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How to Hang Artwork

How to Hang Artwork (and Still Love It in the Morning)

Now that you know where to find hip but affordable artwork online, it's time to get to hanging. Decking out your rooms with artwork can be a daunting task, especially once you've invested in some special pieces — you're not just tacking posters up in your dorm room anymore! But don't let that keep you from finally getting art up on your walls. Follow these five tips for gallery-worthy displays in no time.

  1. Choose a theme. To keep your artwork from looking haphazard, settle on some kind of theme before you select which pieces to hang. Your theme can be a color, subject matter, style, artist — anything, as long as it ties all the pieces together in that room.
  2. Let your artwork guide your frame choices. If the style and color of your artwork is all over the place, choose coordinating frames to keep it cohesive. If you've chosen multiple similar pieces from the same artist or the same series, try mixing up your frame color and shape so the end result isn't too matchy-matchy.
  3. Consider the vibe of the room. Your space is your own, and you can choose to hang whatever artwork you like. But in order to keep from regretting your decision a month or two down the road, bear in mind the vibe of each room as you're selecting pieces. You may want to avoid hanging grotesque pieces in the kitchen, racy pieces in the living room, or creepy pieces in your bedroom.

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  1. Take stock of your space. Before you decide which pieces of art to hang in which room, evaluate the type of space you're working with. You don't want to clutter your space with too much, but you also don't want to leave the walls looking sparse and unfinished. If your walls are broken up with doorways and windows, keep your art on a smaller scale. If you have big, empty expanses of wall, choose bigger pieces (or lots of little ones) to fill them up.
  2. Don't be afraid to mix your scales. Bigger artwork and smaller pieces can peacefully coexist! Your pieces of art absolutely do not all have to be the same size, or even on the same scale. Try hanging one oversize piece on a large wall and clustering smaller, coordinating pieces around it, or alternating bigger and smaller pieces along a longer wall.

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