When Size Matters: How to Make Small-Scale Art Shine

When Size Matters: How to Make Small-Scale Art Shine

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Dabney Frake
Apr 5, 2015

We’ve talked about filling up blank walls, large-scale art, and gallery walls consisting of multiple pieces. But if you only have one small-scale piece of artwork existing on its lonesome, don't let it get swallowed up by the rest of your decor. Give what you’ve got more prominence with a few simple tricks that do them justice.

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1. Hang It Somewhere Unexpected: Say for instance, in between two windows in your breakfast nook (as in the lead image above). Or perhaps on the back of a door where you see it each and every time you leave the room.

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2. Choose a Large Mat: Cheat a little bit and give the artwork an oversized frame job that gives the wee work a little more weight.

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3. Embrace Negative Space: Don't overwhelm something you're trying to show off. Keeping a good section of the wall around the artwork blank gives eye lots of opportunity to contemplate what is there.

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4. Light it Up: You don’t have to hard-wire museum quality fixtures— informally hung and plugged in sconces work nicely too.

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5. Frame It: These string lights kill two birds with one stone. They both highlight the artwork nicely, calling attention to its presence, and brighten it up at the same time.

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6. Layer it On Fabric: Even if the piece already has a traditional frame, you can extend its footprint (so to speak) with an added layer like fabric.

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