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Choosing & Grouping Art

Choosing & Grouping Art

Choosing the right art for your walls is challenging and with so much on offer in local galleries and online the options can seem endless. Whether you go for a print, a painting, a photograph or a mixed media piece make sure that you buy something you love. Whilst a particular artist might seem like a savvy investment if you don't adore one of their pieces it will inevitably be difficult to find the 'right' place for it to hang. 
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Birdie Fortescue Blog | Birdie at Home
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If you are looking to buy a work or a number of pieces for a particular space always measure the wall space first and take into account radiators (the heat can warp paper and wooden frames), the position of architectural features and direct sunlight (particularly significant for watercolours and delicate pieces). If you have a space above a fireplace to buy for but the fireplace is off-centre, one option is to consider a group of smaller pieces rather than a single large painting as it will be easier to disguise the asymmetry. Framing is also vitally important and depending on the look of your home you may find that black frames for example look harsh and out of place whereas light wood fits perfectly. Our own preference is for lightly white-washed wooden box frames. We find that almost everything looks better when float mounted as it gives additional substance to works on paper and is an ideal way to draw attention to attractive deckle edges. Finally always remember to hang at eye level - art is very often hung too high!
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Birdie Fortescue Blog | Tor Falcon
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Birdie Fortescue Blog | Dana Finch
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Birdie Fortescue Blog | Claire Oxley Art
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Pairs of paintings can be very useful to hang on either side of a main door, window or fireplace. This is effective with pieces of exactly the same size or even with a slight variation. As a rule hang the smaller in line with the centre of the larger rather than trying to match the tops or bases of the frames.
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Birdie Fortescue Blog | Trudy Montgomery Art
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To create a gallery wall work out the arrangement on the floor first with all of the relevant sized gaps between pieces and then mark everything on the wall. This saves lots of frustration and unnecessary holes! This look is equally effective whether the works are eclectic or harmonious.
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Birdie Fortescue Blog | Christophe Gowans Art
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Staircases look very effective when hung with a series of works of the same size that follow the steps up. This can be easily achieved with a set of prints or studies.
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Birdie Fortescue Blog | Alex Jorgesen Art
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Cupboards can also provide a good display opportunity. If you have some small paintings which sit well together they can transform a dull open bookshelf.
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Birdie Fortescue Blog | Choosing and Grouping Art
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