Guest Blogger #760, Entry #1790, November 5, 2012
Are your home interiors lacking some decoration? So, here’s your dilemma: Every weekend, you say that you are going to finally get around to providing your walls with some “company” by finally hanging up your artwork. Yet, Saturdays and Sundays always seem to fly by and before you know it, weeks turn into months. Meanwhile, your walls are still bare.
There’s no time like the present, right? This weekend, why not use this as an opportunity to arrange some of the artwork throughout your home? If you’re looking for a few ideas that will help you to get it done in a timely fashion, we have five that just might work well for you:
Hang the image at eye-level.
If you have a large framed photograph or painting that you would like to serve as the centerpiece in your living room or bedroom, make sure not to put it too high up. Most interior decorators say that it is best to have the image in the frame at eye-level with the viewers. So, if you are putting one up in the living room, have someone sit on the couch and let you know when it’s eye-level for them. No one wants to strain to see a pretty picture.
Get some kraft paper.
If you have several pictures that you want to put on one wall, you definitely don’t want to stress you or the wall out by hanging and re-hanging pictures over and over again. You can avoid this by purchasing some kraft paper, tracing the outline of the picture (in the frame) and using some painter’s tape to arrange the outlines until you get the exact look that you want.
Keep fragile (and graphic) pieces out of public view.
Some art should be reserved for more private viewings. For instance, if you have a Guenter Knop shot, it would probably be best to put it in your bedroom or master bathroom. Also, if you have something like a beautiful glass vase or some antique China pieces, you don’t want that to be placed anywhere that a lot of kids or pets will be around. Not only could it put the art at risk for being broken, but it also prevents an accident from happening to an individual (or animal) as well.
Be careful in the kitchen.
Aside from the bathroom, the one place in the house that is definitely the most vulnerable when it comes to incurring water damage would have to be the kitchen. Therefore, you don’t want to put an oil painting or charcoal sketch in there. Whatever you do decide to put up, make sure to place in the dining area or where there is an open counter space.
Don’t be gaudy.
Just as makeup is designed to enhance a woman’s natural beauty, art is supposed to do the same thing for a room. This means that you don’t want to have so many pieces in one place that it ends up looking like an art showroom rather than your house. Pick and present pieces in a way that will flow throughout a room so that people will admire them without feeling overwhelmed in the process. After all, art was made to be enjoyed but not to confound.
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