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5 Ways You’re Displaying Art Wrong

Maximize the beauty of your prized pieces with the right techniques

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Art is a staple in all homes, whether big or small. It has become an integral part of styling spaces and a lot of it don’t come cheap. That’s why you want to make sure that when you showcase it in your living room or dining area, it will leave everyone in awe—and believe or not, there's a right way to do it. Avoid the common art displaying mistakes most homeowners make with these helpful tips: 

1. You disregard scale.

Always consider the size of the artwork and where you’re going to display it. For example, don’t put up a tiny watercolor painting on a big white wall—instead, try small multiple prints to balance the look and fill up the white space.  

2. You hang art too high.

No one would be able to appreciate the beauty of a piece if you can’t see it upon entering a room. Keep the guests from having to look up and improve the overall look of your home by hanging or setting everything at eye-level.

3. You choose frames with designs that are too elaborate.

To make a piece truly shine, consider going for simple pieces that don’t pull attention away from the painting or photograph. Remember, less is more when trying to achieve a streamlined aesthetic. 

4. You match it with the rest of the room.

If your furniture, accessories, and artwork all come in the same color scheme, your framed pieces tend to suffer as they drown in the background. Art is your opportunity to make a statement in your decor so make sure you go for something that stands out. 

5. You have too much art.

Just like everything else, displaying art needs to be done in moderation. If you're lucky enough to have a big collection, consider putting some of the pieces in storage, and take them out when you're changing your "rotating exhibits." 

SOURCES: InsideOut (3 Mistake People Make When Hanging Art) and Apartment Therapy (9 Art Displaying Mistakes Everyone Makes at Least Once and How to Never Make Them Again)

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