How to Create a Salon-Style Wall

Anna Hoffman gave us the history and background of the salon-style in her Hung: Salon-Style Display, but today I'm going to give you some tips on how to execute this look in your own home...

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1. Gather and layout all the pieces you wish to display. Place them in front of the wall or space you wish to hang them on. You can keep them unified by choosing only one style medium, for example, only paintings or only black and white photography or you can create variation by using all different styles of work--even objects can be hung within the salon-style composition.

2. Measure the wall (or walls) where you will be displaying the pieces-- consider utilizing a corner instead of just one wall for added interest! Once you've measured the space where you will be hanging the work, you can map out the floor below with the dimensions and start arranging the pieces within that space. If you're mixing different forms of media on the wall, remember to consider color and scale when arranging your composition. You don't want all your colorful paintings on one side of the wall (or maybe you do!) and the graphite drawings on the other side. You can also trace out all the pieces on kraft paper and then cut them out and arrange them on the wall first before you start installing. This technique makes it even easier to envision the final arrangement and limits your chances of having to redo any holes you put in the wall.

3. Hang up your work! Grab your level and hammer or drill-- I suggest starting from the center of the wall and working your way out. But if it's easier for you, start from one side and work your way across. Have fun--and remember it doesn't have to be perfect, that's part of the beauty of the salon-style wall!

images: photo problem, black rooster decor