How to Incorporate Art in Small Spaces

Incorporating art in small apartments can be challenging. In tiny living areas, you really have to think about how to use every inch of the space to your advantage. But just because you live in a small place that doesn’t mean that you can’t make it look nice and stylish. Regardless of your personal style and preferences, there are numerous tricks you can use to successfully add art to your apartment without making it look overcrowded.

Gallery View

Turn your small flat into a gallery by displaying a collection of drawings, photographs, paintings and prints one next to the other. Hanging an array of art pieces of different shapes and sizes together will help you showcase more art on a limited space, while simultaneously making your apartment appear organized and neat. You can use similar artworks to create a coherent presentation or you can bring the display together by choosing simple, identical frames.

Display Art Vertically

Another way to make the most of your small apartment is to hang artworks vertically. By placing several artworks one below the other, you will be able to use up the entire height of the wall. Just make sure to create this set-up somewhere where there will be nothing blocking the view (like in a hallway or the empty space around the windows).

Art in Unusual Places

When you live in a small apartment you need to use up every little bit of space you got. Instead of limiting yourself to the typical exhibiting spaces such as the hallway or the living room wall, try placing your art at unconventional places. For example, why not put a small sculpture on your coffee table or a miniature painting on your bookshelf, especially when it contrasts with the environment. Also, you can pick out a nice print and hang it in the bathroom. Professionally sealed photographs and prints are particularly resistant to humidity, so they make a perfect bathroom choice.

Embellish Ceilings and Floors

When decorating small living areas, many people forget to use ceilings and floors to display art. A ceiling, for example, can be a great place to paint a mural or project a digital artwork onto. This is particularly effective in the bedroom where you spend a lot of time looking up. Also, a thought-provoking mural on the living room ceiling can be an excellent conversation starter during house parties. Large sculptures can be placed in corners not to disrupt the movement in the room. Another way to display art on the floor is by leaning framed artworks against the wall, which will enable you to utilize that unoccupied bottom part of your wall.

Miniature Art Pieces

Small scale art is ideal for small spaces as you can always find room on your wall for a miniature or at the small shelf. These pieces will visually expand the room, as walls appear bigger when embellished with smaller art. Opting for several smaller pieces will allow you to show the range of your interest and gather everything from drawings to prints, small size photographs and paintings, all in one place.

Or Go Big

Just because you live in a small apartment doesn’t mean that you have to avoid large art pieces. Quite the opposite. One oversized artwork is often all you need to decorate your living space and leave a long lasting impression on your guests. Instead of going for subtle colours and subject matter, opt for a large statement piece that will show your guests how much you like taking risks.

Pair Pieces of Different Sizes Together

If you can’t make up your mind about whether you prefer a large or a small piece on your wall, you’ll be happy to know that you don’t really have to choose. Pairing up artworks of similar style that significantly vary in size will help you add balance and depth to your room. By placing small and big artworks together, the viewer’s gaze will go back and forward from one piece to the other gradually reviling the distinctiveness of each piece.

Get Some Sculpture Lamps…

Every small living space needs a lamp. In small flats, lamps are particularly useful as a source of light, as they can illuminate most of the room while saving energy consumption. Sculpture lamps are a two-in-one solution that will allow you to incorporate some art into your apartment without taking up any additional space. Choose a bold, eye-catching lamp that will double as an aesthetic piece and bring both light and beauty into your small apartment.

…and Other Household Items

But why stop at lamps alone? Nowadays there are plenty of designer objects out there that can double as useful household items. Why not embellish your space with an original coat hanger or a kitchen timer? You can even use this macabre knife sharpener to make the tedious task of sharping the knife a little bit more interesting. To you, these pieces will serve as important household items, but to the untrained eye, they will look like works of art carefully arranged to decorate the place.