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By: Keystone Foundation  09-12-2011

Art & Humanities « Key Stone Foundation

After years of experience in hanging pictures one could come up with certain rules. As much as possible refrain from hanging pictures on every single wall unless you’ve always yearned to live in an art gallery and keep in mind that hanging a picture is best when a wall appears to be bare without it. Hanging pictures can be done in groups, over a console table, a server, a sofa, or a small pier table.

There is a second rule. Consider the furniture underneath so as not to make the groupings wider than it. If you want to give a unified look to a wall, hang the pictures close together, especially if they’re of varying sizes. For instance, let’s say you have a prized collection of bird prints in frames of varying sizes and types. Instead of hanging them frame by frame consider pleasing geometrics.

The following are some other rules. Even with pictures hung in close proximity the wall acts as a frame that serves to set off a group of pictures on all four sides. The arrangement of pictures in pleasing geometry is that of a square or a rectangular shape. When your task involves four pictures all framed alike and of the same size a good idea would be hang them geometrically in a square over the sofa, or in a straight line over a long table, or vertically above a small step table. When using the step pattern to hang pictures make sure to use it when there is a staircase. The best option to take would involve straight lines meeting at right angles. Considering a little regimentation it is not that bad sometimes.

Consider that you have a number of pictures you have been able to accumulate over a lifetime inclusive of old family portraits, originals, prints, and reproductions. For unification it is important to consider framing and matting everything alike when hanging these together. Other than use simple gold frames for 16 prints one friend matted then in forest green. Sensational was the look after being set against a red wall. For one friend adding color was a matter of matting each picture over her sofa in a unique shade. Only one subject applies to the pictures and they were of the same size too.

When you looked into a department store model room did you ever think that something was missing? Regardless of how picture perfect the room is no one ever ate, slept, lived, and took phone calls in there. There is no room for individuality. This is an important part of your home.

A department store model, remember, is designed to sell furniture, and your home, it is hoped, is designed for your comfort and pleasure. Start with color, forget this year’s in shades, What’s your favorite color? Well, your color choice will affect the general mood of your rooms. Different colors relay different emotions. Why not flip through some color charts, looking for nothing in particular until you are drawn to a particular color grouping. Follow your individual choice and you’ll be right most of the time.

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