Savvy decorators know the secrets of selecting and arranging art
Strength of Symmetry
A symmetrical arrangement is created when each half of a display is the mirror image of the opposite side. One mirror flanked by a pair of lamps or a trio of prints over a centered bowl are both examples of symmetry.
However, your displays of artwork need not be so prescriptive. It is as acceptable to leave old paintings unframed as it is to hang photographs in a neat grid pattern.
Pop with Color
Contrasting artwork with a wall color is good technique to highlight treasured objects. Here, red walls frame four Asian prints with saturated color
Learn the "rule of threes" to apply to your home decorating projects. In general, odd numbers of objects are more interesting to the eye.
You can arrange odd numbers of objects symmetrically for an ordered approach, or go for a more creative, casual look with an asymmetrical arrangement.
Hang art that is the correct scale for the wall surface.
Relax traditional art with innovative display. Here the two lower watercolor prints hang with the frame edges under the prints (inside the mats).
This arrangement calls attention to the central sculpture and frames the table display below.
Picture shelves are a great way to organize framed and matted photographs. Though black-and-white photos are a terrific look in a contemporary room, art shelves can also host prints, framed postcards, and a variety of other objects.
Lean and overlap frames to avoid blanks; fill in with edited accessories in fluid