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.
Art lifts our spir­its each time we look at it. Lift your spir­its by tak­ing a trip to your local art gal­leries. Buy local. Sup­port your local econ­o­my and your local artists.

Endan­gered Land­scape, Jude Lobe
As Evening Falls Over Pamil­co Sound, Lolette Guthrie











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.


  • 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.