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Arranging Art Groupings
Hanging Art Pieces Together

Working horizontally, as on a sofa wall or a hall entrance, prints grouped in odd numbers are visually balanced, giving volume without crowding.
 

 

 
Even Numbers Art Arranging

Large spaces
– Tightly group an even number of pictures to balance a large space, such as a high wall in a room with vaulted ceilings.

Small spaces – Tightly group an even number of pictures in a small space, such as a galley kitchen or a tight stair landing, to give a window effect. Enhance the effect by using light colors and slender frames.

In both cases, the trick to evenly numbered collections is tight grouping so that pieces appear as one statement rather than a series of small comments.
 




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Symmetrical Art Placement

If you have a selection of pictures that are similar in subject matter, size and framing, consider a symmetrical grouping to create a mirror-image balance.

Symmetrical collections are often used to create the popular gallery effects, above large pieces of furniture, such as sofas and above mantles.
 
 
 
Asymmetrical Wall Arrangement

If you have a selection of dissimilar pictures with at least one common element, such as subject matter, use an asymmetrical grouping for a more organic balance.

When hanging two larger pictures together, try lowering one and raising the other, so the top and bottom don’t match.

Group larger and smaller pieces, to create interest and energy. For example, hang a large focal piece, such as a garden scene, with two smaller pieces, such as gardening tools or seed packets.

Combine horizontal and vertical pieces in the same grouping. Hang a tall architectural print with two panoramic skyline photos.
 
 
 
Spacing Pictures
Tightly spaced 2" or less between prints

Normal spacing 4 to 6"

(Our favorite trick: place your hand with fingers closed between the prints)
 
 
Museum Art Placement

To create a museum gallery effect, visualize a horizontal line at 58" above the floor and use this as the center point for all of your prints, no matter the size.
 
Modern Art Gallery Displays

To create a modern art gallery feel, particularly nice in hallways, lobbies, stairwells and restaurants, give each piece ample breathing room. Stand at the center of the first piece and take one swift, or two small steps along the wall. This is a good center for the next piece.

 

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