Let Your Walls do the Talking a few Tips on Choosing Artwork.

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metal art reflectionGenerally art is the most personal item added to a room. To me, artwork  in a home is like jewelry is for fashion, very necessary to complete the total look.


   When choosing art the first decision should be whDramatic wall accentat is best for the furniture, wall space, and the purpose of the room. What style fits best, does it need to be formal, casual, professional, eclectic, or staged for the next home owner? Also the dominant color pallet can evoke certain moods. A painting, a print or sculptural wall art can all create different looks for the same room.  The same is true for the frame.  

      For more dramatic impact a single larger piece as a focal point can be the crown jewel.There are many great ways to find or create unique artwork without breaking the bank and you don’t have to be an artist. Try painting a few canvases with an accent color then add lines or geogetric shapes in other colors. Like wallpaper but it's too much for the entire room? Frame and hang a smaller piece as art or the backdrop in the frame. 


  Sometimes grouping smaller sets of art is best. Groups can be hung vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. Not all art grouping have to be symmetrical. There are many ways to create groupings but there must be a common theme that brings the group together.

art group



TIP when hanging a group of pictures use painters tape marked at the appropriate spacing for your hooks, then use a level to make sure your tape is straight. If you don’t have a level always measure from the ceiling down, not from the floor.

  Attach picture hangers (my personal choice) nails or screws as marked on your tape and you’ll have quickly 

and evenly hung artwork every time.
wall art group


The best recommendation is to hang any art at eye level, which means the center of the picture should be no more than 5 ft high and have the bottom of the frame about 8 inches above the furniture.

 Also less is more, a few well placed pieces will create the best appeal.  If you have too much on the wall or competing styles it can be more of a distraction than an accent.

Don’t forget to consider the current lighting and if needed add additional lighting to spotlight the art.

Artwork is always a great visual in any room and the possibilities are endless.

Comments (4)

Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Walls do talk and I never understood the language and still don't. However, my wife speaks WALL fluently

Sep 16, 2011 04:26 AM
Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors

Nice post and great points as Barb mentioned.  Art is one of the things that is the icing on the cake.  I have so many people comment on my artwork and that is fabulous as they fall in love with the spaces because of the art/accessories and the way the furniture has been set.

Sep 17, 2011 04:34 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential
Jacki choosing art and presenting it well is an art. Hats off to those of you who who do it well.
Oct 23, 2011 03:35 PM