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Get the inside scoop to jazzing up your walls with creative art arrangements.
Four prints hung in a line over a table could be a recipe for boring, yet the objects displayed below the artwork make the difference with color repetition and interesting shapes.
Picture shelves are a great way to organize framed and matted photographs. Though black-and-white photos are a terrific look in a contemporary room, art shelves can also host prints, framed postcards, and a variety of other objects. Lean and overlap frames to avoid blanks; fill in with edited accessories in fluid shapes.
Learn the "rule of threes" to apply to your home decorating projects. In general, odd numbers of objects are more interesting to the eye. You can arrange odd numbers of objects symmetrically for an ordered approach, or go for a more creative, casual look with an asymmetrical arrangement. Hanging in odd numbers is also a good technique to use when hanging diverse items such as plates, platters, and other collectibles.
Work with the shape of the hanging surface. On a narrow wall for example, hang one tall picture. Or arrange a number of smaller items, such as these vintage plates, in vertical lines.
Though you might be tempted to ignore the small patch of wall like the one above this chair, correctly sized artwork can be a great addition. The key is to hang art that is the correct size and scale for the available wall area.
Though this type of stairstep arrangement is more difficult to measure and hang, it has a huge impact on a stairwell area.
Unify assorted prints, photographs, and frames with matching white mats and painted frames. Begin experimenting with the arrangement on the floor and start in the center. You may also trace shapes on kraft paper and tape to the wall before nailing.