Tired of staring at the same walls? Here are some Tips For Arranging Art for a new look. It’s basically free re-decorating with what you own. It’s a good idea to have a little spackle and paint to touch up walls, if necessary.
Arranging Art For a New Look
I wanted to consolidate all my oil and watercolor paintings in one spot for greater impact…and basically I just wanted a change. Know what I mean? It created a room-to-room domino effect.
Tip One: Complete one art styling project to your satisfaction before moving on to another room. Otherwise, you will just feel like you are “all over the place.”
Gallery Wall In Dining Room
There is a difficult wall in the dining room as it has a partial bump out. I decided that rather than treating it as two separate walls, I would ignore it and center things on the table and light fixture
Tip Two: Hang art so that its midpoint is between 57 and 60 inches from the floor. In a dining room, since people are sitting, go for the lower end of the range. In rooms with ceilings higher than eight feet, artwork can be hung a little higher than 60 inches off the floor.
Tip Three: If you’re hanging your art above furniture, it can be 4-6 inches above the piece.
Antique/Vintage Prints on Mantel and Bookshelves
All the vintage prints that were on the dining room wall got moved to the living room. Since our apartment is 100 years old and has French architecture, this feels appropriate. I added French crockery, carved coconut shells (with battery operated candles in them), and vintage leather-bound books by Shakespeare.
Tip Four: Consider leaning art on mantels and shelves.
Here is a 200-year-old print of Venice, Italy. They say the canals are cleaner than ever there right now with all the tragic loss. I found the alphabet page and frame at a local flea market.
Large Scale Art In A Small Room
This vintage French travel poster was in my office. You can find some colorful reproductions here. The poster/ad landed here since I put the painting that was here in the dining room.
Tip Five: Large scale art in a small room often works better than lots of small pieces.
And those are five tips for arranging art!
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