Artwork in many spaces can make a wow factor. Whether the desire is to create a focal point, add color or even texture, artwork can be used to improve nearly any space. In many instances, the works’ size can play a key role in creating a successful installation.
Here are some top tips for finding ways to use artwork of different sizes and shapes.
▪ Hang your artwork so the center point is approximately 5 feet from the floor. Most people hang their artwork too high.
▪ Experiment with creating a diptych or triptych using identical pieces of art. This visual technique is a popular trick of interior designers looking to create art in a series.
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▪ Use oversized pieces of art in spaces with high ceilings.
▪ When possible, add mirrors opposite some of your statement art pieces to further help them stand out.
▪ Pay attention to color. Artwork is such a wonderful way to introduce color and texture.
▪ Use smaller pieces of art in spaces such as bathrooms and kitchens. These are often forgotten and overlooked spaces where cheery artwork can go a long way.
▪ Look for artwork in various shapes and sizes. Long, thin pieces of art can work well over beds, while rectangular- (40 by 50 inches is a popular size) and square-shaped pieces (40 by 40 inches is a popular size) of art can work well as stand-alone pieces or above large statement furniture pieces such as consoles and sofas.
▪ Pay heed to proportions. Artwork should be roughly two-thirds the size of the object below it.
▪ Consider hanging smaller pieces of art as sets or groupings. This tends to be more visually appealing, as opposed to randomly hung small artwork that can create visual clutter.