Many art collectors are confused on how to make home decorations with their precious art collections. Maybe their painting can’t match the sofa and other furniture, or the color contrast between the art work and rooms are not in harmony. It’s because there is distinction between art works and decoration designs. Only when the collectors learn how to select the art works that can match their rooms, these problems can be settled gradually.
First, one matter we should be clear is that the display method of art works at home is different from that in gallery. It’s for private appreciation, not for the public; so the works can be arranged in different free styles as we like.
Of art works, planar paintings are most suitable for home decorations. The display positions should be chosen at walls that are complete and suitable for appreciation. Except themes and styles of painting works, we should consider whether the painting area, the wall area and neighboring furniture in good proportion or not. Besides, how to keep a lively balance between the painting hanging position and and neighboring furniture should also be considered. Small-sized paintings are good choice when small-sized walls and large-sized paintings could make congestion effect; large-sized paintings are preferred when large-sized walls and small-sized paintings would look empty and blank. Anyway, proper blank space left on the walls is important, or art effects of paintings would be reduced.
For solemn effect, paintings can be arranged in symmetrical style. For instance, one or more paintings can be hung in the upper central part of sofa, fireplaces or berths; while unsymmetrical arrangement could produce lively effect. Generally, the edges of a painting should not be too close to furniture edges, and at least 20-30cm gaps should be left; color of paintings and frames should agree to that of furniture, which would produce a harmonious beauty.