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First up, the most ideal place for a gigantic piece of fine art photography: an open, airy great room packed with architectural interest. A single piece of art can strike the perfect balance between the architectural assets and personal contents of a space.
If you really want to make a statement with non-representational art, go gigantic. Not only will it be much easier to take notice of the piece but it will also help you define an area, or in this case, draw people in from one space to another.
Symmetrical groupings: a nifty way to bring in some big impact, even if your subjects are more small-to-medium than overscale. Intimidated by hanging 12 framed pieces perfectly? Don't be! Lay them out on the floor atop contractor paper. Once they're in place, trace each one directly onto the paper with a pencil or Sharpie. Next, mark exactly where the picture-hanging wire sits on the paper. Tape the contractor paper up on the wall, use a hammer to add picture nails into the marked area of the paper, tear down the paper, then hang your art. Trust me, it works. Trying to eyeball it can become a Swiss cheese drywall catastrophe.
The parlor-style art grouping has become quite the trend over the past few years. What's so great about it, you ask? Bang for your buck, ladies and germs. Think about it: 18 pieces of art spread throughout 5 rooms makes much less of a impact than one great grouping in a 12X16 space. They key to keeping it all aesthetically correct is allowing the same distance between each piece. In small to medium spaces, two to three inches often works best.
One huge statement through art doesn't always have to mean big bucks. Simply framing something inexpensive like a map or even blueprints can be just as artful as something from a gallery. For blueprints online, check out this Etsy shop.
For those of you who really don't like a lot of stuff — and I stress the word "really" — oversized graphic art may be right up your alley. Many times the lines or pattern are quite busy which can make the overall space seem a kind of schizophrenic. By pairing it with just a few key items, the art truly gets to be the star. Have you seen Black Swan? If so, you'll understand that there's usually only room for one breakout sensation to shine.
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Anyone else have success using large-scale art in their home? Or, on the other hand, ever encounter a problem with it?
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