Demo Lesson

Chapter 1

1. Navigating the Presentation

2. Introduction

Chapter 2

1. General Guidelines...

2. General Guidelines (cont.)...

Chapter 3

1. Choosing Artwork

2. Hanging and Displaying...

Chapter 4

1. Choosing Accessories

2. Choosing Accessories (cont.)

3. Displaying Objects

Chapter 5

1. Grouping Artwork...

2. Growing Good Energy

3. How Does the TV Fit In?

Chapter 6

1. Summary

2. Conclusion


Hanging and Displaying Artwork


How you display artwork will partly depend on the style of the space. Modern designers leave more blank wall space and tend to hang pieces lower than traditional designers do. A common mistake is to hang artwork too high in an attempt to avoid leaving too much blank wall space over the top of the picture. But this makes it difficult for people to see the artwork at eye level. A helpful question to keep in mind is: Can you look at the art without tilting your head? If you're tilting your head up to see the piece, you probably need to lower it to bring it back down to earth with the rest of the room's design. 


Restraint is also important when hanging art. If you find yourself wanting to hang something on every wall, put the brakes on. This is rarely effective. If you have something worth hanging, leave enough wall space around it to provide a neutral background that won't compete with the piece. A neutral color scheme provides the best backdrop for art with strong colors and forms. Create a focal point in the space so that the eye clearly knows where you want it to go. If you have too many pieces too close together, the eye will be jumping about with uncertainty, not knowing where to settle.


Room interior with art on the wall
Art stands out against a neutral background


Finally, you need to keep lighting and preservation in mind when dealing with artwork. Place fine art where you have control over how much sunlight comes into the space. Not only does light affect how the artwork appears, but it can also be damaging to art over time. If you're having the art framed, ask an art and frame shop about UV-coated, glare-free glass to protect the piece. If the home has protective window film, that will also help. If you use specialized lighting to accent the art, use low wattage lamps, and keep the lights off when nobody is in the room. Never use halogen lamps to light artwork; they get too hot. And though you may have seen it in the past, it's rare to attach individual lights to the tops of frames anymore. There are much more pleasing lighting options, such as track lighting and recessed lighting, that you can use to show artwork in its best light.  


Later in the lesson, we'll talk about grouping artwork when you have multiple small pieces or related photographs, for example. But first, let's turn our attention to finishing touches in the form of objects and accessories.