Art & Decorating Tips
Art can be made, purchased, and viewed for so many reasons . . .
to leave the viewer with questions, to invoke disquiet or anger, purely for decorative purposes or to soothe and calm the soul.
I choose the serenity of nature in my art . . .
colour that brings you back to the earth and black and white that helps to define the lines.
Each colour tends to promote a different emotion.
To develop a particular mood in a room,
start with a background colour (on your walls),
that is not your main target emotion,
but will compliment your target emotion.
(Neutral backgrounds will enhance your mood colour, not detract from it)
Your target emotion colour should show in your wall art
and also in your accent pieces.
• BLUE –
• GREEN –
• YELLOW –
• ORANGE –
• RED –
• PINK –
• PURPLE –
• BROWN – outdoors,
• WHITE –
• GRAY –
• BLACK –
Choose the size of your art according to the space
where you intend to place it.
Your art should not fill the wall you are placing it on but should have a healthy amount of space around it to compliment it.
But your painting should not be too small that it gets lost on a large wall
(Place smaller artworks in smaller places)
All of the artwork on this site lists the original size.
(Original artwork may be available & will be noted on each)
Prints, (the same size as the original or smaller) are available
To Frame or Not to Frame .
If the canvas is stretched and you’re happy with how the sides of it look,
you can display unframed.
Ensure that the unframed painting is secured safely on display.
Corners and edges may be damaged in a fall.
Taking care of all stretched canvas paintings is imperative.
Having a soft display piece, requires care to ensure that the surface
is not dented or ripped by poor shipping or handling.
Stretched canvas paintings can also be framed
(generally without glass or matting).
If your chosen artwork or print is on paper,
a matting and framing should be considered.
Canvas panels can be treated as a stretched canvas
or professionally framed.
A good rule of thumb of where to hang art so that its midpoint
is between 57 and 60 inches from the floor.
Aim for the lower end of the range if most members of your household
are on the short side;
in rooms with ceilings higher than eight feet,
artwork can be hung a little higher than 60 inches off the floor.
Once you pick the midpoint, stick with it for consistency.
For a grouping of works, simply envision the collection as one piece of art.
The only exception to this rule
is when you’re framing the art over furniture.
When placing art over a sofa or headboard, for instance,
it should span roughly two-thirds of the width of the furniture piece.
Hang art so that the bottom of the frame
is 8 to 10 inches above the furniture piece;
the art should be visually connected to it, not floating high above it.
If you’re hanging a smaller work over a large unit,
try adding sconces or other art to fill out the composition.
For art that’s taller than 120 inches, forget the midpoint rule;
just make sure the bottom edge is about a foot from the floor.