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Modern: With strong black accents in framed iron-work and tapestries, striking black and white photos are a natural choice for a modern and sophisticated look.
Calm Retreat: To reinforce mood of a nestled, cozy retreat, use artwork with neutral, earthy colors and a horizontal landscape subject.
You can even mix and match different styles to create a unique style of your own. For example, frame traditional black and white photo prints in a modern black iron frame.
Arranging and Hanging your Pictures
In order to get maximum effect of your wall pictures in terms of adding character and a focal point to room, you need to decide where and how you want to hang them.
Here are some suggestions to help you decide how to get best effects from your pictures:-
Modern Gallery Look: To create a modern art gallery feel, particularly nice in hallways, lobbies and stairwells, give each piece ample breathing room. Stand at center of first piece and take one swift, or two small steps along wall. This is a good center for next piece.
Above a Sofa: When placing art above furniture such as a sofa, you need to hang picture about six to nine inches above sofa, or at eye level.
Cluster Arrangements: Tightly group an even number of pictures together to give a statement or a focal point. This works on either large or small wall spaces, depending on look you want.
In a row: By placing an odd number of pictures in a horizontal line to each other gives balance and sense of space. This works well in hallways or stairwells.
By deciding where and how to hang your pictures, whether it be a tight cluster or a single print above a sofa, you can then determine size and shape of pictures you need to buy.
When you have decided on room's function, color and style, you are in a much better position to go shopping for wall pictures that fit in with overall theme.
Wall pictures are an underestimated interior design accessory. This is probably because most people do not know what to do with their pictures in order to get maximum effect in a room. Before you go hanging up your pictures make sure you plan ahead what you want to get out of that room. Decide on function, style and color of room first before you buy your artwork. By doing this you are in a much better position to buy right type of art picture to fit in with theme and color accent of your room.
Claire Bowes is a freelance writer and the owner of flower-pictures-n-posters.com and landscape-pictures-n-posters.com. Fine art prints, wall posters and photographic prints for your wall art needs.