Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Artful Art Arrangement


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Art arrangement can be really tricky. I try to look at compositions that please me and figure out what that person with the great eye has done to make it all work so well. The secret is that even the best art curator/arranger does the thing where they shuffle and reshuffle the arrangements until they are just right. Here are four different approaches to try the next time you are doing some rearranging.

image by Marcia Prentice

The somewhat orderly stack and prop. It seems appropriate that a photographer’s agent has such a beautifully framed and arranged collection of photography. Over at Carol LeFlufy’s Hollywood Hills home, mid-century style is revered as is art. This method of stacking photos on picture reails and shelves in a simpled layered pattern is quite easy to acheive. Onee reason the collection looks so harmonious is that they are all in black and white, and framed and matted in similar ways. This is probably my favorite house tour I’ve seen on Apartment Therapy.

By Turquoise LA/Vanessa De Vargas.

The total mix method. Creating a great art wall does not require great art. On a shoestring budget, interior designer Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise LA created this eat-in kitchen art wall at The Upward Bound House with thrift store and donated finds. She doesn’t stray far from this style in her own home; her recent redecoration has another wall with a few items like a mirror in the mix in the same way:

by Turquoise LA/Vanessa De Vargas. Photographed by Bethany Nauert

One needn’t get out the butcher block paper and masking tape for the full-on Martha Stewart wall arrangement craziness. Simply imagine a general outline of the items as one whole block and move items to fill to those edges.

via Better Homes and Gardens

The Galaxy Approach. Better Homes and Gardens has dubbed this the Galaxy or Center of the Universe Approach, and it’s an easy one. Pick one dominant piece to be the center and orbit everything else around it like it’s the sun. This works well with a larger piece of art, a mirror or a platter surrounded by plates. You can go exactly symmetrical on either side, but I prefer the looser implied symmetry they’ve accomplished here. It’s more comfortable.

The Grid. You cannot go wrong with the grid. It works with everything from sweet antique pressed botanicals to nudes to Chagall lithographs to punk rock album covers. This one even has extra molding pieces that reinforce the grid and match the frames. Yes, this can be a bit of a bear to actually hang perfectly. via House to Home UK