Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Arranging Art To Beautify

By Sue Krippner

Arranging art in a room can include many forms of artistic design, such as a painting, sculpture, a ceramic piece, or a photograph for a wall, mantel or table. Depending on the room, you could choose a combination of several art forms. Have fun experimenting with various placements of the art pieces throughout the room. Just be sure not to overdo it with too much art.

Think about the size of the artwork before arranging art on a wall. Too large for a certain room and it could also overwhelm everything else and take away from the focal point. Too small and it could get lost and serve no purpose in enhancing your room's decor.

Look at the size of the room and the projected location before you make your decision when arranging art. If you have a long wall to use, you might want to hang a group arrangement. For a short wall, think of a small but powerful piece.

When arranging art, lighting is a powerful consideration. Proper lighting will really highlight your work. Recessed spotlights are popular as is showcase lighting mounted directly above the painting, just like in a museum. Of course the windows can make a big difference when it comes to brightening the area near the piece. As watercolor, pastel and pencil may fade, make sure your painting is framed in UV protected acrylic or glass.

Color is a key factor when arranging art to accent a rooms design. One or two main colors in the art piece need to complement the color scheme in the room, otherwise it will look out of place. While its not necessary to have the exact colors in the room reflected in the artwork, it should have some shades of the main color in it. You could also look for an art piece that has contrasting colors that complement your space. As an alternative, you could bring out the accent colors of the room by matching the artwork to them.

Look at the style of your art work when arranging art in a room. Do not try and place an abstract piece in a room with a country theme. Look for art pieces that stay true to your rooms designed.

There are some basic guidelines to adhere to when arranging art in a room. Hang artwork on a wall high enough so that the center of the painting is at eye level. Ceramic pieces or sculptures may be placed on a pedestal, mantle or a table, whilst certain art pieces may be displayed directly on the floor .

The design of furniture, window coverings, and accents must be kept simple and basic when arranging art to be the focal point of your room. In this way other elements do not detract from the focus required.

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