Your walls will thank you

When it comes to hanging art, perfect placement is a thing of the past. There are a number of "rules" you can follow to help yourself along, but if you adhere to tradition too much, it will look—well, it will look like you're adhering to tradition. So embrace your inner delinquent and go a little bit rogue. The most interesting wall arrangements are unexpected, inventive, and at least a little bit irreverent (hopefully more than less). The following rules will lead the way to more wonderful results when you break them. So get going, you rebel you.

 

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Paintings Go on Walls

Sure, some of them can—but the rest can be leaned up against floors, mantels, chairs, and consoles. It will add dimension to your vignettes, and you won't end up with any eyesore holes in the wall.

 

Chris Levine Large Walls Call For Large Art

 

Large Walls Call for Large Art

Just because you have a giant blank wall doesn't mean you need to spend an insulting amount of money on a giant piece of art to fill it. A single small piece, hung on a large blank wall, can make a large enough impression to fill the room—just make sure it's something you want everyone to notice!

 

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Sculptures Go on Pedestals

Sculptures also go on walls! Don't restrict the 3-D facet of your walls' gilded, unwieldy frames for paintings—seek out sculptures that can be displayed vertically instead.

 

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All Wall Art Should Be Perfectly Centered

Symmetry can be visually appealing, sure, but a lop-sided arrangement can be playful and chic.

 

 Tracey Emin Eye Level

 

Eye Level Is Ideal

Yes, if you place your art 57 inches above the ground it will be right at eye level, a pleasing place, but that doesn't mean you can't tack one closer to the ground or way above a doorway.

 

Original article by Amanda Sims for Architectural Digest

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