Fear not if your budget is more posters than Picasso. The truth is that virtually anything can look good when framed and hung properly. We've pulled some of the most inspiring examples from our archive of how to hang, display and decorate with art.

But before you dive in, we asked Julia Toffolo of Matassa Toffolo - manager and curator of some of the world's most prestigious art collections - for five pieces of advice worth considering, whether you are hanging an old master or something drawn by your five-year-old.

  1. 'Don't hang works of art too high on the wall (a common mistake). The ideal height of the centre of a picture (if there is no piece of furniture below it) is somewhere between 155 and 160cm off the ground.'
  2. 'Hang works with a view to proportion and balance. For example, if hanging a picture over a fireplace, don't leave too much space under it unless that space will be filled, visually, with e.g. a clock.'
  3. 'If hanging works in patterns, arrange the display on the floor first before hanging.'
  4. 'Hang pictures from two points - either side of the back of the frame - not from one point. Not only is this safer, but it will prevent works from shifting and moving out of alignment over time.'
  5. 'By all means use a spirit level to make sure pictures are level, but in the end trust your eye: dado rails, ceilings, etc. are not always level themselves.'
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    Sea Change

    Four seascapes by photographer Montserrat Soto give a sophisticated punch of colour to the wall of this kitchen. Displayed in a closely formed grid, the order that the work is hung in is significant here, with the opposition of diagonals giving a sense of motion that brings the rolling of the waves to life.

    When hanging pictures of landscapes of different sizes next to each other, take the horizon line in the image in to consideration, and try using this as a guide for hanging them rather than the edges of the frames.

    Taken from the December 2012 issue of House & Garden

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    Two rows of botanical prints and antique celadon vases on plinths help to break up the height of this lofty, light-filled space on the first floor of Alexandra Tolstoy's Chelsea house, decorated by designers from Sibyl Colefax and John Fowler.

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    A copy of John Rocque’s 1746 map of London hangs above the bath in this eighteenth-century cottage in Wiltshire, echoing the room's monochrome palette.

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    Grey Scale

    This graceful drawing room in the Cotswolds is blessed with light thanks to a large bay window overlooking the garden. Architect Robert Hardwick designed the panelling, which is painted in Farrow & Ball's 'Old White'. Antique textiles and paintings enhance the airy feel. The house in its present form is only 20 years old, the result of hard work and imagination on the part of the owners and Robert, who is an expert in Costwolds vernacular.

    Taken from the October 2012 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Liz Elliot.

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    Elegant gilt-framed portraits make a stylish contrast with the sleek white walls in this newly built Yorkshire house designed by Tom Brooksbank.

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    Hallway with art

    The owner of this 1830s London house wanted it to be restored to its original style, which interior designer Max Rollitt achieved by retaining its idiosyncrasies and, including the original dentilled cornicing in the hallway illuminated by an 'Original Globe' lantern from Jamb (available in two sizes; the smallest measures 57.2 x 40.5cm diameter and costs £2,640) and walls full of pictures.

    Taken from the October 2013 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Anthony Gardner and Emily Tobin.

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    A diverse mix of artworks covers one wall of the owner’s bedroom in this colourful Chelsea maisonette. Frames of different colours and sizes add to the eclectic appeal.

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    Large-scale photographs with white frames draw the eye, without detracting from the sleek feel of this modern living room in Audrey Carden's London house.

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    Artist in residence

    One wall of the artist Matthew Usmar's studio in Greece is smothered with a collage of his work.

    Taken from the August 2014 issue of House & Garden

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    Modern Marvel

    Tim Ellis has been a passionate patron of British art for over thirty years, compiling an enviable collection of twentieth and twenty-first century pieces, which he has integrated beautifully in to the interiors of his Georgian home in London. By selecting pieces with relational colours, symmetry and carefully selected textiles bring harmony to the scheme.

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    In the frame

    Moving from London to Cambridge, Tim Knox, director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, and landscape designer Todd Longstaffe-Gowan have found the perfect setting for their growing collection of artwork and curiosities. In Todd's study a painting by Tom Pow is surrounded by smaller pieces.

    Taken from the January 2015 issue of House & Garden

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    Framing pressed plants

    A collection of pressed plants of 'herbaria' is framed and displayed on the wall underneath the stairs in architect Jonathan Tuckey's Swiss chalet. Try your hand at framing dried herbs, blooms and fronds against brown card for a similar effect using a flower press from Crocus, which costs £29.99.

    Taken from the February 2015 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Bonnie Robinson.

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    Framing pressed plants

    A Brian Yates wallcovering provides the backdrop for a collection of prints in the hall of this London house by Penny Morrison. Hung asymmetrically and framed against a green backing rather than white, they enliven and give energy to the space.

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    Mixed prints

    A mix of framed and unframed prints by Makers & Brothers and The Shop Floor Project hang at random on this Edwardian orangery wall.

    WALLS Vinyl wallpaper, 'Eldorado Atelier d'Artiste', by Elitis, 100cm wide, £220.40 a 10-metre roll, from Abbott & Boyd. Limited-edition framed prints, from top: 'Birds Nest Fern', 'Heliconia' and 'Cinnamon Tree', by Samantha Allan, 84 x 59cm, £175 each including frame, from The Shop Floor Project. Japanese-ink lino prints, from top: 'Dillisk' and 'Carrageen Moss', by Superfolk, e78 each, from Makers & Brothers. Ceramic-framed mirror, 'Egret', 78 x 56 x 20cm, £3,120, from Victoria Stainow. FURNITURE Sand-blasted oak bench, 'Camden', 50 x 124 x 37cm, £2,520, from Jamb. ACCESSORIES Natural resin vase (by window), 'From Insects', by Marlene Huissoud, £1,650, from Mint. Fabric (under plant stand), 'Tuileries' (crème), by Verel de Belval, linen/polyester, £238 a metre, from Abbott & Boyd. Concrete shell-shape planter, £1,100, from Hilary Batstone.

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    The Living Room

    Our design agony aunt Rita Konig, dispatches regular, compulsive decorating advice to readers through the column, 'Rita Notes'. The daughter of design royalty Nina Campbell, she has been brought up on good taste, and is herself a decorator in high demand on both sides of the Atlantic. This detail from her living room displays Rita's a playful approach to hanging.

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    The Living Room

    Rita's walls are an eclectic mix of framed prints, photographs, drawings and paintings; they add to the overall relaxed feel of her living room.

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    Framed Pictures Create Symmetry

    Pictures hang neatly on the white panelled wall of Anne Massie's back porch. They add a lovely sense of symmetry to the eclectic room.

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    Line of Prints

    This modern green dining room is furnished with a round oak table and modern stools upholstered with leather and resilient horsehair. Above these hang a neat line of four 'Louis Parterre' prints from Natural Curiosities.

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    Framed Artwork in Dark Wood Panelled Hallway

    Pictures are hung around the door of the library in Anne Massie's Virginia home. They bring light and colour to the otherwise dark, wood panelled room.

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    Botanical Prints Hung Vertically on Kitchen Cupboards

    The kitchen cupboards in designer Martin Brudnizki's west London flat are decorated with framed botanical prints hung in vertical rows.

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    Grid Gallery Wall

    A grid formation is a neat way to display multiple works from the same series of pictures. In this hallway by House & Garden's Gabby Deeming, the walls have been painted with green Farrow & Ball emulsion. This is the ideal canvas for a display of drawings of flowers by Lucy Auge. The striped chair is a witty touch.

    WALL Paint, 'Arsenic', £39.50 for 2.5 litres estate emulsion, from Farrow & Ball. Ink on paperartworks, 500 Flowers, 29 x 21cm, £40 each, by Lucy Auge. Aluminium A4 pictureframes (black), £3 each, from Tiger.

    FURNITURE Cotton- and silk-covered chair with mid-mahogany-finished legs, 'The Cub Chair' (damascus stripe), 80 x 51 x 59cm, £3,570 as shown, from Soane.

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    Yellow painting on white wall

    Every room in all of the nine residences and public areas at the Playa Grande is different, and each is painted in what Celerie calls, 'faded bathing-suit colours', and layered with art, objects and vintage furnishings as this decoration detail proves.

    The simple painting about this chest of drawers proves that design needed be fussy in order to be fun.

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    Neutral Colour Palette

    The neutral palette of the dining room allows the artwork to take centre stage in a divine Provençal house designed by Andrzej Zarzycki. The black and white piece is by John Virtue.

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    Double-height Sitting Room

    An artwork by Caroline Achaintre highlights the double height of a sitting room in a divine Provençal house designed by Andrzej Zarzycki. This piece is just one in a collection of remarkable contemporary artwork that Zarzycki took into account when designing the house.

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    Artist in residence

    In the studio of artist Claire Langdown - wife of sculptor John Nash - one wall is covered in a selection of her work, which fuses watercolour and pastel. Many of these paintings are from a series entitled 'Turner's corner', where Claire has focused her attention on a usually overlooked corner of Turner's painting Pilate Washing His Hands. Simple box-frames in subtly varying tones give a clean, modern look.

    Taken from the February 2013 issue of House & Garden

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    Subtle Order

    A chic collection of monochromatic art in slim black, white and wood frames, hangs in the house of sculptor William Pye. When arranging pictures of different shapes, sizes and subject matter, clustering them together in an informal configuration is often best. Make sure the spaces between the frames are even and balanced. Put larger or landscape pictures at the top, and arrange so the horizontal and vertical planes between them are linear.

    Taken from the March 2011 issue of House & Garden

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    A Fine Assembly

    Hang what inspires within view. In the study of art dealer Patrick Perrin, over a desk that once belonged to the French painter Gustave Caillebotte, is a densely hung collection of drawings. It includes work by Fragonard, Le Brun and Boilly, along with a Millet ink drawing of a house, and a Cocteau sketch of a faun.

    Taken from the November 2013 issue of House & Garden.

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    Mix and Match

    Mix and match pictures with other elements - like fourth-generation Parisian art dealer Patrick Perrin (founder of the PAD art fair). The walls of his apartment (which has been in his family for the better part of a century) are filled with inherited treasures and his own collection of curiosities. Here he has mixed old frames with turtle shells.

    Taken from the November 2013 issue of House & Garden.

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    Golden Touch

    In the bathroom of Made.com founder Chloe Macintosh, prints of animals in gilded frames add warmth, while the 2-3-2 configuration adds visual interest. Fireplaces always act as a natural focal point, so if you are wondering where in the room to hang art, use this as a starting point.

    Taken from the February 2013 issue of House & Garden

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    Gridlock

    In the stairwell of architectural historian and writer Will Palin's home, theatre posters in simple, slim-edged frames are arranged in a grid-like formation that adheres to the architecture of the space.

    Taken from the October 2012 issue of House & Garden

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    English Language

    Colefax and Fowler's Emma Burns combines pictures of all shapes and sizes over the fireplace of Alexandra Tolstoy's cottage for a charming, higgledy-piggledy look that works wonderfully with the cosy feel of the room.

    Taken from the February 2014 issue of House & Garden

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    White Out

    The owner of this apartment spotted this set of Gary Hume prints at a Louis Vuitton fashion show and immediately bought the lot. Interior designer Paolo Moschino opted for white frames to sit within white panelling to show these colourful works to their fullest advantage.

    Taken from the December 2012 issue of House & Garden

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    In the Grid

    A nine picture grid formation adds interest to this wall at the Song Saa hotel in Cambodia.

    Taken from the 2013 Hotels by Design supplement

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    Making a Scene

    Copy designer and architect Guy Goodfellow and start with a piece of furniture as your guide; accenting its place in the house by surrounding it with art to create a tableau.

    Taken from the July 2013 issue of House & Garden

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    Map the way

    Maps look fantastic in frames. This huge example in designer Guy Goodfellow's house has been neatly cut into sections spanning floor to ceiling, taking on a similar look to a mural or finely patterned wallpaper. Symmetry is key to getting this look right. Make sure the gaps between your pictures are scrupulously even.

    Taken from the July 2013 issue of House & Garden

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    Lean on me

    If you lack wall space, or simply don't want to put holes in your wall, stacking pictures can be as effective a decorative technique as hanging; as demonstrated by these canvases on the kitchen worktop of artist Craig Hanna's Paris apartment.

    Taken from the February 2013 issue of House & Garden

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    Lean on me

    Densely hung and stacked paintings and prints - along with furniture on a large scale - gives a sense of timeless character in Keith McNally's Notting Hill home. To increase the flow of space in the Balthazar restaurant owner's home, the large ground-floor living room was created out of several smaller rooms.

    Taken from the February 2013 issue of House & Garden

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    Modern classic

    Modern art sits well with antique furniture, as demostrated in the hallway of this south London penthouse, where 'Rock Holes' by artist Keturah Nangala hangs above an eighteenth-century bombé chest of drawers. The vibrant colour of the owners contemporary collection of Aboriginal art, sings out against a bright white backdrop.

    Taken from the September 2009 issue of House & Garden

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    Step up

    A collection of Forties and Fifties portraiture, deliberately left unframed, clusters the staircase of this cottage; with some works propped on the stairs themselves.

    Taken from the September 2009 issue of House & Garden

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    Stack it up

    On this upstairs landing, pictures stacked on a bench lead the eye to a cluster of canvasses on the wall beyond.

    Taken from the September 2009 issue of House & Garden

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    The Graduate

    The narrow sliver of wall next to a door can be the perfect place to display art. This configuration of ornate gilded frames in graduated size, is a simple, timless formation.

    Taken from the September 2009 issue of House & Garden

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    Natural curiosities

    Pretty botanical pictures, hung in symmetrical rows, gently bring out the green accents in the upholstery. If you like the look of these, check out the 'Hubbard Flower Grid' by Natural Curiosities. A mix and match collection of 120 different flower illustrations by Cyril E.B. Hubbard.

    Taken from the December 2013 issue of House & Garden

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    Small Print

    A collection of small vintage prints add a punch of colour the kitchen walls of this house.

    Taken from the June 2011 issue of House & Garden

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    Classical Arrangement

    Designer Christopher Leach has covered this landing dado-to-ceiling with eighteenth-century prints. To assemble the collection he sought out the services of antiquarian print specialists Isaac and Ede, whom he now swears by. 'It was like putting together a library; David Isaac plotted out exactly what would fit. It's a complete mix of things, from some good Hogarths to others worth little more than £5.'

    Taken from the March 2012 issue of House & Garden

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    Sweet Dreams

    Emma Burns of Colefax and Fowler has created a pretty tableau with oval frames and ornaments over this chest of drawers.

    Taken from the April 2014 issue of House & Garden

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    Lofty Ambitions

    This collection of prints of London was commissioned by the owners and hang in a striking formation above the stairs, accentuating the architecture of the house.

    Taken from the February 2014 issue of House & Garden

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    Beauty Unbound

    Originally bound in a portfolio, decorator Mark Gillette has massed these drawings by Dame Laura Knight in to a perfectly symmetrical array.

    Taken from the May 2013 issue of House & Garden

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    Hang time

    Oka founder Annabel Astor's drawing room walls are painted in Farrow & Ball's 'Light Blue', on top of which hangs a large collection of pictures and family portraits, arranged both inside and on top of the room's panelling in verticle rows.

    Taken from the January 2010 issue of House & Garden

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    Gilty Pleasure

    'Almost anything can look good when it is framed well,' says designer Nicky Haslam. 'I frame anything that appeals - postcards, let­ters, maps; everything but photographs. If I buy a small original of a picture, I'll frame a reproduction as well to make a pair if necessary. Behind the bust of Marie Antoinette in my sitting room (pictured) is a group of sepia engravings of Old Master drawings. The whole lot cost about a fiver; but I framed them up "grand" in rubbed gilt.'

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    In the swing

    If it's a case of too many pictures, not enough wall, take a leaf from the book of architect Craig Hamilton, who has transformed his garage into a space in which to display his architectural drawings and models. The framed pictures are hung on Soane-style space-saving double panels.

    Taken from the May 2011 issue of House & Garden

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    Earn your stripes

    This Chelsea study was redesigned by Paolo Moschino using a bold striped paper from Ralph Lauren Home - a surprisingly perfect backdrop for the cool greys of these eighteenth-century prints.

    Taken from the January 2014 issue of House & Garden

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    On the slant

    Stacked on a long nineteenth-century sideboard from Robert Shackleton (020-7377 5550), House & Garden decoration editor Gabby Deeming has used abstract prints by (from left) Simon Carter, Mary Fedden, Ben Nicholson, and Terry Frost, arranged in a graduating order that echoes the slant of the room's low roof.

    Taken from the April 2013 issue of House & Garden

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    Class Act

    In interior designer Hugh Leslie's hallway, two paintings by Alvaro Guevara grouped asymmetrically, are the perfect foil to his collection of classic mid-twentieth century furniture; including a carved Edwin Lutyens table and a Hans Wegner armchair. Although a room full of significant pieces, which could so easily look museum-like, the arrangement of the objects and art gives a feeling of relaxation and welcome.

    Taken from the August 2013 issue of House & Garden.

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    Cheap and chic

    You don't have to spend a fortune to make a big difference to your walls. Gallery gift shops like the Tate Modern, sell good quality prints and posters. A Rum Fellow have lovely limited edition graphic art, while it is easy to pick up a bargain at auction sites like The-Saleroom. However if you want to be even more thrifty, large patterned wallpaper, or something like this triptych of hand-marbled wrapping paper - which is £6.50 per-sheet from Ann Muir Marbling - can look great. Our decoration editor Gabby Deming has used black fibreboard 'Ribba' frames, which come in at a cool £16 each from Ikea.

    Taken from the May 2013 issue of House & Garden

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    Grey scale

    'I started with the idea that I wanted to have pictures above the bed that evoked memories for both of us,' says designer Bunny Turner of Turner Pocock her and her husband's bedroom. 'That sparked the choice of paint - "Hardwick White" by Farrow & Ball, which creates a great background on which to hang things.'

    Taken from the May 2013 issue of House & Garden.

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    Black-and-white photo wall

    In her flat - her home for the past 25 years - designer Jane Taylor has employed a number of clever space-saving devices, to turn a potentially awkward space into a smart, comfortable interior. Her home, which she shares with her husband Simon and their son Henry is a typical Edwardian mansion block in Chelsea. Although they are purpose-designed, they're often an awkward shape and far deeper than they are wide. Her entrance door opens into a long, high and potentially rather gloomy corridor that connects the front rooms to the back. Jane has enlivened it with pictures.

    Taken from the May 2013 issue of House & Garden.

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    The power of three

    Hotel designer Kit Kemp is famous for her flair with pattern. Here, at London hotel Ham Yard, she doesn't disappoint. The symmetry of the stylish blue-grey living room colour scheme and trio of prints keeps it all looking neat.

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    Densely hung paintings and prints - along with furniture on a large scale - gives a sense of timeless character in Keith McNally's Notting Hill home. To increase the flow of space in the Balthazar restaurant owner's space, the large ground-floor living room was created out of several smaller rooms.

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    In their Twickenham home, Lady Wakefield and her late husband Peter decided to move the drawing room up to the first floor. Here, they created a comfortable space with panelled walls and purposely unmatched furnishings that mix well with paintings and objects acquired over the past three decades. The sofa is strewn with a cosy collection of needlepoint cushions.

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    The artist owners of this London house called on interior designer Beata Heuman to create a family home full of fun, distinctive design and punchy colours. A highly original space, unapologetically theatrical and oozing energy. 'The owners are both artists. They have quite wild tastes and they love strong colours,' says Beata.

    The drawing room is a comfortable space for watching television in the evening. Warm pink walls in Dulux '90RR 52214' are the perfect backdrop for the Walton Ford prints. 'They appear to be naturalist illustrations, but if you look closely, they are trippy and quite naughty,' says Beata.