Quick Tips: Displaying Art
Written for Art, Antiques and Design (By Gail Green)
When DISPLAYING small sized ART works, it is best to gather them into a closely allied grouping. When positioned on the wall as a unit, they resemble a strong composition. Small works, such as prints, are most effectively hung 1/2 inch apart in all directions from each other.
In addition, when hanging art, it is important for the item to bear relevance to its surrounding architecture. So that, if one lines up the top of the painting with the top of the door, or the bottom of the work with the top of the light dimmer, for instance, a datum line will be established between them, creating continuity within the room.
Also, when possible, the frames should relate to the other materials in the room. So, if there is polished chrome or matte black in the room, this accent can be successfully carried over to the artwork. Artwork should be placed on walls that enhance their look as a unit, framing them with the surrounding wall space. This is true for larger works of art, as well, creating a proportional amount of wall around the work.
Displaying artwork can be very overwhelming. I love to decorate with black and white photography because the possibilities are endless. Play with composition by using uniformed matting and black frames. In one of the pics, a red mirror was used to add a pop of color to the wall. This works well on a black and white wall. Hanging frames of varying sizes and widths on just one wall adds focus in a room, but also causes the eye to move around the wall. Another technique is to hang an oversized print on an entire wall.
This creates movement in a monotone room. Don’t you just love those horses?
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