Making it Work: Little Art Paired With Large Art

Making it Work: Little Art Paired With Large Art

Susie Nadler
Feb 11, 2010

We love the way artworks of drastically different sizes look when hung together in an eclectic group. But this can be surprisingly difficult to pull off; large artworks sometimes dwarf smaller pieces, and just as often the varied sizes can have a cluttered effect. So what are some principles to keep in mind when trying to hang little art with large art?

• Choose pieces that connect with one another in some way. A thematic element like a bird motif (first photo), when echoed in both the larger piece and the surrounding smaller frames, pulls the whole group together.

• Choose your colors carefully. Just as you would when choosing furnishings, pay attention to the colors in the artworks, and pick up colors from the larger piece in the smaller pieces.

• This is a good rule of thumb when hanging any group of art, but consider using matching frames to create harmony and provide a connection between larger artworks and smaller ones.

• Avoid exact symmetry. Hang your large artwork at the edge of the group instead of the center for a more effortless look. The last photo above does a lovely job with symmetrical artworks hung alongside a large piece, but maybe it's the exception instead of the rule?

What do you think? Do you like the look of art in various sizes grouped together? How do you pull it off?

(Images: I Suwannee (1 and 2); Martha Stewart; Country LIving; Design*Sponge)

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