We’re Into: Diptychs & Triptychs

Custom Soliloquy Art by Ballard Designs

Diptychs and triptychs come from the Greek meaning two- (dip) or three- (trip) fold (tych) and historically refer to any objects or works of art that are divided into panels and hinged together. Heavily used for religious iconography in churches and cathedrals from the Middle Ages on, diptychs and triptychs in today’s art world are simply a creative continuation of a piece of art on two or more canvases.

Tropical Blue Art by Ballard Designs

We love the look for today’s homes for a variety of reasons. Read on to find out some of our favorite ways to decorate with them.

Whale Diptych Art by Ballard Designs

Some diptychs and triptychs are merely parts of an image that create a complete story when hung side-by-side, like our Whale Diptych Art. While either print can hang on its own or even vertically, they really add impact when hung together horizontally.

Custom Soliloquy Art by Ballard Designs

Others may share a near-mirror image that tie the panels together but work equally well on their own. This gives you more flexibility depending on the size of your wall space. Our Custom Soliloquy Art is beautiful when hung side by side or even vertically. If you move or your space changes, you can hang them separately to create two different focal points.

Al Fresco Art by Ballard Designs

Here, our Al Fresco Art share similar hues and a motif that tie the panels together and give the look of one large piece of art, thus creating a quick and easy way to fill the space over a headboard, sofa or buffet. They also help unify the color scheme in this bedroom.

Cote de la Mer print by Ballard Designs

Diptychs and triptychs often share similar horizon lines, creating a seamless visual transition between the works of art that lends a sense of calm in a space. As demonstrated with our Cote de la Mer Prints, you can hang (or prop) a diptych or triptych close together, so they are almost touching or with space in-between to fit your wall space and personal preference.

Nordic Abstract art by Ballard Designs

Gallery walls of mixed media are great, but they don’t necessarily work well for every space. Our Nordic Abstract Art adds the same kind of visual interest and texture of a gallery wall without all the hassle.

The versatility of diptychs and triptychs is what keeps us coming back to them. It’s kind of like buying a pair of lamps — they’re gorgeous apart but better together!

Explore more ways to bring art into your space by watching our Art 101 series, and seeing all of the art-related blogposts on How to Decorate.

Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.