Artwork that is the right size, shape and color can improve the look of nearly any living space.

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Whether the desire is to create a focal point, or to add color or even texture, artwork can be used to improve nearly any living space.

In many instances, the artwork’s size can play a key role in creating a successful installation. When looking for ways to use artwork of different sizes and shapes, here are some top tips.

  1. Hang your artwork so its centerpoint is approximately 5 feet from the finished floor. Most people hang their artwork too high.
  2. Experiment with creating a diptych or triptych using an identical piece of art. This visual technique is a popular trick of interior designers looking to create art in a series.
  3. Use oversize pieces of art in spaces with high ceilings.
  4. When possible, try to add mirrors opposite some of your statement art pieces to further help the artwork stand out.
  5. Pay attention to color. Artwork can be a wonderful way to introduce color and texture.
  6. Use smaller pieces of art in spaces such as bathrooms and kitchens. These are often forgotten and overlooked spaces where cheery artwork can go a long way.
  7. Look for artwork in various shapes and sizes. Long, thin pieces can work well over beds, while rectangular (40 by 50 inches is a popular size) and square (40 by 40 inches) shapes can work well as standalone pieces or above large furniture pieces such as consoles and sofas.
  8. Be sure not to select artwork that is too big or too small. Artwork should be roughly two-thirds the size of the object below it.
  9. When purchasing artwork, ask that it be double-wired so that you have the flexibility of hanging it horizontally or vertically.
  10. Consider hanging smaller pieces of art as sets or groupings, as opposed to randomly hung small artwork that can create visual clutter.