QC’s Top Tips for Arranging Artwork
Arranging artwork can be a lot of fun, but it can also be one of the most frustrating and time-consuming components of decorating. It’s sometimes a bit tricky to arrange art pieces in a pleasing way, especially when working around existing furniture and architectural features in your home.
There’s no exact science to arranging artwork as each space is different, but today we’re going to talk about the top things to consider when deciding how to show off your favorite pieces of artwork in your home.
It’s important to mount the artwork at an appropriate height. A good rule of thumb is to hang pieces at 50-60 inches off the floor – around eye level for most people. Artwork that is hung too high will simply look awkward and make the occupants of the space feel small and like they are being towered over. Keep in mind that while photos might look great hung high in galleries, homes usually call for more down-to-earth design.
It’s important to be mindful of how you create visual height. If you are hanging artwork over a sofa or armchair, try and keep the work around 6-8” above the furniture. If you are hanging artwork over a sofa or entryway table you can experiment a bit – the height of table lamps and other accessories will play a big role in this type of arrangement.
Always relate artwork size to furniture and wall size. Trust us when we say you don’t want that oil portrait of your aunt Milly to dwarf the sofa and armchairs in your living room. Size also plays a part when grouping artworks together. If you have large piece, display it on its own as it will have more of an impact in the space. Smaller works look best when paired together or clustered artistically.
While you might be tempted to display every piece of artwork you’ve ever acquired, we suggest being selective and choosing only pieces that suit each room. Even if that means purchasing new art, it is so worth finding a piece that perfectly suits a space; art can be that perfect final touch that really brings a room together and makes it feel complete.
Protect Your Artwork
Something you might not automatically think about when purchasing artwork is how it is protected and how it will stand up to the conditions in your home. The major thing to consider is how much sunlight each piece will be exposed to. If you live in a sunny apartment, we suggest paying a little more to deck out your frames with UV Plexiglass. This prevents artwork from fading and yellowing over time.
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