Artwork Displays That Work With Your Room and Furnishings

No decorating theme would be complete without art work to accent the rooms walls. But, sometimes deciding how to display framed art can be quite daunting.

Many times you can find the perfect picture to compliment the rooms theme, but once you’ve got it hanging on the wall it doesn’t look right. The problem usually isn’t the picture, it’s more than likely the place or the area that you’ve hung the picture in thats not right.

There are different areas that are best suited for certain sizes of art. Knowing how to arrange them in the right way can make all the difference in whether you like the picture on your wall or just like it when it’s off the wall!

Any piece of large artwork is going to be the focal point of the room. Size the art to an area of the room, for example a large print should be hung over a large piece of furniture. The sofa, a dining room set or a fireplace are all great areas for larger artwork.

Grouping small pictures together is very pleasing to the eye. Your eyes will normally move around the set noticing each picture. When grouping smaller frames together the best look is achieved by having matching or at least similar frames.

Just having frames that are in the same color scheme as the room will improve the look of a group. You can also use matting to blend several pictures together to make them appear to be a matching set.

Small pieces of artwork hung alone on a large wall or empty space will appear to be just floating on the wall. And, a large wall can make a small picture appear to be even smaller than it is.

If you only have one small piece of artwork that you want to use, hang it low on the wall. You should also place it close to the rooms furnishings so that it won’t stick out and seem out of place in the room.

Before hammering all the nails into the walls and just hanging a group of pictures, figure out how you want to arrange them. Lay them all out on the floor or a table and move them around until you get the look that you want.

The decorators rule of distance when grouping artwork is three inches. This is used for both groupings of the same sized artwork and groupings of various sized artwork.

Leaving a three inch space at the tops and bottoms of all of the frames will separate them without leaving a large gap. It will help them to blend together instead of seeming to be just hanging there on your wall.

One of the main mistakes most people make when hanging artwork is to hang it to high on the wall. Artwork should always be hung so that the center of the picture is at eye level.

No matter how big or small the artwork is it should be hung with the center at the same height. The basic height used by most interior decorators is between 60″ and 66″ from the floor.

If you’ve ever been to an art gallery or visited a home that’s been professionally decorated, you may have noticed that you don’t have to look up to see the pictures. You’ll be amazed at how just lowering the artwork a little can make all the difference in how it looks on the wall.

Large pieces of artwork that are hung behind a sofa should be hung no more than ten inches above the back of the sofa. Hanging the picture too high over the sofa will leave a void that separates the frame from the furnishings. A lower picture will blend in and the eye will follow the sofa up to the picture.