Tips for curating
Art is personal and there’s no right or wrong in taste or visual appearance. Organize your art — original, posters, photos, reproductions or even magazine tear sheets — so that it’s pleasing to your eye. Here are pointers to enhance your collection: B Take your time. Consider hanging a major job, and do it carefully and deliberately. Lay out an arrangement on the table or floor in advance and move the pictures around until they look best as a group. B Create groupings like three square frames in a horizontal row or three rectangular frames in a vertical line on a narrow wall alongside a doorframe. B Match the size of painting to the wall space. Hang large or oversize works on the most expansive wall and give it room to breathe — for example, don’t put little pieces around or near it. B Hang similar themed work — landscapes, still lifes, pets, family portraits — in clusters. B Mark the wall with pencil to delineate places for each. Use a ruler or tape measure to get the space between works balanced. B Place the center of a picture at eye level. B Use high-quality chrome picture hooks instead of plain nails. Hooks are angled and ensure the frame lays flush against the wall. B Use a level to ensure the
pictures are straight. B Step back and look at the arrangement from the other side of the room to be sure it looks good.