Arranging Wall Decor

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Arranging Wall Decor

When decorating, people often put a lot of time and effort into arranging the furniture and very little into arranging the wall decor. Yet in reality, wall decor, like furniture, greatly affects the feeling of a room and should be arranged different ways depending on the desired effect. Here are some of the primary factors to take into consideration.

Weight

Bright, dark, oddly shaped, or strikingly patterned items look heavier and larger than solid, pale, small, regularly shaped items. If an object has sufficient visual weight, it will be better displayed alone.

Balance

Balance is the even distribution of visual weight. The most obvious example of balance is symmetry, though balance is possible with asymmetrical arrangements as well. Without balance, a display will appear uneven and clumsy.

Hierarchy

Hierarchy occurs when one dominant item (the focal point) is used with other subordinate items. This arrangement is especially useful for creating unity in themed displays with diverse items.

Repetition

By arranging copies of an item in a pattern you can create beautiful displays. One good thing about repetition is that works in many different situations: inexpensive and simple objects, pictures, and 3-dimensional items will all work.

Lines

A single line is not usually that interesting. But by grouping several lines together you can create a modern display. Get creative by varying the width, length, and spacing.

Negative Space

Negative space is the blank wall area between items. By correctly positioning wall art, you can turn the negative space itself into a design. This task is more easily done when the color of the items contrasts with the color of the wall.

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