It can be challenging to position a mixture of paintings, prints, and photographs to create a thing of beauty and to display our interests. A piece of art can set the mood for the whole room. Designers and art dealers stress the importance of choosing pieces that mean something to us. There are tips to help us achieve that perfect gallery look.
First consider the size of the piece needed. A large art piece should fill 2/3 to 3/4 percent of the wall space. The piece should be centered at eye level based on if you mostly stand or sit in the space. If the room has an 8 foot ceiling, the center of the picture should be approximately 5 foot from the floor. If you are hanging a piece over a piece of furniture, hang the art 6 to 12 inches above the furniture and it should be 60% to 90% the width of the furniture.
Photographs look best mounted in acrylic or plexiglass frames. Sometimes just reframing a piece of art or regrouping pieces that are already owned can make all the difference. Groupings should have 2 inches between each side. It is wise to plan out the layout of a grouping by using paper cut outs and arranging and pinning them on the wall to be decorated.
Some other tricks that designers use:
-If there is no window above a sink, take a photo of your favorite scene or purchase a scenic picture to hang over the sink.
-Purchase an attractive textile that blends with your room colors and mount it on a canvas.
-Choose accessories that pick up the colors in a featured work of art.
-Choose an art piece as the inspiration piece for a room's design.
-Don't forget art can be displayed in non-traditional places such as laundry rooms, porches, home offices, and entry ways.
-Make sure art that is hung in wet areas is mounted under glass.
Rain's Rustle II by Leonid Afremov
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Natalie A. Gauci
Licensed Interior Designer working in the Tampa Bay, Florida area.