For many, the most fun part of building a rice art collection is when they are selecting the paintings. This can be a voyage of creative discovery. You might spend hours browsing our online rice art gallery, trying to find the special piece that you’re looking for. Or perhaps you ordered a customised rice painting. Either way, you end up with an artwork just for you.
But what should you do once you receive your rice art? Here we provide some tips on how to best display your rice painting for maximum impact.
Benefits of paintings for brain and health
Displaying paintings can bring many benefits to your mind and health. Paintings help inspire creativity, calm the soul, and exercise the mind.
But first of all, consider why you want to hang the rice art on your wall. What impact do you want to make?
This, of course, will depend on the painting itself.
A thought-provoking piece of abstract art might become a conversation starter. Religious art, on the other hand, might be for more private contemplation. Animal paintings or surrealism paintings might be chosen to make a more dramatic statement.
So think about what statement you want to make. And then consider where you want to make that statement. You can find out more about why people choose rice art for home decorations in an earlier blog.
What preparations do I need to make?
No matter how creative any project is, you cannot neglect the practicalities. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the enthusiastic flow of collecting and displaying handmade art. And it should indeed be a fun process.
However, there are some practical matter that you need to attend to first. For example, check that your painting is clean and fresh. If you’ve had it for a while before hanging it up, a layer of dust may have gathered on it. So give it a quick spruce up before you display it.
You also need to prepare the wall. Essentially, this involves just ensuring that the wall is clean, and in particular free from dust and cobwebs. You want to display your rice art in the best possible setting. You don’t need to repaint the wall, of course, but do ensure that it is clean and grime-free.
Also, tidy up the room where the art will be displayed. Again, you want the picture to be shown in the optimal setting. If the room is cluttered, this will distract from the painting. Also, consider what else is hanging on the wall. Too many pictures on the one wall can be distracting and disorientating. We’ll explore this in more detail later.
In some cases, the rice painting will be replacing an older painting, and you already have you nail or hook in place for hanging the picture. If this is the first painting, you will need some basic equipment, such as tape measure, a spirit level, a pencil, picture hooks, a hammer or drill, wall plugs, and picture wire or cord. Most interior decoration stores have complete picture-hanging kits.
What precautions do I need to take?
Before you hang the picture, be mindful of the basic precautions you need to take with any art and craft pieces.
Try to avoid direct sunlight, as this could cause the painting to fade over time. Also, position it away from direct sources of heat. For example, don’t hang a painting too close to a radiator.
If hanging your painting in the kitchen, ensure it won’t be damaged by steam from cooking. Also, ensure it is not in the likely path of any splatters from the cooker.
Where should I position my rice art?
In general, a painting should be positioned central on the wall. This creates the most pleasing sense of balance. That being said, do consider the overall setting. Sometimes an off-centre painting might perfectly balance another painting or ornament somewhere else on the wall. Use your best judgement.
Especially for larger paintings, you want your rice art to be a focal point of the room. Consider how you can best direct people’s attention to it.
If there are other paintings on the wall, consider how your new rice art will fit into this scene. A large picture might end up looking squashed on a busy wall. On the other hand, a small picture might need other paintings to ensure it doesn’t look lost in a vast space. However, remember that if there are too many paintings on the wall, it is likely to end up looking cluttered or untidy. Not the impression you want to make!
How high should you hang the painting? This depends on many factors. In general, don’t hang the painting too high in a room. People should not have to strain their necks in order to see it. At the same time, though, they shouldn’t be looking down on the picture either. If it’s a room where people are likely to be standing when they look at the picture, you should hang the painting higher. In rooms where people generally sit, such as the dining room, you might want to hang the painting lower.
So aim to have the centre of the painting at around human eye level. This is in general 57 inches above the ground.
View this painting "Returning Home"
Where does my rice art fit into the big picture?
No matter how beautiful your rice art is, it doesn’t exist in isolation. It shares room spaces with other things that you have gathered over the years. So think about how it can fit into this wider context.
First, consider the main colours in the painting. If it is a roasted art painting, the main colours are likely to be brown and yellow tones. Adding cushions of similar tones will help the painting to blend into the room.
You need to watch how much light comes into the room too. Remember, direct sunlight will fade the pictures over time. However, you should aim to display the pictures in rooms where there is plenty of natural light. Don’t hide your artworks in the dark.
Also, what other items are in the room? For example, if you have a piece of nature art depicting flowers, you could position some flowers near the painting. If you have abstract art that uses triangular shapes, you might place similarly shaped objects nearby. However, always be mindful of the need to avoid clutter!
View this painting: "Purple Petals in Breeze"
Finally, bear in mind the other paintings in the room. You might aim to have similarly themed pictures in the room, such as three vibrant pieces of city art. Alternatively, you might want to set off some quirky contrasts, such as hanging some animal art beside a customised art portrait!
It is important that your rice painting complements other items in the room. But don’t be afraid to embrace your maverick spirit. You might want to create some bold colour contrasts too. Whatever feels right for you.
My picture is hanging on the wall! Now what?
Hanging the painting is just the start of your relationship with it. Over time, you might want to add some complementary or contrasting rice art to the room. Your living room could become a mini art gallery!
Rice art isn’t a permanent fixture. As your collection builds, you can switch around the paintings. You might choose to store some in your attic, and every month change the pictures. This helps you to create a sense of constant evolution in your home.
Remember to regularly clean and dust the pictures and the surrounding area so that the always look their best. You can also protect the wall by putting sticky felt pads on the back corners of the pictures.
You could even mix things up further over time. Instead of hanging your paintings on the wall, you might install a picture shelf, and display your paintings there. Needless to say, this works best for smaller pictures.
By following these tips, you can ensure that your rice art collection will give you and your visitors plenty to talk about for many years!