How to Combine Art and Photography with Interior Design  

One of the best things about owning a home is the freedom to design your space according to your taste and personality. Also, incorporating art pieces into your home increases your property’s value and improves your quality of life by inviting curiosity, fueling conversations, and exposing you to beauty every day.

Finding legitimate places to buy high-quality art pieces is no longer difficult, with marketplaces like Fine Art America becoming more accessible to art lovers. The challenge starts when choosing what kind of art piece will go well in a particular space in your home. Will a framed painting make a room look livelier? Or, would it be better to bring in a collection of modern steel installations to do the job?

These are just some considerations one has to work through to make sure your home’s design and décor look well-put-together. So, if you’ve been wondering how to make it work, here are some tips on how to combine art and photography with interior design:

Front And Center

One of the most common ways to display artwork is to make it the focal point in a room. Hanging a big painting to fill in a void or putting a sculpture right smack of a room is the usual style people use to display their art pieces.

If you find this style suited to your taste but are hesitant to drill holes on your walls to display a beloved painting, you may want to try this new trend that art galleries follow: suspending framed art.  Suspending framed art is a widespread technique that evokes playfulness and lightness, which goes against the usual feeling of stiffness and formality when relating to art.

Hang In Groups

Framed canvas prints, like paintings or photographs, are usually hung on walls on their own. If, however, you feel like this is a boring way to display your images, you can try to hang them in groups.

Hanging framed pieces in groups can be your way of narrating a story, as each element contributes to the thesis you’re trying to communicate. You can do this by putting together photographs or paintings created by the same artist from the same period or have a unifying theme.

Layer Through Leaning

Another way to combine art and photography with your interior’s design is to layer spaces through leaning. This form of incorporating art with interiors is for people who like to move their pieces and rearrange their furniture now and then or dislike drilling holes on their walls.

Applicable to framed pieces, this style is more casual, flexible, and playful. This approach calls for any flat surface near a wall. All you have to do is place your artwork on a mainly flat surface, a console table, a ledge, or even the space between a couch and your piano, and then make these frames lean against the wall.

Make Art A Part Of The Design   

If you can make an art piece the center of focus, you can also integrate it and make it a part of your home’s design. If you intend to do this, it’s better to already have your object d’ art with you when you plan your interior design.

Making your art part of your home’s design means creating spaces meant to frame or emphasize these works so they feel integrated with your interiors. Perhaps a bookcase can also prepare your favorite abstract painting, or installing unique lights to make a painting’s texture more noticeable are just a couple of ways you can do to integrate your art into your interior design.

Elevate It To Highlight It 

Elevating small three-dimensional art pieces to highlight them is also something you can do. Have a pedestal made especially for specific elements.

Pedestals can come in various shapes and materials. Just make sure you consider the art you put on and the design of the space, so it all feels right for you. Putting an artwork on a pedestal is a sure way to bring attention to it once you’re in the same space.

Mix And Match 

Adding art and positioning them in your homes, regardless if it’s two-dimensional or three-dimensional, will always be based on your style. You can mix and match art pieces to create more exciting compositions or play with specific spaces’ depth.

Mixing and matching art objects work best for big pieces. Small things mixed and usually matched look like clutter, and this will work against your vision of having art combine perfectly with the interior design of your home. Try putting together framed pieces with sculpture to play scale and balance. The objective is to let the pieces complement and not overpower each other.


Adding art to your home is critical to elevating your lifestyle and adding value to your home. In general, positioning your art objects and photographs should be guided by composition, balance, and scale rules. These tips are mere guidance on how you can effectively combine your art pieces with your interior design.

However, since beauty is subjective, it’ll be up to you and your designer, if you have one, to create a style that reflects your personality and character through the combination of your interior design and your art collection. So, don’t hold back and enjoy your masterpiece.