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Stone & Gray: Luxury wall art

Located in Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, Stone & Gray is a luxury wall art store founded by Nikki Sandeman in 2021.

The shop not only offers a wide selection of high-end art prints, framed art and stretched canvas wall art by local and international artists but also a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to hanging art.

According to Nikki, there are three simple rules to follow to elevate your space with art. She shares them here.

  1. Measure and Plan: Whip out that measuring tape. Know your wall, know your art. Balance is key.
  2. Eye-Level Magic: Aim for the centre of the art to be around 145-152 cm from the floor. Trust us, it’s a game-changer.
  3. Choose Your Tools Wisely: Don’t skimp on quality tools. They make all the difference.

In addition, Nikki also explains that there are three formats to try, depending on the amount of pieces you want to showcase.

Want to show off multiple pieces? A gallery wall is your canvas. Start with a theme or colour scheme. Your abstract art doesn’t have to clash with your blue hues; it’s all about cohesion,” she says.

“Use templates like newspaper cutouts to plan before drilling. Start from the centre and work your way out. And remember, balance is not about symmetry; it’s about harmony.

“Going for just one masterpiece? Make it count. The centre of your Van Gogh masterpiece should be about 145-152 cm from the floor. It draws the eye and adds to the room’s aesthetic.

“For a fresh, modern look, try layering and leaning your art. Start with a large base and lean smaller pieces against it. Don’t just stick to walls; a console table or a bookshelf can also be a playground for your art. Get creative with it—layer a piece against a mirror for a multidimensional effect. The idea is to create an interesting focal point that tells a story.”

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