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Professional Looking Art Displays

Updated on August 16, 2014

Clustering photos creates a striking visual focal point in any room.

Artwork adds character and flair to a room and helps determine the focal point. The art you choose to bring into your home is very personal; it says something about you, about your tastes, maybe even the mood or place you were in when you purchased it. The way you display your artwork, should receive the same kind of careful attention choosing it in the first place received.

THE RIGHT HEIGHT

The first rule of thumb when incorporating artwork into your home is to display it in such a way that it draws the eye toward the focal point of the space—the art. Paintings and pictures should be displayed at eye level, where they can be viewed comfortably. Hang your art where the middle point of the picture is 57-60” off the floor, the average eye-level. To display artwork in a dining room, position the pieces at the eye level of your diners. Hanging art above eye level forces the viewer to look up; causing a strain that becomes annoying at best and troublesome at worst.

LIGHTING

Install lighting directly below or above your artwork to showcase your pieces and to make them stand out. Using spotlights directed towards a piece highlight the work and create ambience. Use specially-designed wall art lighting fixtures to diffuse spot lighting and reduce glare. A single, frame-mounted light for a special piece or track-lighting for a grouping will reveal the full potential—the colours, nuances and key elements of any art. However, to have minimal impact on the colour pigments and to prevent damage to the canvas or paper it’s important to choose indirect lighting. Direct sunlight should be avoided for the same reason.

FRAMING

Framing is an art in and of itself and can greatly enhance the appearance of a piece. A frame does more than provide a way to display a piece of art. It becomes an extension of the art.

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to choosing a frame, but the last thing you want is for the frame to compete or overpower the piece.Taking into considering the style of your artwork can make your framing decision almost foolproof. For instance, a period painting or one with a classical subject matter works well with a traditional, elegant gold-leafed frame, or a dark coloured wooden frame. Lighter, more abstract paintings are best framed in less ornate frames. And a transitional frame—one that blends elements of the traditional and the contemporary—is perfect for a piece that falls in-between.

GROUPINGS

Small or medium-sized collections work well in clusters. Grouping different sizes and different frames together can create eye-catching vignettes. Consider patterns, design and complementary subject matter when arranging a grouping. Before you begin making countless holes in your walls, it’s a good idea to lay your arrangement out on a large piece of paper or a sheet to see where each piece works best. Once you are happy with your arrangement, trace the outline of each frame to create a template. Mark the hanging position of each picture’s hook on your template. Tape the template on the wall with the center point of your grouping 57-60” from the floor. With the template in place, hammer your nails through the paper using the marker points you’ve created.

Whether it’s a painting, photograph or sculpture, the artwork you incorporate into any space should reflect your interests, your personality and your happy memories. Keeping in mind these simple tricks and techniques, art owners needn’t feel out of their depth when it comes to displaying their artwork in a striking fashion.

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