Art should be the thread that pulls an entire room together. It’s the jewelry or eye candy of your space! Here are important things to contemplate when considering art.


Buy Art that you LOVE! When artwork has significant meaning or is a reflection of you,  it will survive the test of time. Sometimes that significance is indescribable, and that’s okay. Remember, art is subjective and only you will see what you see in it.





Find Focal Points. What is the focal point of the room or space or where do you want to direct the eye? An area that draws your attention is a great place to display art.




Consider Scale. Determine how much space you have available for art and seek pieces that are the right size for this space. A rule of thumb is that art should fill about 2/3 of the available space. When your goal is to maximize impact, try selecting abstract art in a large format. (Photo compliments of John-Richard)

Color is Key. Art should complement other furnishings, pillows, rugs, throws and window treatments. Ensure a consistent color palette is kept in the room when adding art or try beginning your room design from scratch based on your favorite painting!

What’s the “right” Height? Most often, you’ll want too hang art with its center at eye level. When hanging art above a sofa or another piece of furniture, like a credenza, keep the bottom edge of the frame 6-12 inches above the furniture. Of course, there are always exceptions to this based on the overall configuration of the wall, room ceiling heights and accessory arrangement.



Create a Common Theme. Use work by the same artist or works that have a common style to add cohesiveness.





Introduce Different Mediums. Introducing other mediums such as metal, glass, dimensional pieces or photography can be intermixed and uniquely compliment painted works.  (Photo compliments of Viz Glass)




Lighting is Important. Lastly, to get the most impact out of your art pieces, ensure that the art is enhanced by great lighting. Whether it’s frontal light, backlighting or side lighting, accentuating your piece with the proper illumination makes a huge difference on how it communicates in your room.



At Nicole Arnold Interiors we love working with Dallas homeowners and businesses on their art designs! Call us to discuss your project and how we can make the most out of the artwork in your space.

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