What better way to add personality and style to your home but with art? The perfect chair, paint, and window treatments are in place…and art provides the finishing touch that ties the room together. That’s why art is such an important part of design but knowing this isn’t enough. Just as the other design elements require proper placement in the room; art, too, has to be handled correctly. This isn’t as difficult as you might think as long as common mistakes are avoided.
Art is, and probably will forever be, an integral part of decorating and making a home. What’s not vital? Making the same art displaying mistakes that many of us have probably made at least once in our home-decorating histories.
There are a few. Let’s cover the most obvious.
These tips might seem like common sense and for the most part they are. But some of the simplest or overlooked details can throw off an entire room. Displaying art properly is as much an art form as creating it.
Although art may be one of the final details to your finished room, these tips will make a huge difference. In fact, they can make or break the entire design.
1. Be sure the art hangs straight on a surface that can hold the weight of the art. Use the proper hardware.
Speaking of crooked artwork, are you only hanging art with one nail, so it’s always tilting out of place every time someone’s slammed a door? You don’t have to bolt every frame into your walls like a themed restaurant, but don’t let the excitement of hanging something up get in the way of thoroughly thinking out what kind of hanging tools and hardware your art pieces need to go up securely (and stay that way).
2. The art should fit the room. Make sure the art you choose makes sense in it’s environment. Otherwise you can expect even the smallest work to stand out like a sore thumb.
Go ahead — place that floor lamp right in front of a hanging painting. Allow a few leaves of a plant to sneak in front of a framed photo. Connect your art to the rest of the space — and create a more sophisticated room in the process —by layering your decor.
3. Consider the size of the art. Color is an important element and size is just as important. Too small is just as jarring as a piece that is too large.
Want to cast an unpleasant feel on an entire room? Just hang a too-small piece of art in a place that obviously calls for something larger. Going too small or too dinky is definitely the more common mistake, and can be remedied by reframing a beloved piece of art with a larger mat or thicker frame. But you don’t always have to strike the most obviously perfect proportion when hanging art, just remember the “go big or go home” attitude: If you’re going to do something out of scale to the rest of the room, make it obviously out of scale with the room, either way too big or way too small, so it seems intentional.
These are just a few. You can find more tips from the original article.