Displaying art artfully in your home
While much of your home's aesthetic appeal will come from the types of furnishings, fabrics, colors and decor accents you select, the combined effect can still leave your interior lacking something important – art! Whether you live in a traditional or contemporary space, artwork lends visual interest and sophistication to a room that you and your guests will be sure to enjoy.
However, many homeowners feel intimidated about how to incorporate such features into their overall design. Luckily, with the following interior design tips, you'll be well on your way toward displaying art artfully in your home.
When it comes to hanging wall art in a room, many people are unsure about the proper height requirements. Placing a picture either too high or too low can leave the room feeling awkwardly lopsided, essentially negating the attractive appeal of the art. While you may need to adjust based on your home's dimensions, ideally, artwork should hang with the center of the piece directly at eye level. However, you may want to drop the frame down an inch or two in the living room, where people will spend most of their time sitting down.
While a single piece of art can bring unique colors and designs to a room, arranging several smaller pieces together can create an even more dynamic appeal for your home. Experiment with different positions and pieces to find an original layout for your art. You can build a pyramid shape, a tower or a disjointed square of photos from a family vacation or selections from your favorite artist.
Art that speaks to you
One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make in choosing wall art is selecting pieces based on others' opinions. The art you choose for your home should reflect your own tastes and interests – not anyone else's. For example, you might want to opt for a vintage Paris map or beautiful Louvre museum engravings to reflect a memorable French vacation. By sticking to artwork that speaks to you specifically, you'll be far happier with the finished effect.
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