Last week, I spent a few hours at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. I love going to museums! I find so much inspiration! It is a reminder that we all can make contributions to this world; positive contributions that will leave the world better than we found it.
Art is a very personal thing and people respond to it in different ways. I typically prefer abstract and modern art, while others prefer portraiture or landscapes. Some clients don’t mind when I select the art, while others prefer to select their art themselves so each piece has a story. There is no right or wrong way to go about acquiring or decorating with art. On many occasions I’ve been hired to help clients that own a lot of art and not a lot of wall space, determine which pieces to hang. Below are a few of my tips… 1. Hang art that is deeply personal to you. Art that invokes a special childhood or adulthood memory, a photo from a family barbecue or a wedding day portrait or a landscape from a vacation can help to inspire happiness and create more of the same energy that was captured at the moment the photo was taken.
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2. Select art that ties a room together. This type of art should give the space a theme. The theme can be around content or color.
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3. If you are creating a gallery wall and the space already has a lot to catch the eye, stick with frames that are similar in size and finish. If the space is relatively neutral, play it up a bit with frames of different finishes and size.
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4. Don’t be afraid to create and display your own art. The fun is in the doing but it is equally as satisfying to display your own work amongst those of real artists.
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5. There are many different art forms. Don’t be afraid to explore and mix and match multiple forms and styles.
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