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Wall Art for Traditional Living Rooms Can Fit or Break the Mold

Wall Art for Traditional Living Rooms Can Fit or Break the Mold

Tips on How to Pick a Piece That You Love, From Paintings to Mirrors, Classic to Contemporary. From beautiful oils to light-reflecting mirrors and everything in between, art is often what immediately draws the eye — the element that makes an impact at first glance. Even in a traditional and more formal living room, thinking outside the box and buying what you're drawn to is crucial when choosing art. Here are a few other things to consider when picking that perfect piece. A beautiful oil painting can be just the thing to tie in all the colors in a traditional...

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How to Arrange Artwork in an Artful Way

How to Arrange Artwork in an Artful Way

Victoria, a.k.a. sfgirlbybay, is a master at arranging art, and I've been admiring the way she switches things up and makes seemingly disparate pieces work together for years now. I think we should all channel our inner Victorias and give it a shot. If at first you don't succeed, take it all down and try something different.Before you get started, here are a variety of very different examples of ace art arrangement. Some work because of a white wall, some work because of a peakcock wall. Some work because of perfect symmetry, some work because they completely reject symmetry. Some...

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Casual Wall Art Arrangements Show Deliberate Style

Casual Wall Art Arrangements Show Deliberate Style

No time or desire to carefully plot a wall-art arrangement? Grab a hammer and throw tradition to the wind. Are you one of those people who's afraid to pound nails into freshly painted walls for fear that you'll put a hole in the "wrong" place? Well, fear no more. Hanging wall decor at random is easier than ever and can give a space a sense of individuality that perfect gridlike arrangements can't.The key is to keep the arrangement loose but the spacing tight so that the overall effect is one large focal point. Repeat key elements — colors, materials, shapes...

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Off-Center Art Hits the Mark for Energizing Design

Off-Center Art Hits the Mark for Energizing Design

Stifling a yawn over symmetry? Shift your art arrangements for design drama that's anything but middling   Like most traditionalists, I gravitate toward symmetry. For a long time, my living room sideboard had a single framed black and white photo hanging over it, dead center. The scale of the photo was too small for its location, and every time I walked past it I puzzled over how to fill in the walls on either side. Sconces? Twin mirrors? Framed postcards? I was stuck. Then, in the midst of a little recreational furniture rearranging, I had a brainstorm. I left the...

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The Design Rules for Hanging Art Above a Fireplace

The Design Rules for Hanging Art Above a Fireplace

When it comes to hanging art above a mantel, what are the dos and don’ts? How high should you hang the work? Is one piece enough, and what’s the right color scheme? Read on for expert tips.     Do coordinate strategically. This dark gray stone fireplace takes center stage, standing out amid warm neutral furnishings. The temptation might be to hang a dark artwork above to harmonize with the stone, but the painted gray alcoves on either side complement the fireplace enough to leave the white space above the mantel primed for a brighter piece. This painting ties in...

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