Hanging a group of art in matching frames is a simple way to convey a sense of unity and order to a room. But when the artworks themselves are thematically consistent, like the three dark and broody paintings in the corner of this otherwise cheerful living room from Domino, the effect is even more intriguing. See some more examples after the jump…
Artworks hung together in thematic groups have the feel of a collection. They become conversation pieces rather than backdrops, inviting you to linger over them. In designer Brian Wark's living room, featured on Design*Sponge, a group of vintage prints and portraits really personalizes the space and provides an exciting contrast with the graphic pillows.
Designer Steven Gambrel's portfolio includes quite a few examples of artwork grouped together by theme. Here he uses the concept in two very different entryways to equally stunning effect. The calming blues and whites in the beach house hallway are welcoming and serene, while the collection of oil portraits beckons you to follow them up the stairwell.
In these two similar vignettes from House Beautiful, prints of flora and fauna grouped together complete a kind of off-kilter Victorian aesthetic.
What do you think? Do you like this unified look, or is an eclectic grouping more your style?
In case you're inspired, here are some practical tips from AT for hanging groups of art:
(Re-edited from a post originally published 2.25.09 - JL)