Picture Perfect Rooms1.  Hang artwork so the center point of the picture or grouping is at about eye level for the average person.

2.  Group pictures as one unit so smaller pieces will appear as one large unit. A good rule of thumb is to keep 4-6 inches between frames for an elegant and clean wall gallery. You can test an arrangement of pictures by laying everything out on a large table (or on the floor), playing with combinations until you hit upon one that works.

3.  Remember proportion by selecting smaller pictures for narrow walls and larger works for big wall spaces. One large painting makes a statement and keeps things simple. It can also call attention to the focal point of the room which is often the fireplace.

4.  Light your artwork well. You can illuminate
 artwork with track lighting or spot lights. 

5.  Hang an Art Shelf like these from Pottery Barn.  
Art shelves are a great way to add interest and take up very little space. Artwork can be hung on the wall over the shelf as well as set onto the shelf with other decorative objects.

6. Theme your artwork to compliment the mood or theme of your room’s decor. Is the room vibrant, pastel, or neutral? Is your furniture casual, formal, modern, or traditional? These are clues that will help zero in on the type of artwork that compliments the color and scale of a room.  Use color to create mood –  vibrant colors bring excitement to a room while neutral colors are more calming.

7.  Hanging Artwork with Horizontal or Vertical Lines to underscore a decorating mood.  The use of line is sometimes overlooked by home decorators, yet proper use of line can set the mood in a room. Horizontal lines tend to elongate, widen, and emphasize a casual decorating scheme. Vertical lines tend to be more formal, add to the illusion of height, and can seem more elegant and refined.  Hanging Artwork in diagonal lines adds drama to an arrangement.  
Avoid hanging matching pictures in a perfect line whenever you’d like to emphasize a casual atmosphere.  Symmetrical arrangements
 add balance and formality to an arrangement and are generally pleasing and calming to the observer. 

8.  Collect themes
 and group the pictures (framed alike) together for big impact.

9.  For visual interest, incorporate objects to hang on the wall that give the impression of art, yet may be better suited to your decorating style. 
Wreaths, empty picture frames, old windows, architectural pieces, and other objects can all impart unique style to your home.

10. You don’t have to match!   Contrast adds impact so vary frames shapes and sizes for visual interest but bring unity and focus to an arrangement by choosing frame and mat colors and styles that match the style of your home. 


The main thing to remember when incorporating art on your walls is to have some fun! Your artwork is a place for you to show your flare, personalize your space, and make your room memorable. 

Happy Hanging!

Katherine Speas, Speas Interior Design, is an award winning Colorado Springs Interior Designer and a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers.

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