then choose the desired theme of the painting. Abstract paintings tend to use a bolder color pallet while a vintage piece may use a more muted color pallet.

Photography: Whether depicting people, landscape or nature, photography are the most common form of wall art. This versatile media is available in a vast array of shades to fit any room’s color palette, including black and white and sepia tones. It can be as personal as desired by showcasing family, friends or pets, or it can be taken by an artist who can truly capture the beauty of a particular setting. Try displaying vintage photos in a cluster arrangement for a unique and beautiful display.

Architecture Floor Plans: Every structure that is currently standing, or once stood, was designed by somebody, and in order to build that structure, an architect must have drawn a blueprint. Modern drawings, typically done by computers, can add to an industrial theme to any room, while vintage, hand-drawn floor plans can add an eclectic vibe to a study. Better yet, acquire the blueprint to a favorite or iconic landmark or building to showcase personality in a space.

Metal Designs: Another versatile type of wall art is a metal design. With a material such as metal come a wide variety of colors. Silver and chrome metal lean towards a chic, modern design, while gold and brass metal are reminiscent of a mid-century home (and make for great vintage pieces). Brightly colored metal designs can add a pop of color to an otherwise monotone space. Muted metal colors can give that warm, rustic feel to a room.

Maps: Do you have a favorite travel destination or a location that is meaningful? Consider framing a map of that spot and showcasing it as wall art. This is a great way to personalize a space. Instead of simply printing a roadmap, search out a secondhand, antique map to add a touch of sophistication and history to an already special locale.

Mirrors: Whether they are made of metal or wood, mirrors are a wonderful addition to any space. Mirrors range quite a bit in style from ultra modern and chic to traditional and ornate, and they are a great piece of wall art to purchase secondhand and antique. Consider adding a mirror to a smaller rooms or apartment in order to create the illusion of a larger room.

Rules For Hanging Wall Art

After choosing the perfect artwork for the space, the time comes to display it on a wall. Clustering artwork together is a great way to showcase multiple pieces of wall art that are all cohesive. In order to achieve “organized chaos” with multiple pieces hung together, consider the following tips before pounding the nails.

Height and Width: First, determine the piece of furniture in which the artwork will be displayed above. This piece of furniture will act as an anchor for the cluster of wall art and will help determine the display’s dimensions. Generally speaking, the top edge of the highest artwork should be about 7 feet from the floor, while the lowest point should end 5 to 6 inches about the furniture. The outermost edges of the artwork cluster should only extend 3 to 6 inches beyond the edge of the furniture.

Size and Specs: Mix different shaped pieces (but featuring a similar size) together, but be sure to include one piece of art that is a third larger than the rest in order to ground the group. Try including different mediums (photographs, painting, sketches) to make the wall more interesting and eclectic.

The Space Between: The closer the art is together, the bolder the impact. By leaving two or three inches between frames instead of simply nailing multiple pieces of art to the wall, the cluster appears more deliberate and impactful.

It is important to take as much care and consideration in hanging the artwork you pick, as in choosing it. Remember, there is no right or wrong when it comes to art, so have fun with it!