How to display your art to best effect

The art you display in your home or office speaks volumes about your style and personal taste. If you're uncertain how best to display your treasured pieces, below are some pointers for showing your artworks to best advantage.

* Choose the right room in which to display your work, taking into account the room's size and lighting. A large, bold work might be overpowering in a small, informal living area, yet may bring drama and focus to a larger room. Smaller sized works may be more suitable for staircases and hallways, where they will be viewed at close range as people pass through those rooms. 

* Consider the mood you wish to convey in the room - do you want to introduce drama or calm? Do you want to inspire creativity, or promote quiet contemplation? Ensure both the size and subject of the work is consistent with your intended mood for the space.

* Achieve dramatic effect by placing a single work on a main wall. Reserve this approach for works you love, and to which you want to attract maximum attention.

* Position your favourite works in the rooms you frequent most. This will ensure you gain maximum opportunity to see the works that bring you the most pleasure.

* Try a new place for any work you have stopped really seeing. Simply moving art around can help you see it afresh, and may cause you to fall in love with an old favourite all over again.

* Hang works with the horizontal middle at eye-level of the intended viewers – this is the position at which people are most likely to actually look at the work. In children’s rooms, consider placing artworks at the eye-level appropriate to a child, rather than that of the adult hanging the work.

* Clean and uncluttered is best for a professional office environment. A single dramatic painting or sculpture can add an air of prestige, while an unusual or topical piece can be an ideal conversation starter.

* Allow walking room around sculptures, so that viewers may appreciate these three dimensional works from a variety of vantage points.

* Pay attention to the effects of light - might the work be enhanced by different lighting? Sculpture in particular may be enhanced by a light source placed behind or beside the work, to highlight the work's contours and texture. 



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