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Pick the best art for your home

Add color, texture to a room or use art to create focal point

By CATHY HOBBS Tribune News Service Published: May 12, 2017 4:00 AM
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Artwork in many spaces can make a wow factor. Whether the desire is to create a focal point, add color or even texture, artwork can be used to improve nearly any space. In many instances, the artwork's size can play a key role in creating a successful installation. When looking for ways to use artwork of different sizes and shapes, here are some top Design Recipes tips.

1. Hang your artwork so the center point of the artwork is approximately 5 feet from the finished floor. Most people hang their artwork too high.

2. Experiment with creating a diptych or triptych using an identical piece of art. This visual technique is a popular trick of interior designers looking to create art in a series.

3. Use oversized pieces of art in spaces with high ceilings.

4. When possible, try to add mirrors opposite some of your statement art pieces to further help your artwork stand out.

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5. Pay attention to color. Artwork is such a wonderful way to introduce color and texture.

6. Use smaller pieces of art in spaces such as bathrooms and kitchens. These are often forgotten and overlooked spaces where cheery artwork can go a long way.

7. Look for artwork in various shapes and sizes. Long, thin pieces art can work well over beds, while rectangular- (40 by 50 inches is a popular size) and square-shaped pieces (40 by 40 inches is a popular size) of art can work well as standalone pieces or above large statement furniture pieces such as consoles and sofas.

8. Be sure not to select artwork that is too big or too small. Artwork should be roughly two-thirds the size of the object below it.

9. When purchasing artwork, ask that it be double wired so that you have the flexibility of hanging it horizontally or vertically as far as orientation.

10. Consider hanging smaller pieces of art as sets or groupings, as this tends to be more visually appealing, as opposed to randomly hung small artwork that can create visual clutter.


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