1. Buy what you love! Art should make you smile. Please yourself, since you'll be looking at it all the time. The most important question to ask is, "How does this make me feel?" A great piece of art will fit the atmosphere of your home as well as your personality.
2. Your artwork can complement similar colors in the room, or bring in accent colors. If you have a grouping of artwork in the same room, they can be united by theme, color, style, or framing.
3. If creating a grouping, choose an odd number of items with a central focal point. Or, create a symmetrical arrangement with an even number. Don't have too much empty space between pieces. 2-3 inches is enough. Play with the layout by arranging pieces on the floor first, or use paper templates or painter's tape on the wall. If you are combining large and small pieces, have the largest in the middle and work around it.
4. An asymetrical arrangement of animal wall art prints can be perfect for a collector who plans to add to the grouping. Start in the center and work outward as you acquire more pieces.
5. Hang the center of the painting or grouping at eye level. In the living room, where people will spend most of their time sitting, eye level will be lower. Artwork above the sofa should be 5-6 inches above the back.
6. Artwork above something large like the sofa, bed, or sideboard should take up about 2/3 the space. For example, a painting or grouping of art over a 7.5' sofa would be approximately 5 feet wide.
7. A vertical arrangement is perfect for narrow spaces, such as between windows.
8. In the kitchen, hang artwork away from moisture and heat. Above open counter space or in a breakfast nook would be ideal.
9. When hanging multiple pieces of various sizes around a room, level the middles rather than trying to line up the tops or bottoms.
10. Rather than hanging art on the walls, think about leaning artwork on a shelf or mantle.
11. To showcase art in a stairwell, choose an oversized piece to make a focal point on a landing or at the top of the stairs (this idea also looks great at the end of a hallway). Or cascade an asymetrical collection along the stairwell.
12. Consider "framing" your television with a collection of animal wall art prints.