Thursday, June 23, 2011

Artwork for Small Spaces

While your wall space may be limited, a little creativity can go a long way to creating walls that are colorful and visually exciting. Proportion and balance are key when it comes to decorating a small space with artwork.
Take into consideration who will be using and viewing the space. Will your guests or yourself be seated when viewing a particular work of art? Placement of art on a wall should take this into account, especially in a small space where there is less room to maneuver.
Small spaces generally require small artwork. Large paintings can sometimes overwhelm a small space and back people into a corner. However, a large painting can make a significant visual impact and may be all that is needed in a small space to add color and depth. One, single large painting often looks visually more appealing than many small paintings in a jumble. Experiment to see which looks best in your small space.
If you are hanging an assortment of images, start with the smaller pieces on the lower portion of the wall and work your way up to the larger pieces. This will draw the eye upward and create the illusion of space.
For a small room with a low ceiling, stack pictures in vertical arrangements that add height to a room. Avoid completely covering a wall with paintings however, balance is key.
A pair or trio of smaller pictures have more visual impact when hung over a doorframe or small window, rather than left to float aimlessly on a large wall.
Artful arrangements of beautiful framed pictures add warmth and personality to a room, especially a small space.

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