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What kind of Art you should hang in your house

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Have you ever thought about what kind of art would look best in your room? Or maybe you are trying to decided between several art options for your space. Let me give you a little advise:

  • Personal art (photos) are to remain in personal spaces: bedrooms only.

  • Pick two to three types of artwork; photography, oil, paper, acrylic, etc.

  • Now pick 5 colors that you like (I usually suggest one cool color (blue,green,purple) and one warm color (yellow, orange, red) along with 1 additional cool or warm color, and two neutral colors.

  • Find art work that has only the colors you have chosen and that are the type of artwork you have chosen. By doing this, you have created a color scheme for your home.

  • It is usually best to have neutral colored walls where you plan to hang your art, unless your artwork is only a neutral color (Neutral, Black, Grey, White, etc.).

  • Your frame is arguably one of the most import parts of your artwork. A rustic wooden frame can make a room feel casual, while a silver leaf frame with a double white matte can make a room look elegant. If you choose to get your artwork professionally framed, tell the framer what feeling you want your home to have- this will help him/her narrow down what options will best fit that feeling. And of course- consult a designer!

  • See my post [HERE]: the 5 best ways to display art

  • See my post [HERE]: the 10 best website to buy art

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The 10 Best Websites to Buy Art

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Some of my favorite places to buy art online are the following:

1. etsy.com. Etsy is one of my favorite websites for art, accessories, and even furniture! Its a great site that puts you in direct contact with small business owners. 

2. art.com has some of the biggest selection of artwork and at good prices. 

3. society6.com. Society 6 is a community of great artists who sell originals and prints, perfect for any home looking for unique pieces! 

4. minted.com is alot like art.com and society6.com where there is an artist community selling a wide variety of work.  

5. 20x200.com which has a wide variety of art at an affordable price.

6. EyesonWalls.com which hosts a great range of limited artworks.  

7. Artfullywalls.com has some great affordable pieces of artwork. 

8. Purephoto.com has some amazing photography. 

9. ugallery.com is great if you are in the market for a custom piece of artwork.

Bonus: One of my personal favorites to shop at is urbanoutfitters.com (and sister company anthropologie.com). Both Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie might be better know for their clothing, but they have developed a really great apartment home section and it has some really great and unique art finds there! As well as some of my favorite artists works. I also love Restoration Hardwares baby & child department for their adorable watercolors and animal artwork for nurseries.  

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The 5 Best Ways to Display Art In Your Home

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Below is a list of the 5 best ways to display art in your home.   

Art Wall Display’s are one of the easiest ways to display multiple artworks together on one wall. I suggest starting an art wall display on your largest wall. This could be in your living room or dining room. You could put it in your bedroom, but usually art walls are meant to be shown and are best in more public spaces.     When you start to layout your art wall start with the largest piece that you have and place it in the center around your eye’s view (usually this is about 5’-5” above the floor) and layout your frames so the space between each frame is approximately the same distance.     Try to keep the vertical and horizontal edges of these frames lined up as best you can.  

Art Wall Display’s are one of the easiest ways to display multiple artworks together on one wall. I suggest starting an art wall display on your largest wall. This could be in your living room or dining room. You could put it in your bedroom, but usually art walls are meant to be shown and are best in more public spaces.

When you start to layout your art wall start with the largest piece that you have and place it in the center around your eye’s view (usually this is about 5’-5” above the floor) and layout your frames so the space between each frame is approximately the same distance.

Try to keep the vertical and horizontal edges of these frames lined up as best you can.  

Displaying three large photos together, called a triptych, is a great way to create rhythm and repetition. It also can create a great focal point.     This display often looks great above a sofa or bed, or even in a hallway or entry way.        Sometimes these three images are different images that relate to one another, or sometimes these three images are three sections of one larger image.

Displaying three large photos together, called a triptych, is a great way to create rhythm and repetition. It also can create a great focal point.

This display often looks great above a sofa or bed, or even in a hallway or entry way.    

Sometimes these three images are different images that relate to one another, or sometimes these three images are three sections of one larger image.

Art Wall Display’s are often used with staircases one of the easiest ways to display multiple artworks together on one wall.     When you start to layout your art wall start with the largest piece that you have and place it in the center of your staircase (stand on this middle stair and place the artwork at eye sight on the wall) and continue to layout your frames as you walk up your stairs.     Try to allow for equal space between each frame.     Try to keep the vertical edges of these frames lined up as best you can.    

Art Wall Display’s are often used with staircases one of the easiest ways to display multiple artworks together on one wall.

When you start to layout your art wall start with the largest piece that you have and place it in the center of your staircase (stand on this middle stair and place the artwork at eye sight on the wall) and continue to layout your frames as you walk up your stairs.

Try to allow for equal space between each frame.

Try to keep the vertical edges of these frames lined up as best you can.    

Floating art shelves are also a great way to display multiple pieces of art together, This is one of my favorite displays since you can change out the art easily depending on the season. I suggest displaying 5 frames per shelf varying in size for the best balance.     Your shelves also don’t have to be stacked, they could be offset, but make sure your shelves overlap by at least one third.  

Floating art shelves are also a great way to display multiple pieces of art together, This is one of my favorite displays since you can change out the art easily depending on the season. I suggest displaying 5 frames per shelf varying in size for the best balance.

Your shelves also don’t have to be stacked, they could be offset, but make sure your shelves overlap by at least one third.  

Displaying six art pieces of the same size on one wall is also a great way to cover a hall or an entry, or even behind a large sofa. These pictures could all be different, or perhaps they are all the same subject, color, medium, etc. this will create repetition and balance.     I suggest that you purchase all the same picture frames from one location and if the frame comes with a matte as well, decide if you will use it.    

Displaying six art pieces of the same size on one wall is also a great way to cover a hall or an entry, or even behind a large sofa. These pictures could all be different, or perhaps they are all the same subject, color, medium, etc. this will create repetition and balance.

I suggest that you purchase all the same picture frames from one location and if the frame comes with a matte as well, decide if you will use it.    

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