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How to Hang Artwork

Make your collection look major.

Photo: Mark Lund

You may have a sharp eye and killer taste, but picking out your artwork is only half the battle. If not displayed properly, a Monet could very well look like a cheap motel watercolor (okay, mild exaggeration). Bring out the best in your artwork -- and your living space -- with these easy tips:

  • Odd is always better than even. If you have a series of photos in a row or other arrangement, go for five over four (or seven over six, or nine over eight…).
  • One of the most common mistakes people make is hanging their art too high, which creates a feeling of disconnect with the rest of the furnishings. Throw away the “eye-level” rule and hang works in relation to other furnishings.
  • If you want to hang artwork above furniture, pick a piece that’s smaller than the piece of furniture it’s going above. This creates a sense of hierarchy in which the furniture (as it should) gets top billing.
  • Have a really great piece of art that you want to highlight? Hang it on a wall all by itself so it doesn’t have to share space. (To pull this off, the work should be pretty big.)

Nestpert: Minnesota designer Jay Nuhring, author of the blog "Loving What You Have."

-- The Nest Editors

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