HOW TO DECORATE TO EXPAND A SMALL ROOM
Looking for an easy way to do it? Hang a large landscape painting in the room. Give the illusion of space with a landscape painting that has a distant horizon. It will become your focal point and if you are in the mood to change your environment, you can use the colors in the artwork to determine your wall colors, accent pillows etc.
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Or, you can make a vignette in a corner by mixing sculptures, pottery and framed small paintings. Bring together small tables of varying sizes or cubes to place your special artworks, and placing them next to a seating arrangement or in a corner.
Use the windowsill for display of small paintings or sculptures.
TIPS FOR HANGING ART
- When hanging art, if the artwork is heavy, hang with 2 picture hanging hooks 4″ apart. This shares the weight.
- Consider the height that you hang single artworks. They are best hung at eye level, which averages 60″. To do this you measure up from the floor 60″ and that is where the center of the picture should hang. FORMULA: Divide the height of the frame by two; from that number, then subtract the distance from the top of the frame to the hanging wire; add this number to the 60″ mark and and mark where the bottom of the picture hanging hook should be.
- All art is better hung with picture hanging hooks rather than nails or screws, as it helps distribute the weight.
- Hang smaller artworks in groupings of varied sizes.
- If a painting is very small, frame it with a large double mat before hanging on the wall.
- If you have a mantle, consider just leaning it against the wall rather than hanging it.