If you have children who love to make artwork and crafts, if your home is overflowing with their artistic pursuits, and if you're wondering how you can safely and beautifully showcase their work, these tips from licensed interior designer and PSID graduate April Alcantara are perfect for you.
How to Display Children's Artworks
Displaying children's artworks usually come as an afterthought. However, it works best when the display is incorporated into the design of the walls so one can prepare a place for them in advance. Usually, children's artwork displays are rotated because they churn out a lot.
Some ideas for displays would be to use:
- A cork wall panel where you can attach artworks using decorative thumb tacks
- A smooth surface like back-painted glass where tape or sticky tacks can be used to attach artworks
- A metallic panel and use magnets to attach the artwork
- Picture-rails where you can place framed artworks on and lean them on the wall
- Simple frames and put them on shelves and lean them against the wall
- Stand-alone picture holders that can be bought in home decorating stores where you can clip small artworks on
- A stretched-out strand of string or decorative ribbon and hang the artworks on them like a clothesline.
Showcase your children's art as a collective to achieve some level of prominence in the room and to avoid looking like clutter. Whoever sees them will know that they were placed there on purpose. When putting them together, you can have fun while carefully laying them out. Move them around and see what arrangements look good. Make use of your phone camera and take snapshots of different arrangements. That can make it a bit easier to decide.
How to Frame Children's Artworks
Framing is indeed recommended because framing an artwork conveys that what is being framed has value. The type of frame should complement the artwork, specially its color, and should fit the room where it is going to be placed. A neutral frame (white, black, gray, brown) is more flexible so it would be preferable if you will be changing the display often. Use a wall color or a background that will contrast with the texture and color of the artworks to give the artworks more emphasis.
Since children tend to draw a lot and the artworks on display will be changing quite a bit, I would suggest a neutral frame in a material and texture that fits the room's overall design. This ensures that the emphasis is on the artwork, and this usually works out since kids love to use a lot of color. It is also possible to mix and match different kinds of frames but make sure that they have something in common so they don't look mismatched (e.g. same color, same material, or same decorative genre).
Where to Display Children's Artworks
Decide on your purpose for displaying their work. If you want to display them to inspire your kids and surround them with their creativity, their rooms or the family room would be a good place. If your purpose it to show off their talent to guests, then a more "public" area like the living room would be the ideal place.
You can hang the framed artworks on a wall or on cabinet doors. You can place them on a picture-rail or on a shelf (standing on a table or a low cabinet leaning against the wall). You can also use artwork holders from stores where you can clip small artworks. Some are for desktops, and some can be hung from the ceiling.
APRIL ALCANTARA is a registered interior designer and graduate of Philippine School of Interior Design. She has designed banks, corporate offices, houses and condominiums as a freelancer. She loves to travel and keep herself updated with design trends by attending international conferences and visiting museums in different countries.
Lea Jusi is a freelance writer and editor. She blogs on learninghippiemom.com about her adventures in homeschooling and parenting, her advocacies of animal welfare, mental health and environmentalism, and her love of writing and traveling. She has contributed feature articles to parenting publications in the Philippines and Singapore. She has written advertorials for commercial brands in the Philippines and in Myanmar. She has copy edited a marketing book being sold in Amazon.com.
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