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The Best Ways To Select, Frame And Arrange Your Favorite Artwork

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Depending on the person, a blank wall can appear as an inspiration or a challenge. The space is imposing. It mocks you each day it stands empty, devoid of decoration. Yet you fear overfilling the space, or putting up items that don’t match one another or look silly in combination. Make a mistake placing a picture and you could end up with an ugly hole in the wall. A wall filled with blank spaces and empty nail holes can make a whole room look shabby. But the good news is that with a little thought, you can turn that blank wall into a lovely display area that compliments the room.

Art completes your space. You’ll find that by decorating with art, your room will be meaningful. And you don’t have to be an art expert or purchase a Rembrandt to accomplish that. Professionals know the techniques shared by many to remove the mystery of hanging art.

Do you remember all the thought you gave to filling up that bare room? The same consideration should be given to a bare wall. As guests enter a room, it’s far more likely that they’ll comment on a notable painting on display before they’ll make any mention of an especially fancy chair they’ve used in the room.

Some collectors believe that you should always let the artwork set the mood or tone in a room. The average person, however, usually believes that it is the room itself that inspires the mood of the artwork that is ultimately selected. If you want to anger a serious art collector or artist, then by all means start shopping for a piece that exactly matches your rug or favorite chair. When it comes to decorating, this is a cardinal sin. However, if you truly have the urge to coordinate by color, there are better ways to make it happen. Consider the colors that are present in the artwork and make use of them with various accents in the room, such as flowers in a vase, throw pillows on the couch, or a basket filled with fruit; you will create a harmony in the room by repeating these colors based solely on the artwork. White matting is typically the best option for artwork; however, many framing experts advise laying a colored mat beneath in order to provide contrast and create unity with the room.

The frame can truly be the most effective way of establishing the artwork’s place in the room. The most popular type of frame currently is just a thin, simple, basic style. These are most effective when used with other furnishings and designs which are considered contemporary. If you have a more formal room, you may opt for a frame that is silver or gold, or made of thick, Baroque-styled wood. Do you have a huge wall that you need to fill? The majority of designers will recommend placing one sizable piece of art in the middle of the wall.

Large walls are usually found in a modern-style home, which would coordinate well with a large piece of inexpensive modern art. It’s quite common for a decorator to frame a poster with matting and then hang it in a wooden or thin, black frame. If you have treasured photographs or art prints that are really too small for the available space, designers recommend displaying it on a larger mat. Leaving a wider white border at the bottom will create a striking effect. The people who operate framing galleries can do this when the piece is framed. Mats can be cut to order at art stores. Lighting is important and professional designers still choose halogen lighting because of its brilliant, true lighting that compliments the artwork.

Here are some tips for the art newby. Always measure the dimensions of the wall for your artwork, and take those measurements with you. Visit local galleries often to look at the art they carry. It should offer everything from paintings to sculptures to photographs at costs ranging from under twenty dollars to upwards of three thousand dollars. Do you want to be sure it will fit in with your decor? Suggest to the gallery that you give a deposit and carry it home for a test. Other places to find art is at shows sponsored by community art schools or at outdoor art exhibits. Lithographs, a print made with a plate, or serigraphs, a silk-screen print, are the next-best alternative to an original. Lastly, and most inexpensively, visit thrift stores, garage sales, and flea markets, as it is possible to find unwanted art treasures and fine frames among the miscellany of items lying forgotten and neglected there.

Gloria Raylor, MFA. Born and raised in NYC, Journey overseas from Hong Kong, Taiwan were instigated by a series of sponsored opportunities to attend artist workshops and residencies in the United Kingdom and the United States. She also works for his family’s business, consulting and designing for the gallery.

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