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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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Let’s Put a Price on Art: Your Guide to Art Costs and Buying

Let’s Put a Price on Art: Your Guide to Art Costs and Buying

We paint you a picture of what affects an artwork’s price — plus a little-known way to take home what you love when it’s beyond your budget A piece of original art can make a room, be treasured for years and be passed down for generations. And it can be surprisingly affordable or very expensive. Why do some types cost more than others? “Artwork has to be one of the hardest things to price,” says Kate Singleton, founder of Arthound. “There’s no standard framework as there is for a pair of jeans or a bottle of champagne. Major factors come...

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How to Arrange Art for Your Home

How to Arrange Art for Your Home

Can’t wait to display that collection of pictures or artwork but stuck on how to hang it? Don’t feel bad. There’s a lot to consider in terms of symmetry, picture size and frame style. To get started, take a look at these eight different approaches to displaying your art and photos.     1. Linear What it is: Pictures are hung in a line – either horizontally or vertically. This style emphasizes rhythm and balance. Benefit: A linear configuration works especially well with pieces that are the same size and are framed with the exact same frame. Size of wall...

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9 Reasons to Buy a Painting

9 Reasons to Buy a Painting

No print or poster can rival the power of an original painting, chosen by you, for where you live There’s no doubt that buying prints and posters is fun (and affordable) — but there’s a lot to be said for saving up for a piece of one-of-a-kind art. If you’ve been sticking with framed prints, let these 10 reasons tempt you into your neighborhood gallery to peruse the paintings instead. 9 Reasons to Buy a Painting

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What is Impasto Art? Thick, Textured Paint

What is Impasto Art? Thick, Textured Paint

What is impasto? Impasto is an art term used to describe thickly textured paint that is almost three-dimensional in appearance. Using an impasto technique often leaves visible brush strokes in the finished painting. Many times those brush strokes are actually more important than the subject matter itself. You could almost say impasto is a type of sculpture—but for painters. And on a canvas. For example, if you see a painting and you’re not sure whether the artist has used impasto technique, just look at the painting from the side. Check for globs of paint sticking out from the canvas. That’s impasto. From the...

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