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Tips for Choosing + Displaying Art

Art is one of the quickest and easiest ways to personalize your space, and with so many great affordable art options out there these days, there’s almost certainly something to love within your budget. Read on for 5 tips for choosing and displaying art, plus my top 3 art print picks!

Tip no. 1: Consider the mood you want to create in your space. In the living room, think cheerful, vibrant, and conversation-starting. In the bed and bath, think soothing and serene.

Tip no. 2: Choose what makes you happy! Taste in art is highly personal, so go with your gut and choose pieces based on how they make you feel. The art in your home should be a source of inspiration and joy.

Tip no. 3: Take a cue from your furniture when hanging. Art works best when it relates to a nearby piece of furniture. In the space shown here, a grouping of artwork centering on a large-format floral print works to draw the eye up and away from the ‘big black box’ of the TV. In other areas of the home you might want to position artwork above a credenza, console table, or headboard.

Tip no. 4: Make hanging art easier. Use picture hanging strips instead of nails for all but the heaviest frames, and don’t forget to use a level! To completely avoid the hassle of hanging, you can always prop up artwork against the wall, or line up pieces on a floating shelf.

Tip no. 5: One oversize piece always looks good. Salon style groupings can be gorgeous, to be sure, but nothing beats a single stunning piece for maximum impact. Plus, it’s foolproof to get right!

My top 3 favorite prints right now all have a bit of a springtime floral theme, perfect for ushering in the next season…which can’t come soon enough!

Art shopping guide (clockwise from top): Close-up of cherry blossoms; Whisper Magnolia; A Pot of Tea and Keys.

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Photos: The Glitter Guide

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3 Chic Plant Projects to Make + Give

The holidays are coming around the corner, and I am on a mission to make them as stress-free and simply beautiful this year as possible. One of my favorite ways to keep the holidays feeling less hectic and more harmonious is by choosing to forgo the big shopping malls in favor of thoughtfully handmade gifts for my loved ones, and simple decorations inspired by nature. These 3 beautiful plant projects are at the very top of my to-make-and-give list this year.

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1. Potted amaryllis bulb. My sweet mother in-law plants about a dozen amaryllis bulbs in little pots each winter, so she always has something on hand to bring as a hostess gift to parties. This is so simple, and makes a wonderfully heartfelt gift for literally anyone on your list. When you’re ready to gift one, tuck a few sprigs of greenery inside the pot, wrap it in ribbon or garden twine, and affix a simple gift tag.

2. Simple fresh cedar branch wreath. I love that this project uses an embroidery hoop (widely available at craft stores) as a base instead of the more expected wreath form. And the side-swooped greenery and ultra-fine wire of lights makes this wreath look fresh and modern. Hang one on your wall above the bar cart, suspend in front of a mirror, or, of course, place one on the door.

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3. DIY jasmine kokedama. Kokedama is a planting technique that hails from Japan, and is simply a plant with the root ball covered in moss…which allows you to forgo a pot! This DIY kokedama project is gorgeous, and thanks to the fragrant jasmine, smells delicious, to boot.

Bonus idea: botanical art. And while I wouldn’t say that a green thumb is required for any of these projects (really!), if gardening is not your cup of tea, why not pick up a few botanical art prints, instead? Botanical art can please even those with fussy tastes, and it brings a welcome dose of greenery to the winter home.

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Art shopping guide: (clockwise from top left) Audubon’s Vireo; Woodland Ferns VI; Woodland Ferns VII; Crimson Botanical IV.

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Tips for Choosing and Displaying Art

Artwork is one of the quickest and easiest ways to add color, style, and a personal touch to your space. But with so many options out there today, it can be hard to know where to begin! The first step is to simply get in touch with what you love, because you are the one who will be living with the art. Browsing art online is fun, and it’s a great way to expose yourself to many different styles and see what you respond positively to — but if you are just beginning to figure out your taste in art, I recommend also taking a few little “field trips” to local art galleries and events to broaden your horizons and experience art up close and personal.

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Photo credits: 1. Becki Owens for Domino Magazine 2. Molly Winters for Urban Outfitters 3. The Glitter Guide 4. The Design Files

I love the idea of collecting artwork around a theme, because this means you will end up with a group of art that works really well hung together on the same wall. Depending on what you are drawn to, you might choose to collect floral and botanical prints, colorful abstracts, or moody black and white photography. And of course, don’t forget you can always frame your own photos! Once you know what you like, it’s time to figure out where you will put your gorgeous new art — here are 5 of my favorite ways to display art.

1. In a grid. This works well with art or photographs in identical frames, and creates a very neat, crisp look that works beautifully in any space.

2. Salon style. I just love the creative and relaxed vibe of a floor-to-ceiling gallery wall — and it’s not as hard to pull off as it looks! In fact, the grid can be much trickier because it relies on very exact measuring, while a salon-style grouping like this one can be much less precise and still look great. One tip to remember is always start in the center with a larger piece of art, and work your way up, down, and outward from there. The best part of this gallery wall is you can build it up over time, adding pieces as your collection grows!

3. Frames touching. Hanging a grouping of artwork very close (with the frames actually touching one another) is very modern and fresh. Try this in the dining room with a grouping of subtle drawings in slim gold or light wood frames, or above your sofa.

4. Against a colorful backdrop. Just about any artwork looks even better when placed on a wall painted in a richly saturated hue like the blue shown above.

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Photo: Varpunen.

5. Black and white. You really can’t go wrong with an art wall done all in black and white, it’s foolproof! Try mixing it up a little by incorporating graphic prints and posters, black and white photography, black and white illustrations, and maps. Hang everything in slim black or white frames, and use bright white mats.

When you are ready to hang up your artwork, be sure to take your time and measure carefully before you begin. For lighter weight frames, using removable Command strips is a great way to keep things simple and easy — and if you mess up, you won’t be left with tons of holes in your wall! If you must use a more permanent method, I highly recommend seeking out picture frames with art wire attached to the back. This makes the frame much easier to hang because you only need one hook, and it’s easy to straighten.

Most of all, when it comes to choosing and displaying artwork, the most important thing is to have fun, and go with what you love. Right now for spring, I am loving fresh, modern florals like the four prints shown here. Happy art hunting!

Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Simple Stems VIII by June Erica Vess; Bloomer Squares XV by James Burghardt; Small Blue Linen IV by Megan Meagher; Laney I by Kevin Calaguiro

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