Staging with Artwork


Picture arranging is always one of those “arts” that either you’re good at or not. It does take a “good eye” to see how principles of design, relate to displaying art. Principles like, balance, scale, proportion, color, rhythm, and more, are as important to displaying art as they are to painting the art.

Look at the total shape of the wall first. It’s like the canvas to paint your picture arrangement on. Let the wall dictate the shape of your arrangement. Here are a few examples of homes we staged with beautiful artwork, mirrors and photography. When arranging artwork keep these tips in mind when… blank walls beckon!

Big walls need big interest, either with one large piece or a group, to create big impact. Adjust to the shape of the wall. Tall walls, add height, long walls, add width.



Arrange “like”art symmetrically. Frames, matting, subject matter look similar. This approach fills ANY shape of wall with formal, equal, balance and impact.

Massapequa, NY

Arrange “unlike”art asymmetrically. Collections of different shapes and sizes can be arranged with great visual interest. The secret is to cozy them up to each other. Keep spacing close or overlap them for an informal casual feel.



Let art inspire room colors. Pull some of those great colors that you love in your art to inspire the room’s palette. Start with the art first and that will give you the jumping off point for the rooms color scheme.


Mix and match elements. Mirrors and art together fill a big wall beautifully. A great trick if you don’t have enough art to fill the scale of the wall.



Hang mirrors as you would art. These are great in darker, duller spaces. They reflect light and add sparkle. Use mirrors, to create interest, as a piece of art would.

Front sitting room, Great Neck Estates


Add an element of surprise! Try something unexpected. Here, instead of hanging a single piece of art over the bed, we used a beautiful set of framed photographs. Trust your instincts. If it feels right, it will work.


To sum it up, don’t be afraid to hang art outside the “eye level” box in a balanced way. Art doesn’t have to be expensive to be impactful. Leave some breathing space between arrangements. Wall space with nothing on it is just as important as wall space with. Resist the urge to hang it all. Edit artistically.

Use the floor, as your wall, before you hang an arrangement. This way you can move things around until you get it just right. Then take, and print, a picture of the arrangement.

Happy Picture Hanging!