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TIP #1: Hang artwork at EYE LEVEL.

Make sure when you are adhering to this tip that you consider the eye level of the average person, rather than yourself or someone else who may be taller or shorter than most. Also, although it is important to remember this guideline, the ceiling height must also be considered.  Some taller or vaulted ceilings may require larger pieces of art that do not always follow the “eye level “rule.

This interesting selection of artwork is hung at eye level and can therefore, be fully appreciated by those viewing it. (All Photos from Better Homes & Gardens)

These plates are hung dramatically high to give height to the furniture piece below.

TIP #2:  Mix shapes to create interest!

Artwork does not always fall into the traditional “painting” category. In fact, wall hangings can be almost anything you want them to be! Regardless of the items you choose to display, you should remember to strive for symmetry and balance, in terms of the overall “look” of the space.  In fact, even offset pictures should maintain a sense of balance.

The varied pieces of art in this arrangement add interest and variety to the wall. Notice, however, that the balance is still maintained, even with the presence of different shapes and sizes.

White frames and matting create unity and balance, and despite the different shapes and sizes of the artwork, symmetry is still achieved.

The stair-step pattern of the artwork, even with all different shapes and sizes of frames, creates balance all the way up the wall.

These offset pieces are still balanced and symmetrical.

TIP #3:  Start with a focal point and work outward.

If you have several items that you are planning to display on a wall, it is never wise to just “start hanging”.  Instead, before you begin hammering that first nail, decide what you want the center of attention to be and exactly where that center is. You should know all of the objects you want to include, and then begin hanging them according to a specific plan. Always keep revisiting the focal point along the way to make sure it has not gotten lost in the process.

This wall collection starts with the center plates and works its way out.

The center of this arrangement is defined, and the other various pieces work outward, while also maintaining balance all the way around.

TIP #4: When hanging a collection of pictures or objects on a wall, make sure there is an odd number.

Just as when you are creating a tablescape, or accessorizing furniture, it is the most aesthetically-pleasing to select an odd number of pieces for a collection of wall art.

These two closely grouped collections of plates are purposely arranged to create height. Although there are many pieces of artwork grouped together, there is still an odd number in each of the two arrangements, which is more pleasing to the eye.

TIP #5: Look for small places to insert artwork!

Do not neglect small spaces, but rather make them extra-special by adding perfectly-sized artwork. Examples of small spaces include underneath the top kitchen cabinets and on the outside of enclosed stairwells. Decorating these inconspicuous places can make your home unique and add interest to otherwise forgotten places.

These small wall spaces are given special attention by hanging perfectly-sized plates.

This space under the staircase becomes part of the overall focal point by hanging a small circular clock and mirror between the candlesticks.

The addition of this painting over the chair creates balance between the staircase and furniture arrangement below.

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