There is truly an art to hanging art. It takes a great eye, and a person who has excellent spatial awareness and sense of proportion. I have always felt that the art in the room is one of the elements that truly gives a room a finished feel, and I am currently very inspired by the masterful groupings of art that I have seen.
Southern Accents online has some wonderful articles on the art of hanging art, including an article by Josie McCarthy on her tips for grouping and arranging art. There is also an article on the importance of framing (VERY important, trust me). Famed designer Barry Dixon weighs in by recommending a grouping of nine works; nine is a magical number to him, because it provides many options for arrangement. These experts all recommend to fully plan your arrangement on the floor and even better on the wall (by using cut-out paper in the size and shape of the frame) before attempting to hang the art.
Original art is very desirable, and there are so many wonderful sources for art these days: etsy, ebay, flea markets, children's sketches. However, wonderful and affordable arrangements can also be made from antique prints.
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