Top tips for creating a heritage-look with your arts display

You might not live in a stately home but you can still create a stylish heritage look with your arts display. The pieces you choose and the way you present them are equally important to the overall effect.

Here are five tips for creating your own home heritage look:

1. Source large prints

You don’t have to break the bank and bid for originals in order to create a strong heritage look. Buy and frame large prints from galleries, taking care to choose pieces that will fit the overall look.

2. Consider themes and periods

If you’re going for a true heritage look you might want to decide in advance if you want to stick to a certain theme, style or time period. You don’t have to stick rigidly to any theme but jumping around all over the place can be a little jarring. Retaining a theme can bring a sense of cohesion to the display.

3. Think about frames

The art itself is obviously the most important aspect of any display but the frames you choose can also have a large impact on the viewer. If you’re aiming for a heritage look you should really stick with heritage frames. Think classic designs, colours and finishes rather than modern, minimalist and funky. If you replace existing frames, old ones can be upcycled in a number of ways. Try reusing as a dried flower frame or turning into a horizontal frame tray, or experiment with different painting techniques and colours.

4. Consider the setting

A heritage display could look out of place in a room or space that doesn’t really fit. Go for a classic look in your room, from stylish georgian doors and windows to mirrors, lighting and even furniture if your display is not arranged in its own dedicated space. Light is extremely important for viewing any artwork so try to choose a space with as much natural lighting as possible.

5. Create your own pieces

If you’re confident in your abilities, you might want to try creating your own pieces using heritage paint colours. Even if you’re not the most artistically talented there’s nothing to stop you from giving it a go. Try to complement existing pieces as far as colour and composition goes but don’t feel like you have to compete with the old masters.

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