The fun thing about hanging art in your home is that there are no real rules. Make your space entirely unique and individual by deciding what you’re going to hang, and where, with these great tips from Christine Flynn to get you started.
1. Display what you love. From family photos, vintage prints, original artwork, 3-D objects and your children’s drawings, don’t be afraid to mix mediums and display personal pieces, even if they don’t match.
2. Create space with a mirror. Consider using a huge mirror to act as a work of art. It will make the space feel incredibly bigger.
3. Repurpose furniture to work for you. Create an eclectic look by mixing different styles of pieces, like this formal gilt-framed mirror set on a rustic dresser with missing pulls.
4. Elevate utilitarian spaces with art. Functional spaces can, and should be, beautiful as well. Try adding photographs or paintings above a desk in your home. This photograph is mounted on a two- inch-thick wood panel that has been coated with heavy resin, distressed and finished with a piece of yellow tape.
5. Focus on a unifying theme. By choosing art that repeats a single theme — here, it’s the female form — a gallery effect is achieved. For an eclectic look like this one, try picking different frames, artists and dimensions of pieces.
6. Break the rules. In general, art should be hung at eye level but try hanging art lower on the wall like Christine has done here, to create a more cozy feel.
7. Draw the eye upward with art groupings. Hanging art higher on a wall accentuates the ceiling height. To add dimension to the space, try layering in a sculptural element.
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