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Originally published February 21, 2014 at 8:02 PM | Page modified March 1, 2014 at 9:19 AM

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The art of decorating: How to choose wisely for your home

If a piece captures your interest, you should assess its value before making a purchase.


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How do you go about purchasing the right piece of art for the home? And after you buy it, how do you frame it, and at what height do you hang it?

Start by finding art that you feel a connection with. Does your gut tell you this piece is just right for you? As they say, does the piece speak to you?

If a piece captures your interest, you should assess its value before making a purchase. Value can be determined in a few ways. First, consider the artist’s fame: In most cases, the more popular the artist, the more expensive the work.

Find out how many editions have been made of that piece of art. If it has a limited edition of 10, it will have a greater value than a piece that has 300 editions. Always get paperwork that denotes authenticity.

Next is framing. The frame should complement the piece, not upstage it. The wrong frame can overpower or underwhelm the piece, so experts suggest seeking the counsel of a professional. Ask the framer about recessed mounting, which gives the illusion that the art is floating on the wall.

How high should art be hung? Interior designers say that eye level is the perfect height, but whose eye level are we basing this on?

Between 5.5 and 6 feet is a good bet. Don’t hang anything too high, or the viewer will lose connection with the piece.

If a piece is very large, you should have a professional hang it. If it’s not too large, you can probably hang it yourself by using a ruler and a level. Large pieces of art work well on large walls, and smaller pieces are best in hallways and on smaller walls.

Lighting is important. A light should shine on the piece in a complimentary way. There are art lights that can be mounted just for the purpose of flattering the piece.


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