Making Artwork Arrangements

Hanging artwork in groupings can create an exciting look for any room. The simplest grouping is a pair: two pieces of art, framed identically. They can be placed side by side or one over the other, in an even or uneven manner.

Another simple grouping might be three or more pieces of art of varying sizes. Each piece must be framed in the style and color that works best for that individual item. It will look best if one work of art is quite large, while the companion pieces are of smaller sizes.

For an easy way to set up a grouping wall in your home or office, spread your artwork over the floor in front of the wall area where it will hang.

Rearrange the smaller items around the one or two larger pieces until the grouping has a look of harmony. Take care to have faces looking into the center of your arrangement. Watch for a rhythmic flow of colors, shapes and media.

Imagine your items hung low over the furniture or trailing to the baseboard for a designer look. Take light switches, outlets and heat ducts into consideration. When the ?floor arrangement? looks perfect, move each item to the wall in the same relative position.

Note: Some homeowners swear by the following method: Cut newspaper or kraft paper to size for each item. Work out the ?floor? design using these templates. Hang the ?paper? items on the wall using small pieces of removable tape. Make needed adjustments. Use a straight pin or pencil to mark the spots where hooks should be nailed. Then hang and enjoy.