12 Don'ts and Do's for Decorating with Art

There's nothing more depressing or empty looking than a blank wall. However, decorating with art can be tricky, so much so that it's easy for us to get scared off before we even begin. Because of that, before you decide to start buying art or running for the hills, check out these artwork do's and don'ts that'll save you time and effort.

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  • Don't hang the artwork too high. The center point of either a single picture or a grouping of works should be at eye level. 
  • Art doesn't have to be expensive. You can hang gallery wall of family photographs or mount pieces of fabric or wallpaper. There's also a growing number of affordable online galleries available to peruse.
  • Don't hang art by yourself. It's always better to have at least two people so one can hold it in place and the other can step back and make sure the placement is correct.
  • Don't hang a tiny piece on a big wall. If you have a small piece, put it in a frame that has a large mat. 
  • Don't hang all the large pieces in one area and all the small ones in another. The same goes for similar frames. Mix things around until you feel they're visually balanced.
  • Don't hang pieces too far apart from each other. Approximately two inches (sometimes less) on either side and below and above is enough space. 


  • Use your walls a showcase for your own photographs. Have your photos blown up and then use a spray adhesive to mount them on a piece of foam core.
  • Plan out a photo wall in advance. Place them on the ground in front of the wall and play around with the arrangement until you find one that satisfies you.
  • Hang art in every room in the house. Don't forget about the dining room, bathroom, and even the mudroom.
  • Treat several pieces as one unit during the hanging process.
  • Use picture-hanging hooks rather than nails or screws. They can take a large amount of weight (up to 100 pounds for some sizes). Use two hooks per piece because it helps it remain level.
  • Lean artwork against a wall in some areas. A piece sitting on a console table or mantle leaning against the wall can look very stylish. Layer a few pieces together for a striking display.






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