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The Suburbanite
  • Interiors: Buying and hanging art

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  • Is buying art something that interests and you? Are you inspired by certain pieces? How do you go about purchasing the right piece and after you purchase it, how do you frame it, at what height do you hang it? Letís get some answers.
    First find some 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 some piece truly captures your interest, you should assess its value before plunging.
    You can determine value in a few ways. First, the artistís fame is one way. If you fall in love with a piece that is made by a little known artist, no problem, find out how many editions have been made of that piece of art. If it has a limited edition of say, 10, it will have a greater value than a piece that has say, 300 editions because as in everything, the rarer something is the more coveted it is. And always get paperwork that denotes authenticity.
    Next is framing, unless it is a stretched canvas. Experts agree that a frame can overpower or under-power the piece. For this you should seek the counsel of a professional. The frame should complement the piece, not upstage it. Ask the framer about recess mounting, as it gives the illusion that the art is floating on the wall. This works well with some art and not well at all with others so here again, someone trained and experienced in framing should be sought.
    Now for hanging. How high should art be hung? Weíve heard that eye level is the perfect height but whose eye level are we basing this on? Rule of thumb is the eye level of someone 5 feet, 8 inches. Some like the art hung just a little lower than that but it is up to you. What height is best for your viewing of the piece? Be careful, though, not to hang anything too high as the viewer loses total connection with the piece that way.
    If a piece is very large, you should have a professional hang it but if not so large, you can probably hang it yourself and all you need is a ruler and a level. Note that large pieces of art do well on large walls and smaller pieces work well in hallways, and on smaller walls.
    Lighting is important. Be sure a light shines on the piece in a complementary way. There are art lights that can be mounted just for the purpose of flattering the piece.
    Well, thatís it in a nutshell. Now go search for the right piece and donít jump on the first thing you see as you will learn a good deal about what you like and what is out there if you do some browsing first.
    Page 2 of 2 - Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer in Naples, Fla., is author of ďMystery of Color.Ē For design inquiries, write to Rosemary at DsgnQuest@aol.com.

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