Friday, March 19, 2010

Hanging Art

Hanging It Up: The Art of Wall Arrangements

Hanging artwork and photo frames is a great way to personalize your space and create visual interest. Wall art can make a house a home, and give your office that personal touch.

Here are some things to think about when selecting & hanging your wall art.



Group items with similar subject matter

Use frames that are all the same color and or shape and or size

Hang frames symmetrically to create balance & harmony

Hang frames in an asymmetrical arrangement to create drama and visual interest

A big wall needs more Art than a small wall - its all about proportion!

Hang things that you will love to look at everyday!

Express your personality & style & interests!

Have fun!


A large wall gets a gallery effect. This SYMMETRICAL arrangement of photos in all white and cream colored frames creates a unified and clean look.

Instead of one large mirror - a series of identical gold framed mirrors creates drama and visual interest.

== Symmetrical vs. Asymmetrical? ==

Symmetrical Arrangements:

Symmetrical - basically means evenly shaped with similar or identical halves

Symmetrical arrangements create a definite sense of balance and harmony. With a measuring tape, a level, and a little patience you can create some perfectly symmetrical arrangements.

Symmetrical arrangements can bring a formal & balanced look to your space.

In this symmetrical arrangement of black framed color photographs a piece of salvaged antique wood scroll work in gold leaf is added to the top to create height, contrast and visual interest. This gold leaf scroll works with the thin gold trim in the black photo frames to create a unified look.

Asymmetrical Arrangements: (the following images from

Aysmmetrical -

basically means irregularly shaped

An asymmetrical arrangement would be one which is not the same on each side and may not have a clear center point

These frames are asymmetrically arranged but their similar frames and subject matter which is similar gives them a sense of balance.

Well, hopefully these tips inspire you and happy hanging!!! Feel free to share your wall art ideas!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Displaying Your Collections

'Collect what you LOVE'

They always say...'collect things you love'....this is sound advice. A sure way to make your home or office a pleasant place is to surround yourself with items you like or better yet LOVE. Choose items that you just enjoy looking at, or that have a special personal meaning to you. Yard sales and flea markets are a great resource. A collection of Toleware trays purchased at yard sales becomes instant wall art!

'Everyday items can become ART'

'Items become a collection when grouped by theme of color, shape, style or subject'
Even everyday items such as plates or bottles can become an interesting collection if organized by a theme such as shape, color or style. Displaying your collection of items in a grouping makes them a real focal point! One item displayed on its own may not pack the punch of style that a group of similar items can.

If you are a wine enthusiast maybe you would like to collect corks. Think of the fun you will have drinking all the wine to amass this collection!! Doing your part to be 'green' as you repurpose an item some might consider trash while creating an interesting collection to display. Quite the conversation piece!

'Color Collections'

Is it a color you are obsessed with? But are you not willing to go the whole nine yards and paint your entire room ? How about grouping various items in that color together. This will give your space a punch of color!

Love LIME GREEN, but dont want to paint your entire room LIME GREEN? How about an arrangement of green items to create interest and quench your desire for your favorite color.


A grouping of all white items such as a Milk Glass collection can create a dramatic contrast to your favorite color wall. This can also be done with a grouping of BLACK or METAL items as well. This will create impact and drama and your wall color will create the perfect background.

Pictured here is a collection of all white Milk Glass against paneling painted in Benjamin Moore's 'Havana Tan'.

HAPPY COLLECTING!!! Share you collections with Design Glory! Email your collection ideas & photos! Design Glory wants to hear from you!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

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