The word 'Art' is most commonly associated with pieces of work in a gallery or museum, whether it’s a painting from the Renaissance or a modern sculpture. However, there is so much more to art than what you see displayed in galleries.

The truth is, without being aware of it, we are surrounded by art and use it on a continual basis. Most people don’t realize how much of a role art plays in our lives and just how much we rely on art in all of its forms in our everyday lives.

The Joy of Art

You may be wondering why all of these things are so important to our daily lives and that you could probably survive just fine with essential items that were non-artistic. That is just the reason why art is so valuable! While art may not be vital to fulfill our basic needs, it does make life joyful. When you look at a painting or poster you’ve chosen to hang on your living room wall, you feel happy. The sculpture or figurines on the kitchen windowsill create a sense of joy. These varieties of art forms that we are surrounded by all come together to create the atmosphere that we want to live in.

Art and Music

The importance of art in our daily lives is very similar to that of music. Just like art, music can make life extremely joyful and can have a huge effect on our mood. In the workplace in particular, music is something that can help people set the mood for what they are about to do. If you have something hard or difficult to work on or are feeling tired, an energetic song will likely wake you up and add some enthusiasm to the situation. Similarly, when stress is high, many people find that relaxing to calming music is something that eases the mind.

Inspirational Art

Inspirational art, such as posters are often found in work spaces to encourage employees to continue being productive. There is now an increasing amount of companies using art in their offices, as well as playing background music, as it is proven to actually work in making end results far better quality. There may be a piece of art that you own that you personally find motivational. Perhaps a print with a positive affirmation or quote beautifully scrolled on it or a painting of a picturesque scene of where you aim to travel to one day.

SOME REASONS WHY ORIGINAL ART IN THE HOME IS AS IMPORTANT AS A BED

1. Creates Mood
2. Adds Personal Character to the Home
3. Makes Memories
4. Provides a Colour Palette
5. Makes a Room Feel Finished
6. Inspires and Fosters Creativity
7. Conversation Starter
8. Supports Artists
9. It is an Investment
10. Creates a Livable Environment
11. Keeps the Brain Active
12. Relaxation
13. Curating Your Own Gallery is Fun!

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Have you ever spent a night at a Ritz Carlton?  If you’re reading this blog, then you most likely have an eye for design, an appreciation for art, and would react as I did just wandering the halls of the Ritz.  I lavished in all the beautiful extras in every aspect of the resort’s design; the grasscloth wallpaper and marble floor in each suite, the meticulously displayed flowers in the lobby.  But, the decor was just the beginning of my experience. Every single piece of art in the lobby, halls, and public spaces was original.  The brushstrokes were so expressive and the thick paint was palpable. Each piece, whether it was my style or not, exuded the discerning taste of it’s owner.

Art makes us feel good and original art does so much more.  It says something about its owner and enriches any space.  So, take a hint form the Ritz Carlton and bring some art into your life. 

  1. The Art Makes The Room

Not all homes can be the Ritz Carlton, but hanging just one painting that is special to you can truly make your home come to life.  Artwork ignites interest and invites your guests to ask questions about it. Where did you get it?  What drew you to it?  Who painted it?   

If you have a...

Christenberry Collection, founded by Meredith Christenberry, is committed to giving back to the community through not-for-profit months. Meredith thought through many avenues of giving back to her community before deciding to make a percentage of sales each month go toward a cause and group that is making the world a better place.

Art brings beauty to our homes and passion to our days, but it can also be an avenue for supporting organizations that support our community. Having a home is a luxury that not all Americans have. Children especially are burdened during this difficult circumstance, and Project Night Night has a heart to help children in need of a sense of home.

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Working in the art business has taught us one definite thing: Art can be displayed in more than one way and look phenomenal. Gallery walls are one way to display multiple pieces of art in an organized fashion. We recently put up a gallery wall in a local Columbia shop and it turned out exactly how we envisioned- Organized and Stunning. 

If you are new to our blog or new to the art world, you most likely haven't formulated a gallery wall before. We pulled together the best tips we have for creating the flawless gallery wall and hope to inspire you to create an art collaboration in your very own home.

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The art shopping experience can be confusing and oh so stressful if you don't know what you are looking for. Shoppers often go into a store and say "I like that picture," buy it and never find the right place for it in their home. (Anyone else have rogue art laying around at their house?!)

Some shoppers take the opposite approach to find art, they see the space lacking color at home and set out to find the perfect piece to fill it. This turns into weeks of indecisiveness and stress, but buying art should not be stressful at all. 

We have FOUR locations all over North and South Carolina that can help you find the perfect piece of art!

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Ten Local Christmas Gift Ideas:

Christmas is only 7 weekends away. Can y’all believe it?

Your shopping time is limited- so to help you we’ve combined a list of 10 of our favorite gift items for the 2016 Christmas season from a few local businesses in the Columbia area!

  1. Gold Circle Earrings| Pixie Belle Jewelry

These earrings are one of a kind as they are handcrafted here in Columbia! These are made with 14k gold fill and could pair so well with any outfit! To purchase these earrings or to see other jewelry that’s available this holiday season, be sure to visit the Pixie Belle Jewelry website or stop by 3128 Collective!


      2. Lulie Wallace Lunch Boxes | LaRoque

Lulie Wallace is an artist from Charleston, SC and she has incorporated her floral designs onto these adorable tin lunchboxes. They are perfect for your little girl so she can take her lunch to school in style.  To purchase these, stop by LaRoque, located at 2700 Devine St. in Columbia where you can also find other beautiful items for the fashion lover in your life.

  1. Travertine Pillows

With a timeless design and modern function you can't go wrong with a beautiful Travertine pillow or two. These would be the perfect...

A Colorful Collage is a new original collection by an Alabama artist we love:
 
Mary Kathryn Kendig
Mary Kathryn Kendig has always been the definition of creativity.
She loved arts and crafts as a child, and grew into a high school student who made sure each football game was well decorated with hand crafted posters and signs. As an adult, she built a studio in her home where she spends most of her time (unless of course, she is spending time with her 2-year old twins!).
When our Christenberry Collection team asked her to define what art is, Mary Kathryn shared, "Art to me is transforming. I feel, like a great song, you can be transformed to a different era by simply admiring art. It is inspiring and brings communities together!"
Mary Kathryn has tried a multitude of mediums and subjects, but recently her art has taken an abstract focus. This abstract style has really soared her art to new heights, which we can enjoy in her newest collection, A Colorful Collage.

 

Mary Kathryn has always admired and found inspiration in Christenberry Collection's diversity of artists. She loves being a part of the Christenberry Collection team and learns from each artist...

Working in the art business has taught us one definite thing: Art can be displayed in more than one way and look phenomenal. Gallery walls are one way to display multiple pieces of art in an organized fashion. We recently put up a gallery wall in a local Columbia shop and it turned out exactly how we envisioned- Organized and Stunning. 

If you are new to our blog or new to the art world, you most likely haven't formulated a gallery wall before. We pulled together the best tips we have for creating the flawless gallery wall and hope to inspire you to create an art collaboration in your very own home.

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The art shopping experience can be confusing and oh so stressful if you don't know what you are looking for. Shoppers often go into a store and say "I like that picture," buy it and never find the right place for it in their home. (Anyone else have rogue art laying around at their house?!)

Some shoppers take the opposite approach to find art, they see the space lacking color at home and set out to find the perfect piece to fill it. This turns into weeks of indecisiveness and stress, but buying art should not be stressful at all. 

We have FOUR locations all over North and South Carolina that can help you find the perfect piece of art!

More

Ten Local Christmas Gift Ideas:

Christmas is only 7 weekends away. Can y’all believe it?

Your shopping time is limited- so to help you we’ve combined a list of 10 of our favorite gift items for the 2016 Christmas season from a few local businesses in the Columbia area!

  1. Gold Circle Earrings| Pixie Belle Jewelry

These earrings are one of a kind as they are handcrafted here in Columbia! These are made with 14k gold fill and could pair so well with any outfit! To purchase these earrings or to see other jewelry that’s available this holiday season, be sure to visit the Pixie Belle Jewelry website or stop by 3128 Collective!


      2. Lulie Wallace Lunch Boxes | LaRoque

Lulie Wallace is an artist from Charleston, SC and she has incorporated her floral designs onto these adorable tin lunchboxes. They are perfect for your little girl so she can take her lunch to school in style.  To purchase these, stop by LaRoque, located at 2700 Devine St. in Columbia where you can also find other beautiful items for the fashion lover in your life.

  1. Travertine Pillows

With a timeless design and modern function you can't go wrong with a beautiful Travertine pillow or two. These would be the perfect...

Have you ever heard the truth about Charleston Sweetgrass Baskets? They are weaved so tight that water can be carried for miles in them! The skill of making a basket of this quality was an inheritance from Western African women. These women would carry food + water to their families on their heads every day.

 

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Have you ever spent a night at a Ritz Carlton?  If you’re reading this blog, then you most likely have an eye for design, an appreciation for art, and would react as I did just wandering the halls of the Ritz.  I lavished in all the beautiful extras in every aspect of the resort’s design; the grasscloth wallpaper and marble floor in each suite, the meticulously displayed flowers in the lobby.  But, the decor was just the beginning of my experience. Every single piece of art in the lobby, halls, and public spaces was original.  The brushstrokes were so expressive and the thick paint was palpable. Each piece, whether it was my style or not, exuded the discerning taste of it’s owner.

Art makes us feel good and original art does so much more.  It says something about its owner and enriches any space.  So, take a hint form the Ritz Carlton and bring some art into your life. 

  1. The Art Makes The Room

Not all homes can be the Ritz Carlton, but hanging just one painting that is special to you can truly make your home come to life.  Artwork ignites interest and invites your guests to ask questions about it. Where did you get it?  What drew you to it?  Who painted it?   

If you have a...

Christenberry Collection, founded by Meredith Christenberry, is committed to giving back to the community through not-for-profit months. Meredith thought through many avenues of giving back to her community before deciding to make a percentage of sales each month go toward a cause and group that is making the world a better place.

Art brings beauty to our homes and passion to our days, but it can also be an avenue for supporting organizations that support our community. Having a home is a luxury that not all Americans have. Children especially are burdened during this difficult circumstance, and Project Night Night has a heart to help children in need of a sense of home.

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Have you ever spent a night at a Ritz Carlton?  If you’re reading this blog, then you most likely have an eye for design, an appreciation for art, and would react as I did just wandering the halls of the Ritz.  I lavished in all the beautiful extras in every aspect of the resort’s design; the grasscloth wallpaper and marble floor in each suite, the meticulously displayed flowers in the lobby.  But, the decor was just the beginning of my experience. Every single piece of art in the lobby, halls, and public spaces was original.  The brushstrokes were so expressive and the thick paint was palpable. Each piece, whether it was my style or not, exuded the discerning taste of it’s owner.

Art makes us feel good and original art does so much more.  It says something about its owner and enriches any space.  So, take a hint form the Ritz Carlton and bring some art into your life. 

  1. The Art Makes The Room

Not all homes can be the Ritz Carlton, but hanging just one painting that is special to you can truly make your home come to life.  Artwork ignites interest and invites your guests to ask questions about it. Where did you get it?  What drew you to it?  Who painted it?   

If you have a...

Christenberry Collection, founded by Meredith Christenberry, is committed to giving back to the community through not-for-profit months. Meredith thought through many avenues of giving back to her community before deciding to make a percentage of sales each month go toward a cause and group that is making the world a better place.

Art brings beauty to our homes and passion to our days, but it can also be an avenue for supporting organizations that support our community. Having a home is a luxury that not all Americans have. Children especially are burdened during this difficult circumstance, and Project Night Night has a heart to help children in need of a sense of home.

More

Working in the art business has taught us one definite thing: Art can be displayed in more than one way and look phenomenal. Gallery walls are one way to display multiple pieces of art in an organized fashion. We recently put up a gallery wall in a local Columbia shop and it turned out exactly how we envisioned- Organized and Stunning. 

If you are new to our blog or new to the art world, you most likely haven't formulated a gallery wall before. We pulled together the best tips we have for creating the flawless gallery wall and hope to inspire you to create an art collaboration in your very own home.

More

The art shopping experience can be confusing and oh so stressful if you don't know what you are looking for. Shoppers often go into a store and say "I like that picture," buy it and never find the right place for it in their home. (Anyone else have rogue art laying around at their house?!)

Some shoppers take the opposite approach to find art, they see the space lacking color at home and set out to find the perfect piece to fill it. This turns into weeks of indecisiveness and stress, but buying art should not be stressful at all. 

We have FOUR locations all over North and South Carolina that can help you find the perfect piece of art!

More

Ten Local Christmas Gift Ideas:

Christmas is only 7 weekends away. Can y’all believe it?

Your shopping time is limited- so to help you we’ve combined a list of 10 of our favorite gift items for the 2016 Christmas season from a few local businesses in the Columbia area!

  1. Gold Circle Earrings| Pixie Belle Jewelry

These earrings are one of a kind as they are handcrafted here in Columbia! These are made with 14k gold fill and could pair so well with any outfit! To purchase these earrings or to see other jewelry that’s available this holiday season, be sure to visit the Pixie Belle Jewelry website or stop by 3128 Collective!


      2. Lulie Wallace Lunch Boxes | LaRoque

Lulie Wallace is an artist from Charleston, SC and she has incorporated her floral designs onto these adorable tin lunchboxes. They are perfect for your little girl so she can take her lunch to school in style.  To purchase these, stop by LaRoque, located at 2700 Devine St. in Columbia where you can also find other beautiful items for the fashion lover in your life.

  1. Travertine Pillows

With a timeless design and modern function you can't go wrong with a beautiful Travertine pillow or two. These would be the perfect...

The art shopping experience can be confusing and oh so stressful if you don't know what you are looking for. Shoppers often go into a store and say "I like that picture," buy it and never find the right place for it in their home. (Anyone else have rogue art laying around at their house?!)

Some shoppers take the opposite approach to find art, they see the space lacking color at home and set out to find the perfect piece to fill it. This turns into weeks of indecisiveness and stress, but buying art should not be stressful at all. 

We have FOUR locations all over North and South Carolina that can help you find the perfect piece of art!

More

Ten Local Christmas Gift Ideas:

Christmas is only 7 weekends away. Can y’all believe it?

Your shopping time is limited- so to help you we’ve combined a list of 10 of our favorite gift items for the 2016 Christmas season from a few local businesses in the Columbia area!

  1. Gold Circle Earrings| Pixie Belle Jewelry

These earrings are one of a kind as they are handcrafted here in Columbia! These are made with 14k gold fill and could pair so well with any outfit! To purchase these earrings or to see other jewelry that’s available this holiday season, be sure to visit the Pixie Belle Jewelry website or stop by 3128 Collective!


      2. Lulie Wallace Lunch Boxes | LaRoque

Lulie Wallace is an artist from Charleston, SC and she has incorporated her floral designs onto these adorable tin lunchboxes. They are perfect for your little girl so she can take her lunch to school in style.  To purchase these, stop by LaRoque, located at 2700 Devine St. in Columbia where you can also find other beautiful items for the fashion lover in your life.

  1. Travertine Pillows

With a timeless design and modern function you can't go wrong with a beautiful Travertine pillow or two. These would be the perfect...

Working in the art business has taught us one definite thing: Art can be displayed in more than one way and look phenomenal. Gallery walls are one way to display multiple pieces of art in an organized fashion. We recently put up a gallery wall in a local Columbia shop and it turned out exactly how we envisioned- Organized and Stunning. 

If you are new to our blog or new to the art world, you most likely haven't formulated a gallery wall before. We pulled together the best tips we have for creating the flawless gallery wall and hope to inspire you to create an art collaboration in your very own home.

More

Christenberry Collection, founded by Meredith Christenberry, is committed to giving back to the community through not-for-profit months. Meredith thought through many avenues of giving back to her community before deciding to make a percentage of sales each month go toward a cause and group that is making the world a better place.

Art brings beauty to our homes and passion to our days, but it can also be an avenue for supporting organizations that support our community. Having a home is a luxury that not all Americans have. Children especially are burdened during this difficult circumstance, and Project Night Night has a heart to help children in need of a sense of home.

More

Ten Local Christmas Gift Ideas:

Christmas is only 7 weekends away. Can y’all believe it?

Your shopping time is limited- so to help you we’ve combined a list of 10 of our favorite gift items for the 2016 Christmas season from a few local businesses in the Columbia area!

  1. Gold Circle Earrings| Pixie Belle Jewelry

These earrings are one of a kind as they are handcrafted here in Columbia! These are made with 14k gold fill and could pair so well with any outfit! To purchase these earrings or to see other jewelry that’s available this holiday season, be sure to visit the Pixie Belle Jewelry website or stop by 3128 Collective!


      2. Lulie Wallace Lunch Boxes | LaRoque

Lulie Wallace is an artist from Charleston, SC and she has incorporated her floral designs onto these adorable tin lunchboxes. They are perfect for your little girl so she can take her lunch to school in style.  To purchase these, stop by LaRoque, located at 2700 Devine St. in Columbia where you can also find other beautiful items for the fashion lover in your life.

  1. Travertine Pillows

With a timeless design and modern function you can't go wrong with a beautiful Travertine pillow or two. These would be the perfect...

The art shopping experience can be confusing and oh so stressful if you don't know what you are looking for. Shoppers often go into a store and say "I like that picture," buy it and never find the right place for it in their home. (Anyone else have rogue art laying around at their house?!)

Some shoppers take the opposite approach to find art, they see the space lacking color at home and set out to find the perfect piece to fill it. This turns into weeks of indecisiveness and stress, but buying art should not be stressful at all. 

We have FOUR locations all over North and South Carolina that can help you find the perfect piece of art!

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Molly Wright is an East-coast artist who creates art that is both abstract and realism. She lives in Huntersville, NC with her family and paints almost everyday. Molly has two sons and a daughter who have given her three grandchildren and we are so glad she is a part of the Christenberry Collection Team. 

Christenberry Collection | Molly Wright

Molly is an acrylic artist, but this has not always been her main focus. Five years ago her mother needed a caregiver and Molly found herself traveling often to be available for her mom and family. Oil painting materials are more complicated to travel with and dry at a very slow pace, which led her to focus more on acrylics. Today, Molly focuses solely on acrylics and has mastered the medium:

Christenberry Collection | Molly Wright

We all know the process of becoming an artist takes a lot of hardwork and determination, and Molly is no exception. She has vivid memories as a child in kindergarten painting at an easel and feeling like it was the only comfortable part of her day. This feeling of comfort did not elude her in high school, but rather grew into her future career. 

Christenberry Collection | Molly Wright

We asked Molly why art is important for our society and she said "I think Art is a personal expression of the artist.  Each artist/piece of...

Announcing a new series at Christenberry Collection is one of the most exciting parts of the business. When you purchase a piece of art from a series, you are purchasing a passionate story.

Kym De Los Reyes is a Christenberry Collection artist who is launching a new series this month: Soft Coast Designs

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Ten Local Christmas Gift Ideas:

Christmas is only 7 weekends away. Can y’all believe it?

Your shopping time is limited- so to help you we’ve combined a list of 10 of our favorite gift items for the 2016 Christmas season from a few local businesses in the Columbia area!

  1. Gold Circle Earrings| Pixie Belle Jewelry

These earrings are one of a kind as they are handcrafted here in Columbia! These are made with 14k gold fill and could pair so well with any outfit! To purchase these earrings or to see other jewelry that’s available this holiday season, be sure to visit the Pixie Belle Jewelry website or stop by 3128 Collective!


      2. Lulie Wallace Lunch Boxes | LaRoque

Lulie Wallace is an artist from Charleston, SC and she has incorporated her floral designs onto these adorable tin lunchboxes. They are perfect for your little girl so she can take her lunch to school in style.  To purchase these, stop by LaRoque, located at 2700 Devine St. in Columbia where you can also find other beautiful items for the fashion lover in your life.

  1. Travertine Pillows

With a timeless design and modern function you can't go wrong with a beautiful Travertine pillow or two. These would be the perfect...

Lauren Neville is a Christenberry Collection artist who loves color and unique details for her paintings. This month we are highlighting Lauren and sharing her take on art, inspiration, and upcoming summer collaborations.

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Ten Local Christmas Gift Ideas:

Christmas is only 7 weekends away. Can y’all believe it?

Your shopping time is limited- so to help you we’ve combined a list of 10 of our favorite gift items for the 2016 Christmas season from a few local businesses in the Columbia area!

  1. Gold Circle Earrings| Pixie Belle Jewelry

These earrings are one of a kind as they are handcrafted here in Columbia! These are made with 14k gold fill and could pair so well with any outfit! To purchase these earrings or to see other jewelry that’s available this holiday season, be sure to visit the Pixie Belle Jewelry website or stop by 3128 Collective!


      2. Lulie Wallace Lunch Boxes | LaRoque

Lulie Wallace is an artist from Charleston, SC and she has incorporated her floral designs onto these adorable tin lunchboxes. They are perfect for your little girl so she can take her lunch to school in style.  To purchase these, stop by LaRoque, located at 2700 Devine St. in Columbia where you can also find other beautiful items for the fashion lover in your life.

  1. Travertine Pillows

With a timeless design and modern function you can't go wrong with a beautiful Travertine pillow or two. These would be the perfect...

Celebrating Mother's Day is never quite enough. How can one single day show what our mom means to us?! Moms deserve a private island filled with wonderful flowers and endless chocolate by the sea. Islands, however, are not always in our budget.

What if we didn't have to break the bank for a Mother's Day gift that reminds mom why we are the favorite child?! What if we could be the favorite child every year and give a gift that will last a lifetime? 

Art. The answer is art. Art allows us to show personality and creativity in gift giving. 

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Ten Local Christmas Gift Ideas:

Christmas is only 7 weekends away. Can y’all believe it?

Your shopping time is limited- so to help you we’ve combined a list of 10 of our favorite gift items for the 2016 Christmas season from a few local businesses in the Columbia area!

  1. Gold Circle Earrings| Pixie Belle Jewelry

These earrings are one of a kind as they are handcrafted here in Columbia! These are made with 14k gold fill and could pair so well with any outfit! To purchase these earrings or to see other jewelry that’s available this holiday season, be sure to visit the Pixie Belle Jewelry website or stop by 3128 Collective!


      2. Lulie Wallace Lunch Boxes | LaRoque

Lulie Wallace is an artist from Charleston, SC and she has incorporated her floral designs onto these adorable tin lunchboxes. They are perfect for your little girl so she can take her lunch to school in style.  To purchase these, stop by LaRoque, located at 2700 Devine St. in Columbia where you can also find other beautiful items for the fashion lover in your life.

  1. Travertine Pillows

With a timeless design and modern function you can't go wrong with a beautiful Travertine pillow or two. These would be the perfect...

How to Arrange Art

  • "People have a tendency to hang art too high," says Linda Crisolo, Art.com director of merchandising. "The center of the image should be at eye level." In living rooms, people are usually sitting, so artwork should be lower. A good way to ensure you're placing artwork at the right height is to hang it one hand width above the sofa.
  • A common problem when hanging artwork above a sofa or sideboard is that it's not in scale. Having pieces that are too small or too large will make the whole arrangement look strange. "Make sure artwork is at least two-thirds the size of the sofa or sideboard," Crisolo says. "For example, a 9-foot-long sofa should have a 6-foot-wide expanse of art above it."
  • In the bedroom, choose personal art, such as family photographs or your own photography. If you're arranging the pieces in groupings, Crisolo recommends sticking with one color theme, either all black-and-white or all color photographs.
  • "Above a mantel or fireplace is the perfect place to layer pieces," Crisolo says. "A house looks like a home when you can see layers of artwork and accessories."
  • In the kitchen, hang art in a place where it won't get damaged by water or heat. Consider placing art above an office space, near the dining table, or above open counter space. Crisolo also recommends avoiding kitchen art in the kitchen. "I tend to shy away from pictures of asparagus in the kitchen," she says. "Vintage art with traditional frames works in a traditional kitchen. In a modern kitchen, try bright colors with stainless-steel frames."
  • A symmetrical arrangement creates a striking and simple focal point. All-white frames and mats unify this grouping. "I like to use the same frames to create homogeny," says Crisolo.
  • When deciding where to hang images in your home, consider the wall space available and the arrangement of the room. "Use small pieces between windows and doors," Crisolo says. "If small items are in a space too large, the pieces look lost. With larger pieces, allow room for people to step back and admire the work."
  • Artwork collaborates with other accessories and decor to create a visual story. Make sure images, moldings, and shelves all work together. "Hang artwork in front of a bookcase, on the face of the shelf," Crisolo says. "The shelves and ledges become part of a decorating story."
  • Make sure your arrangement matches your decorating style. "Symmetrical arrangements are more traditional or formal. Asymmetrical is modern," Crisolo says. "Also look at the image and style of the frame. For cottage-style rooms, stick with vintage images or botanicals. In modern rooms, choose large and abstract pieces."