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How To Select and Position Artwork

Sarah Cichy is the Founder and Director of one of Sydney’s most reputable PR agencies- Piccolo PR– An agency that specialises in homewares and all things ‘Kids’.

Sarah is constantly exposed to the latest homewares, trends and products from around the globe and knows a thing or two about art! She talks to StyleHunter Collective about how to select and position artwork to color you happy!

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Artwork is an important part of decorating your home and reflecting your personality. We use it to set a mood, add an accent or re-create an existing space- it adds personality to your home and brings color and creativity into your world.

Selecting the right piece of artwork to help frame a room is important – but alas, it’s only the first part of the puzzle. Here are a few top tips to help you select (and position) artwork that’s right for you.

  1. HIGH Hopes: People have a tendency to hang art too high the center of the image should be at eye level. When people are in their living rooms they generally sit- so artwork should be lower. A good way to test the positioning of your artwork is to hang it one hand width above the sofa.
  2. SPACI-AL Awareness: When deciding where to hang images in your home, consider the wall space available and the arrangement of the room. Larger pieces should be placed on a large wall and have enough room for people to be able to stepping back and admire. Small pieces placed on a large backdrop look lost so best to position these between windows and doors.

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  1. Show me a Sign!
    Add positive statements, words of affection and encouragement to the nursery with ‘scriptured’ wall decals.’ Brainspiration is the latest company to launch positive and motivational feature walls for us to dote on. Expose yourself each day to positive energy and enthusiasm by selecting pieces that add extra zest to your day. By creatively combining inspiring messages and quotes with beautiful typography and artworks, Brainspiration ensures motivation is never more than a glance away.

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  1. Balancing Act:
    If you select bold artwork, it’s important to peel back on other pieces and colors to ensure you empower/ not overwhelm the room. Artwork with strong colors, dramatic shapes and angles are best placed on a neutral background.
  2. Let there be light:
    The light in the room will complement your artwork help create a mood. Use dim-switchers which will help to highlight certain accents of artwork.how-to-hang-and-position-art.4
  1. Nursery Rooms:
    Select artwork in nursery with the child in mind by choosing pieces that are kind and caring/ as opposed to being too ‘design-led.’ Welly’s Wonders are the newest creatures in town- these gentle, timeless and charming characters were born out of a desire to teach our children to Be Kind. Imagine. Collectables include a suite of A4 and A3 prints, baby and children’s clothing, accessories and artwork that enable our little ones to take a step back in time and enjoy a piece of this retro renaissance.how-to-hang-and-position-art.9how-to-hang-and-position-art.8
  1. Digital Delights: If you have children beautiful pieces of artwork will come home weekly and often end up piled up on the kitchen benchtop/ under the bed or scattered throughout the home. Capture the magic of their masterpieces by taking a photo of them to create a digital mosaic which will last forever. Originals can then be thrown out- minus the guilt!
  1. Collecting Artwork
    Lastly, collecting artwork is fun and a great way to add freshness to the home. Rather than storing old pieces under the bed, protect artwork by exploring safe storage solutions. SmartBox units are made from breathable, sustainable natural wood fibres, which guarantee contents remain well-insulated and protected from external factors such as temperature and humidity change. Alas – the paint will be perfect when you pick it back up!

Well, there are some great ideas from Sarah on how to select and position artwork. If you liked this then you’ll enjoy reading about how to display art and objects, 12 ways for displaying on a mantle, and organising and de-cluttering with Oprah’s own de-clutter king.

Do you like to display things in your home? What is your favourite way to hang art of display objects? Do you have any of your own tips on how to seelct and position artwork? We’d love to hear about them.



Penelope Herbert

As the Managing Editor of Stylehunter Collective, Penelope is up to her eyeballs daily in fabulous fashion and sizzling style for wardrobe, home and special events. Journalist, marketer and film director, Penelope also has skills in interior design, technical drawing (architecture is a passion) and event management. She is currently working on two screenplays (for fun), some house & garden renovations and enjoys motorbiking. She also has a new puppy, Chloe, who is now the office puppy too. Oh...and she blogs at Don't Call Me Penny.


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