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Hanging Art Quick Tips
1. You've probably heard the bromide, "I may not know much about art, but I know what I like." When decorating with wall art, that's what matters most. Find a style you love - abstract or classic - and choose something that moves you.
2. Home decorators tend to think of framed wall art as large, discrete units. But aggregation can sometimes have a striking visual affect. Consider creating a tile-like grid of small, tightly clustered black frames with similarly themed - and sized - images.
3. A canvas print is often ideal as a single image on an otherwise barren wall. With canvas prints, the image may be "stretched" in a gallery wrap style, and hung without a frame, creating a dramatic contrast between wall and art.
4. One of the benefits of transferring art prints to canvas is that it creates the appearance of an original painting or artwork, with greater subtleties in color. Canvas prints are also highly durable - a worthwhile investment for art lovers.
5. Presentation is part of the picture, too. Instead of hanging your wall art, try adding decorative wall shelves, and leaning prints and/or photos against the wall. A tiered effect could be created by alternating leaning images and hanging ones.
6. The center of a wall space is the conventional spot for art, but some rooms make this a decorative challenge. If it suits your room décor and wall space, consider creating a frieze-like horizontal gallery along the top of a wall.
7. Inspiration doesn't only strike artists. Wall art shoppers sometimes can't help buying a picture that's beautiful, but the wrong size for a room. If your picture's too small for its space, surround it with other images or decorative wall décor items.
8. On the subject of wall décor: sometimes framed wall art is best served by contrast. Treat your open wall space like a collage instead of a canvas, mixing in wall mirrors, wood wall sculptures - even decorative glassware or stoneware.
9. Wall tapestries are among the oldest artworks known to man. With textile wall art, the fabric texture introduces a tactile element that can be very striking in the right setting. Common wall tapestry themes include classic and medieval art, landscapes, and Moroccan patterns.
10. In China, decorative wall scrolls have for centuries been a medium for displaying traditional painting. Wall scrolls are a less traditional choice for wall décor in North America - advantageous for the home decorator seeking an attention-grabbing artwork.