5 tips of how to choose art for your home

Have you aspired to owning original art but don’t know how to?

While many people love the idea of purchasing original art the majority feel at a complete loss of how to get started. So browsing galleries and online galleries is a perfect starting point to start becoming familiar with what you like or do not like in art. Tapping into your own personal opinion and taste is important and highlights the purpose of art that some love it and some don’t and that’s ok.

  1. Start with one artwork for one space in your home (measure the space for approx dimensions).
  2. Decide on the purpose of the artwork. For example, recipe what mood, impression or feeling you wish to create?
  3. View art at galleries or online asking yourself. How do I feel about this? Does it match your purpose? Trust your instincts, the one that stands out is the one for you!
  4. Create a wish-list of the top 3 artworks you wish to consider buying and ‘sleep on it’ if possible to see how you feel refreshed the next day.
  5. Try before you buy. In most cases you can borrow an artwork from Saffron Gallery of Art's collection, so you can have it at home for a few days to make sure that it suits the space and ticks all the boxes.

Browse our website to view artworks or
contact us to discuss what you are looking for...

Tips on hanging artwork

If you're looking for picture hanging tips, viagra sale you've come to the right place. Over the years after creating many variations and types of contemporary wall art, I've seen a few "dos" and "don'ts" and thought I'd offer some insightful picture hanging tips to make sure you space is as stunning with your art as it should be.

Relate art to wall size

Choose smaller pictures for narrow walls and larger works for big wall spaces. Here a hall wall is accented by hanging a set of six prints in a tall vertical arrangement. One or two larger vertical pictures would have been another possibility for this space.

Relate art to furniture size

In general, when hanging art over a piece of furniture it should not be longer than the width of the furniture.

Hang artwork to eye level

A general guideline is to hang the center point of the picture or grouping of picture at eye level. Some artworks are primarily viewed while standing, such as in a kitchen or hallway. Other artwork is viewed while sitting, such as in a family room. Hang artworks according to "sitting" or "standing" eye level. The artwork shown below relates to the size of the artwork in context to a group of people, and how you can take a guess at the general eye level. In art galleries, works are generally hung with a common center of 56 inches / 1422 mm from the floor. However larger works are often hung low of this center line and a whole series of works (exhibition) are hung with a common bottom line or top line rather than a common center, whichever appears to make sense visually. In your home you may like to also adjust the hanging height to accommodate ceiling heights, the position around furniture, doors and windows etc.


scale artwork

Hang an art shelf

Popular art shelves are a great way to add interest and take up very little space. Artwork can be hung on the wall over the shelf as well as set onto the shelf with other sculptures or objects.

Landscapes open up

Add the look of a "window" to a small or windowless area by hanging landscape art.

Think outside the box

Get creative when framing. Use objects, sculptures, or flower arrangements with long vertical frames to give each piece added importance.

Hang securely

Hang pictures to securely attached picture hooks rated for the weight of the artwork or object. If in doubt about picture hardware or its installation, ask advice at the hardware store.

Make sure your art is not too high over furniture

If there's too big of a gap between your art and your couch, for example, the eye will be drawn to the gap rather than the art, so make sure not to hang your art to high over your furniture. This is one of the most common mistakes I see without a doubt.

Avoid sunlight

Even with UV protective glass, artwork can fade over time when exposed to large amounts of light. New Zealand is well known for it's strong UV rays. Avoid direct sunlight in all possible cases.

Avoid heat

Heat can also put your artwork at risk of damage. Avoid hanging artwork directly over sources of heat such as a vent, or fireplace. Over time, pictures can begin to buckle or ripple inside of the frame when exposed to extreme temperature changes.

Use a template

Consider make a newspaper template of your framed art. Tape it to the wall where you think it will look best, and take a step back. It is a lot easier to reposition newspaper than it is to rehang a pricture. This is especially useful when deciding on how to arrange a grouping of pictures.

Use the right hanging components

Saffron Gallery of Art can advise on suitable hooks, fittings and hanging systems, to make sure your work is secure on the wall. Saffron Gallery of Art can also advise on how to avoid; crooked artwork, artwork that tilts forward, hanging heavy artwork, finding studs, hanging several artworks straight and in a row and most importantly making sure that your artwork is safe and secure on the wall.