Modular paintings in the interior: types and rules of

Modular paintings in the interior

Modular paintings - this is a single artistic plot, which is divided into separate parts. The idea of ​​using triptychs (three images) arose in the Renaissance. Modular paintings in those days were decorated with temples. As a rule, the central canvas was more than two lateral ones. It depicted the main storyline: a biblical story or a significant stage in the life of a saint. Side panels acted as add-ons and more resembled two shutters of the central "window". Perhaps the most famous triptych can be called "Garden of Earthly Delights" by Hieronymus Bosch, one of the most talented artists of the past, which is still very little known. Fashion sooner or later repeats itself. When it seemed that the images, consisting of separate parts were left in the past, they again became popular. Only now modular paintings have been used in the interior. Let's talk about what kinds of them are classified and how to choose the right decor for a particular room.

In modern interiors, you can safely use the reproductions of the famous canvases of Salvador Dali, Jacek Yerki, Frida Kahlo, Amadeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Vasily Kandidsky, Jackson Pollock, Edward Munch.

Deer  The mountains  Sprig with flowers  Peonies  Lake in the mountains

By number of segments

Depending on the number of modules, the pictures are classified into four types:

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DipsiThe image is divided into two parts.
TriptychsA single story combines three segments.
Tetraptychs or quadripithesIt consists of four parts.
PolypticsThis is how modular images are divided into a number of segments, the number of which exceeds four.

Polyptych in the interior

It should be noted that diptychs and polyptychs are not as popular as modular paintings consisting of three and four parts. Such an amount is considered optimal.

House among the mountains  Flower  Girl with a jug  Venice  Buds

By segment size

The dimensions of the segments can be the same and different. In the first case, as a rule, a diagonal or linear arrangement is used. In the second variant, complex geometric figures or asymmetric compositions are "collected" from the fragments. Same size modules are more suitable for strict styles: classic, modern, art deco. Asymmetric composition will become an original decor in modern directions: high tech, minimalism, futurism, loft. Do not recommend on walls in large rooms to hang modules that are smaller than 30x30 cm. Otherwise, parts of the image can easily "get lost" on a vast surface.

Modular painting with segments of different sizes in the interior

To obtain a rhombus, it is necessary that the central segment be the largest and the dimensions of the side modules gradually decrease. With a linear arrangement, you get a stylish, symmetrical decor.

Wildflowers  Roses  Orchid  Couple under an umbrella  Sprig of orchids

By location of segments on the wall

There are a number of "schemes" for the location of modules. If each subsequent segment of the picture is a continuation of the previous one, then they will have to be placed on a strict system. When the images on the modules are connected only by the general plot, in this case it is already possible to connect the fantasy. The following popular layouts are noted:

  • Linear. The simplest and easiest version to execute. Modules are placed along one conditional line in a row.
  • "The little lad." Each subsequent segment is a "step", which falls below the previous one.
  • Geometric or "puzzle". Fragments of the modular picture form any shape: from a simple square to more complex ovals or polygons.
  • Asymmetric. In this case, the designer himself decides what bizarre outlines he will add to the scenic composition on the wall.

Each of the methods is good in its own way, but in the classical version the image modules were placed linearly. Also, the segments can have a horizontal and vertical arrangement.

Linear modular picture in the interior

Pictures in the interior of different rooms and their location

Modular paintings in a particular room should be consistent with the stylistic decision and unobtrusively emphasize the functional purpose of the room. In the "through passage" corridors or hallways, it is not recommended to decorate the walls with a "complex" painting, which you need to delve deeply into to catch the plot. Also do not advise in these same rooms to use modular paintings with rough brush strokes on the canvas, since such images are studied from afar, which is unlikely to be done in a close room. For the bathroom, prefabricated compositions dedicated to the sea elements are perfect: underwater world, rain, crystal clear water with bubbles, sandy beach. Here, it will be nice to look at abstract stories, natural landscapes or thematic flowers: water lilies, lilies, hydrocles, lotus, aponogeton. For a bathroom it is necessary to get a modular picture with a special coating, which will protect the image from moisture.

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Modular picture in the interior of the room

In the living room

In the living room живописные композиции, как правило, размещают над диваном, где отдыхают гости, прямо напротив телевизора. Для зала стоит выбирать динамичные сюжеты, которые будут настраивать на активный отдых и подогревать интерес к беседам и развлечениям. Подойдут панорамы городов, космические пространства, живописные пейзажи. К примеру, можно использовать тетраптих, каждый сегмент которого символизирует одно время года. Что касается красок, то лучше выбирать яркие, пестрые тона масла или акварели. In the living room можно поэкспериментировать со сложными схемами расположения модулей: геометрической, асимметричной.

Modular picture in the living room Patterns  Wharf  Flowers on a branch  Huge tree  Horse

In the kitchen

For the kitchen traditionally choose quiet subjects with culinary motifs and the same light, neutral tones. It is recommended to select modular paintings made in warm colors, as they contribute to the awakening of appetite at the subconscious level. Ideally, the kitchen atmosphere will be filled with still lifes with vegetables, fruits, jugs, vases and baskets in the center of the composition. If the apartment owners prefer food "more harmful", then you can pick up images of fragrant fried or baked dishes. In modern interiors, canvases literally "sifted" with soda cans, colorful cakes, sweets, coffee beans, cups of tea, glasses of wine or dozens of kinds of pasta, cereals, spices. In the kitchen, as a rule, apply either a linear arrangement scheme, or "ladder". Modular paintings are placed over the dining area.

Modular picture in the kitchen Oranges  Glasses with alcohol  A cup of tea  Ice, flint and lime  A cup of coffee

In the bedroom

For a bedroom choose quiet subjects, made in soft, pastel colors. Ideal images of nature or flowers. Studies have shown that it is natural objects that promote relaxation and calm sleep. Modular paintings hang stairs, linearly or asymmetrically. There are no restrictions. The main thing is that to fall asleep, a person "is not confused" in the complex geometry of the arrangement of segments. Such a load will prevent the brain from relaxing, which in the bedroom can not be tolerated. Hanging pictures on the accent wall: near the head of the bed or opposite it.

Modular picture in the bedroom Gentle inflorescences  Megapolis  Coast  Horses  Indians

In the nursery

When choosing a modular picture for a child, one should start from the hobby of the child. For example, for a young chemist, you can hang this table Mendeleyev, divided into segments. For children who are fond of astronomy, images of the vast expanses of the universe that "plow space ships" will do. Geographers will be inspired by an ancient map of the world, embodied in a diptych. If girls are fond of needlework, then a small triptych can be made independently in the technique of embroidery with threads or beads. If a very tiny toddler lives in the nursery, the walls of his room are decorated with modular paintings with images of animals or fairy-tale characters, cartoon characters. Each segment can contain a scene from a magical story.

Modular picture in the nursery Space  Rainbow over the river  Island  Bear cubs  Lions

Tips for choosing

Before you go in search of your ideal modular picture, it is worthwhile to listen to a number of important tips from professional designers. Concerning the choice of a color solution, there are a number of simple rules:

  • Black and white paintings will be the perfect decor for those rooms, which already have enough color accents.
  • Monochrome images, that is, with a tinted gradation within the same color, are considered the best option for a bedroom.
  • Black and white paintings with one bright color, which stands out a small area of ​​the composition, are suitable for minimalism. In this case, the shade is selected in tone to the accent of finish.
  • If the furnishings of the room are made in pastel colors and have a slightly "unpleasant" appearance, then the modular picture will be the best way to add life to the boring interior composition.
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Living room with a modular picture

Что касается размеров сегментов, то в прихожих, кухнях и коридорах используют минимальные 30х40 см. In the bedroom и гостиной можно применить фрагменты побольше (около 80х45 см). Если архитектура помещения правильная, то подбирают модульные картины с квадратной формой сегментов. Когда нужно визуально «вытянуть» пространство вверх при низких потолках, подбирают прямоугольные модули, растянутые по вертикали. Если же необходимо, наоборот, сделать комнату зрительно шире, то с этой задачей помогут справиться горизонтальные прямоугольники.

Railroad station  Maki  Autumn forest  Bear in the taiga  Bridge

How to make a modular picture with your own hands

The technician of performance of modular pictures weight. Images on them can be painted, embroidered, gathered in pieces and pasted, blinded. However, for each of the above methods, you will need not only special skills, but also time. Not everyone has the opportunity to devote to creating a decor, for example, a month, or even more. Therefore, consider the simplest, and most importantly, the fastest option for manufacturing a modular picture. For work you will need:

  • Textiles with print, wallpaper or pre-printed images;
  • Glue or construction stapler;
  • Scissors;
  • Roulette and Melok;
  • Sheet of plywood.

First, the fragments of the base are selected. The easiest way is to make it from plywood. Then measure. From the wallpaper (fabric, photo) cut a piece, corresponding to the size of the plywood base, on which it will be attached. Do not forget to make reserves on the edges. Then the image is glued or "nailed" by staple staples from the "wrong" side of the plywood. The fabric should be carefully pulled to avoid wrinkling. With paper, such problems do not arise, here it is necessary to monitor only that the image lies without distortion. By the same technology, each segment is made. Frames for modular paintings do not use, so it remains only to fix the loops from behind on each fragment so that they can be hung on the wall.

Modular painting by own hands


Although the passions around the modular paintings have already faded slightly, in interiors they still retain their positions of "the main scenic decor". Whatever the plot, because of the special shape, these images have an unusual ability to expand the boundaries of any premises. This quality makes them invaluable "assistants" for designers in the design of tight spaces. In addition to influencing perceptions, modular paintings have an effect on the atmosphere of the room, creating its mood, like any other art object. Therefore, the plot should be chosen "to your liking", from those that find a response in a person who will admire them.