Ask Ann: Wall Arrangements

Q. How should I arrange art on my wall or shelf?

The keys to beautiful arrangements are unity and variety. This can apply to many different areas – wall art, decorative items on shelves, table settings… the list goes on and on.

Keep it simple- pick a common concept among the pieces and stick to it. Some examples of themes could be color, shape, size or content.
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Add a little visual interest – maybe there are a few pieces in the arrangement that don’t quite “fit in.”
A good example is to introduce a mirror, shadowbox, or some other element of variety. Remember to keep the size/color/shape the same as the other pieces in the arrangement.
Don’t be afraid of chaos – we’ve all collected little sculptures, catch-alls or photos… smaller items that when carefully curated read as a whole. This is a great way to draw peoples attention to your vignette so they can delve into the details of the collection. This is a GREAT conversation starter in social settings and adds personality to your space.
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Have a clear plan of action before you start hammering away. Create a space on the floor, lay everything out and play around with different arrangements until you find the perfect one. This exercise avoids extra nail holes in the wall and ultimately results in a nicer looking, well planned out arrangement.
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