So you went to your favorite gallery and found the piece of your dreams (personally, scoring a deal on eBay is more likely), but you're not sure how to display your new modern abstract wall art. We can't think of anything that goes better together than beautiful, innovative artwork and a well-decorated space—emphasis on the latter. The last thing you'd want is to undermine any art's beauty by hanging it crookedly in a drab living room environment. That being said, the right piece can exponentially elevate a lackluster room. They've got the power, indeed.
While we love the idea of a gallery wall of watercolor portraits and landscape paintings in the hall or a grandiose, large-scale photograph in the dining room, we're real suckers for modern abstract wall art. If you need some guidance on how to do it yourself, this helpful roundup of expert tips from our hip friends over at Framebridge will do the trick. In fact, you may want to print it out, frame it, and hang it up with the rest of your collection, because "art." Just kidding. Likewise, if you've been spotting a piece you love but want to ensure it's worth the investment, scroll through our visual examples to see just how gorgeous a new piece can be.
Bring Drama to the Dining Room
While we like to avoid situations that turn the dining room table into screenplay material, there's one kind of drama that it is suitable for: high-impact wall art. If you set the table with minimalistic pieces and classic staples, decorate the walls with abstract paintings. Consider playing with proportion, too. We tend to think the larger and bolder the piece, the more visually dramatic it will be. Framebridge's Claudia Naím-Burt stresses two words to communicate the results of well-styled abstract art: "sophistication and visual interest." Who wouldn't want those attributes?
Make an Impression in the Entryway
Since the foyer is the first area of your home your guests will see, make a good impression by hanging an abstract piece over a traditional console table. If you don't have a grand entryway, a corner in the opening room would look just as nice. And don't forget the importance of color. Use a vibrant side chair for an extra pop, or as Naím-Burt notes, "abstracts with large, solid-colored areas are beautiful backdrops for vignettes" for brighter hues and ornate shapes.
Compensate for Hallway Furnaces
We can probably all agree that household necessities tend to be eyesores. While we can hide large cleaning appliances in storage and tuck away pesky cords when guests are over, we can't temporarily move furnaces, air-conditioning units, and other built-in features. If you've found a way to do so, by all means, please share them with us! If not, dressing up the surrounding area with handsome furniture, pretty wallpaper, plants, and—you guessed it—a piece of modern abstract wall art will be the only thing you notice.
Upgrade a Bar Cart Space
As you probably already know, we love bar carts for their ample styling benefits. But we didn't know their style solutions extended beyond their surfaces. Put the finishing touches on your living room by hanging a colorful piece of art behind your drink station. This will create a vibe that's both homey and well thought-out. If you don't have a piece of abstract art lying around but want to bring and color and do have a kid somewhere in the house, Naím-Burt will let you in on a little secret: "Kids' art styled the right way can feel like real abstract work; mixing abstract and figural pieces adds interest." Or bring out the paints and spend an afternoon creating your own.
Express yourself in the bedroom
Vera Wang describes her bedroom as a sanctuary space that sparks her creativity. She tells Fortune, "It's like a refuge, and it's where I do a fair amount of designing—at least conceptually, if not literally." Wang is onto something. If you marry chic design, cuddle-inducing coziness, and creativity, what do you get? A match made in heaven to call home. Aside from the artwork itself, mixing and matching frames of various style traditions will give your room a lot of personality and character. Treat the framing and hanging process as an art project! And the best part about abstract art is that you don't have to break the bank. As Naím-Burt reminds us, "You can create your own abstract art that looks high-end." Cha-ching.