Tobi Fairley -Tips for Hanging Art

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We can all use a few good solid tips for hanging art from a pro, right! So here we go.

Tobi Fairley Home
I love the art grouping Tobi Fairley did in her own den. It has the same visual impact as a large piece. "In my den, I hung a collection of like pieces over my sofa with absolutely no space between the frames, they are literally touching each other."
"When hanging art over furniture, keep them close together. The art should relate to the furniture as if they are a cohesive unit or vignette."

tips for hanging art
"The bold use of color and pattern that I incorporate in my designs is the hallmark of my signature style." says Tobi Fairley in an interview with Traditional Home which selected her as one of the Top 20 Young Designers in America.

Tobi Fairley Bathroom
In this bathroom she surprised me with the gap between the tight composition and the last row of two pictures. "I used a collection of art to simulate wallpaper…but the good news is you can take it with you if you go!"
"When hanging a series, think of the grouping as one large piece."

Tobi Fairley Hanging Art
"And on the bedroom wall, I framed this collection with plaster paneling to create a focal point."
"When deciding on whether to select and hang a vertical piece or grouping or a horizontal piece or grouping, think of it like stripes in wallcoverings or textiles. A vertical stripe is more formal, traditional and raises your eye level making a space feel taller. A horizontal stripe feels more casual, contemporary and expands the width of the space."

Barry Dixon Design
And even Tobi Fairley says that there are no rules when it comes to hanging art. "As is evident in a very interesting corner display from designer Barry Dixon, there really are no rules."

Tobi Fairley at home
Tobi Fairley (right) comes from a formal design education and studied the history of design and architecture in depth. Two of the modern day designers that she admires are Jamie Drake and her friend Amanda Nisbet who both share her love of color.

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Turquoise Diaries said...

I always have problems/doubts about hanging paintings but there are some fine tips here. Thanks for sharing

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

My problem is more with my ability to buy 10-12-14 pieces ata atime. Sigh.

Beach Vintage said...

I love this idea of placing the frames so close together. I would not have thought of that.

beth said...

Great tips!! I love how she hangs all those prints close together to make it look more like one large piece. I'll have to remember that next time I'm hanging art on a large wall space.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Those seashell prints are fabulous! Love the colors in them. I like the idea of hanging pictures like that, but with teenagers running through the house they always wind up askew.

Tina said...

Love this too!

Juju from Tales of Whimsy said...

I like the plaster paneling!

The DIY Show Off said...

What beautiful inspiration and helpful tips! Thank you so much!


Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

I love these types of groupings. When my sister and I decided to live together about nine years ago, combing our households proved to be a challenge. We have very different tastes and I have a lot of "stuff" I didn't want to part with.

My bedroom was very crowded for this reason, so I got rid of my headboard and turned my double bed sideways against the wall to allow for more floorspace. I then filled the wall above it with some of my favorite pictures rather than having to store them. I make my bed up like you would a daybed. I fell in love with the look and haven't changed it since.

So, what was a necessity, turned into my own design statement. I guess it worked, because my 18-year-old granddaughter did her bedroom the same way this year.

Drawn to The Sea said...

Love the bathroom wall... the last row does make the difference, makes it hard to look away.

Peaceful day,

DesignTies said...

I love big, bold art and large groupings like in these pictures. I agree, the bottom two pictures in the bathroom are really unexpected!! I especially like the corner art display -- it's so unique.

Thanks for checking out my 9/11 post. I suspect there's a lot of dark tourism in Nova Scotia. Besides the Swissair crash and the sinking of the Titanic, there was also the big explosion in Halifax in the early 1900s. And so many ships and seamen who have been lost at sea...

But there are also lots of cheerful and beautiful places to visit in Nova Scotia :-) I'll be posting more pictures on our blog soon :-) And I highly recommend you take a trip to Nova Scotia -- I'm sure you'd love it!!


Brenda said...

That top idea is wonderful! Just think: wouldn't have to measure to get them even. Great idea!

Anonymous said...

the seashell art looks great in that room. Beautiful interior decor. Reminds me alot of some great beach art I found in Halewia, Hawaii at global creations. The grouping of classic and beach themes make for an excellent ambiance.

Renee Finberg said...

great rooms.

i am seriously considering a black sofa. and it was great to see one in the middle of a room.

great post as usual.
xxx merry xmas

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