- Let's talk about RHYTHM. Do you want a serene room or a stimulating one? Well, rhythm, the movement from one object to the next, contributes to a room's tone. Creating a certain rhythm depends on the size, shape, and spacing of objects.
- BALANCE is next. This refers to the even distribution of visual weight within your display. Maintaining balance is important because an unbalanced arrangement may look top-heavy, bottom heavy, or as if a side is falling off. Symmetrical wall design is the most straightforward illustration of balance. But you can achieve balance with asymmetrical groupings as well using techniques that pay attention to rhythm, weight and scale.
- Lastly is WEIGHT. Sometimes an object's "visual weight" demands it be displayed alone. Anything that is large, dark, bright, boldly patterned, or oddly shaped will look heavier and bigger than an item small, pale, solid, and predictably shaped.
The absolute, fool-proof method used for years is to trace framed art and wall accessories on plain brown craft paper. Cut out the shapes and tape them to your wall. Once you have achieved a grouping that is pleasing to your eye, simply measure where the hangers are positioned, mark it on your craft paper, then hammer away - right through your paper! Remove the craft paper and hang your art.
We'll take about other aspects of arranging wall art in later posts. There are so many fun and creative things we can do to make our wall express ourselves!
Tomorrow is TABLESCAPE TUESDAY and I will be sharing a table I've called "SPICE TRADE". I hope you will come back and visit with me tomorrow. Until then,