If you’re like most folks, you envy people whose homes are graced with artwork that is carefully placed throughout. You would probably like to have a collection of your own, but you hesitate. You are in very good company if you fear buying and displaying art because you imagine yourself to be uncomfortable in the art of displaying artwork. Home stylists Sydney often tell us that far too many homeowners – regardless of their level of education or their placement in society – resist the urge to hang paintings for the same reasons.

I’m not sure how high I should hang a painting or print on the wall.

Almost everyone hangs artwork far too high on the wall, making viewers crane their necks to see the painting. Artwork should actually be hung at eye level in order to be appreciated properly. The average adult’s eye level is 160 cm from the floor, and it is here that the centre of the painting should be placed, so measure carefully.

My collection is too eclectic to hang together in one room.

No matter how varied the colour palettes may be within your collection, you will probably see that there is a common thread to be found among all the paintings. Whether it be the colours, or the individual elements, the profile of the piece, or the overall theme of the collection, there is likely to be a common thread that attracted you to each of the pieces in the first place. If there really is not and you want them to hang together anyway, consider having them framed identically in order to provide the necessary continuity.

I’m not sure which pieces should be placed in what room.

While it’s true that kitchen scenes and still-lifes look best in kitchen or dining areas and the subject of water or bathing fits well in the bathroom, there is no hard and fast rule about where a particular painting should be placed. When you live in a home, you should not be afraid to display the art you love precisely as you wish. Never mind that it might not please others. When it’s your home and your tastes are on display there, your favorite artwork should most definitely be displayed as well.

Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on your perspective, art is a very personal passion. When the time comes to sell your home, you may have to rethink the artworks throughout your home.

What you find to be beautiful – like the nude bathing beauties in the bathroom, or the similarly clad images in the bedroom – may be embarrassing to others. It’s for this reason art is one of the most problematic of challenges faced by Sydney home stylists. Next to furniture, stylists replace art more often than anything else when they prepare a home for presentation to the public.

Excellent furniture stylists Sydney know just how to use art to enhance your home’s best features. If you have magnificently high ceilings, they may hang paintings above one another in order to draw the buyer’s eyes upward. If you have a particularly lonely nook or stairway landing, a compelling piece of art or a sculpture can work to bring the orphaned wall into the sense of family within the home.

Another tricky element to the proper placement of works of art is the lighting. Whether it is natural or artificial light, proper illumination of your artwork is critical to its translation in the eyes of those who view it. No. You needn’t install fancy track lighting or call in a lighting engineer to display your favourite paintings. Ask your home staging expert how to bring out the beauty of your art through the use of lamps and other lighting fixtures already available in your home.

Because your home stylists Sydney are committed to making your home irresistible to buyers, he or she may replace your artwork totally. Don’t take this personally. Remember, not everybody likes abstract art or loves the Dutch Masters. A well-trained and experienced house stylist will bring in art pieces that work well with the design you’ve envisioned together and, sad though it may seem to you, Salvador Dali might not make the cut.

Art is essential in the human equation. It brings new beauty and meaning to our lives. Allow it to enrich the home in which you live. By all means, include art in your home that has been staged for sale. Just remember to consult the experts in the latter case to ensure a pleasantly universal appeal.

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