Questions to ask Yourself
Do you have a large or small space?
If you are working with a small room keep your choices simple because you do not want to clutter the walls. For example, for a girls room choosing two prints with a connecting piece is a fantastic choice. One large framed piece of art is also nice.
If you are working with a large room and have a large empty wall to fill, think about using a few other accents with your main pieces of art to add some fun and inerest. Some of these accent can be found at thrift stores or purchased at your local hobby store. According to Sf.com, Artwork hung in a horizontal line tends to elongate and widen the wall, creating a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Artwork hung in a vertical line (more on top of each other) provides the illusion of height. Symmetry also provides a sense of formality.
What paint colors should you use?
Paint colors can also make a huge difference in any space. When you are choosing paint colors for a small room choose eye expanding colors like butter creme, mint green, sofy blue, light grey or baby pink. Stay away from dark blue, dark brown, red, and muddy dark colors like grey because they can close in a room making it look smaller.
Paint colors that are best to use for a large room are any medium shade of blue (dark blue is just too dark and may give a sensation of drowning) meduim grey, shades of green, tosted almond and earth colors. Keep yellow as pale as possible. Bright yellow is known to produce a stressful reaction in children (that is why it is used in combination with black for yeild signs) Also, avoid red because it is a very powerful color that can make your heart rate increase. Just use it in small doses.
How is this arrangement going to look on my walls?
A good tip to remember is to lay our your final arrangement on a table or floor to get a general idea of how everything is going to look together. This is important to do so you are not hammering holes in the wall having it look like a piece of swiss cheese before you are finished. A client of mine will actually spray paint a sheet the approximate color of the walls, stretch it out on the floor and place the artwork and assessories on top to get a good idea of how it will all come together once it is placed on the walls.
Hanging art is a personal preference of course but here are some guidelines to follow from the experts: According to Sfgate.com her are some important rules to keep in mind:
Height is important: People typically tend to hang artwork too high. A good guide is the center of the image should be at eye level, or about 60 inches from the floor Artwork should also be in proportion to the furniture underneath, never longer than the furniture beneath it. A good size is about two thirds the size of the furniture. The size of the artwork should also not overpower the wall.
Just like my client with the sheet they suggest experimenting with different arrangements of wall groupings by laying the frames on a large sheet of butcher paper on the floor. This is always a good idea so you can arrange and re-arrange the pictures until you are happy with the placement. One more idea is to trace around each frame. Now you can hang the sheet of butcher paper on the wall to act as a template.
We are generally aware that decorators like to use what is known as the rule of three. They like using three objects together because the theory is that odd numbers are more dynamic or more appealing to the eye. An odd number of wall hangings can be grouped symmetrically, such as three evenly spaced frames hung in a horizontal row. They also suggest grouping items asymmetrically. For example, a large frame with two smaller frames on one side is very appealing.
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