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A Guide To Purchasing, Enclosing, And Organizing Your Artwork At Home

Author : Anne Bowen

A blank wall can be one of the most exhilarating or intimidating things in the world. A blank wall is just begging to be given some artistic depth with a new piece or two. If you mess up and have to take down and rehang items, you end up with a wall full of holes announcing the shame of your inadequacy and indecision. No forethought and you're left with an unresolved blank wall. But with a little thought and time, and a few carefully chosen decorations a wall can great you like a friend whenever you see it.

Decorating can complete a space, express your personality or evoke an emotional response. Don't worry. The art need not be from a famous painter and you don't have to have an art degree or expertise in design and decor in order to successfully decorate your room. Professionals know the techniques shared by many to remove the mystery of hanging art.

Rule number one is to contemplate about the blank wall as much as one would about an empty room. Think back. When is the last time you heard someone remark on how they reclined on the most sumptuous couch or settee? Think about the last time you heard someone talk about the gorgeous dining table they ate from at someone's home? It's likely you've never heard anyone say that. But you probably have heard someone talk about an amazing painting in someone's home.

A serious art collector will use the art to inspire the rest of the decorations in the room. Most of us do this the other way around. To that solemn art collector, suggest your artwork match your furniture and you'll get a smirk if not flat out laughter. Designers know this all too well. You can still color coordinate without upsetting the very people you need to find the piece you want to complete your room. Decorating experts recommend choosing a specific color from your artwork and using it as accent throughout the room with items such as pillows, flower arrangements, or throw rugs, which pulls the room together. Most art looks its best when a white mat is used to frame it, though a colored mat in a larger size beneath this can also enhance the work by providing extra color to unite the display with other objects.

The frame is key piece to try to tie the art to the rest of your decorating strategy. Plain, skinny frames are a popular choice currently. With a contemporary painting and modern furniture and designs, these work very well. Formal or traditional rooms are often paired with elaborate frames consisting of broad strips of wood, adorned with gold or silver paint. Are you overwhelmed with what to do with that huge expanse of wall? Many home decorators recommend one large painting in the center of the wall.

Walls of that size are usually found in modern houses, and you can get inexpensive works of modern art that are also very large. Many designers also like the look of framed posters when presented using a white mat in conjunction with a black or wooden frame. If you have treasured photographs or art prints that are really too small for the available space, designers recommend displaying it on a larger mat. Pieces done this way can be quite dramatic and stunning especially when spaced so that there is a larger white space on the bottom. This can be done by the store that frames the item. You can have a mat cut to order at many art stores. Another way you can make your artwork really stand out is with your choice of lighting. Many experts recommend the use of halogen lights because their white light makes colors appear brighter.

Here are some tips for the art newby. To begin, write down the size of the wall on which you'd like to display some art, and keep these in your wallet. Local galleries are great spot to begin your search for a memorable piece. Local dealers sell a variety of artwork including paintings, sculptures and photos ranging from about $20 upwards to $3,000 each. Do you still have questions? Plenty of galleries allow you to pay a small amount to bring a piece of art home to test it out on your wall. But don't stop your search at galleries. Also check out outdoor art shows and local art schools. If an original piece is out of your price range, then a print, silk screen or serigraph of the original might be just as lovely. Many a treasure has been found at a garage sale, so scope them out and don't forget second-hand stores or neighboring flea markets.

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