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Painting the wall above your mantel will make any arrangement pop. Try using deep charcoal gray, bitter chocolate or (for the truly bold) oxblood red to create a rich backdrop. A flash of gold, like this sunburst mirror, brings the glamour.
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Keep it simple. With mats and frames, the easiest thing to do is stick to the most versatile colors: white mats and black frames. Then have all your art framed the same way.
Choose various colored frames in a coordinating palette if you want to liven up a neutral environment.
If you don't have one piece of art that's demonstrably bigger, weight the center with darker pieces and frames.
Create a singular sensation. If you have an ornate frame, give it breathing room by not hanging lots near it. Thin, slick frames are better for grids or rows.
Clipboards are great for hanging children's art or art that is rotated often.