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Hanging Original Art?

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Hanging Original Art?

 Can it “cheapen” the original art of a finely tuned interior design. Here are a few tips on what to buy,

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It’s good to see more and more people write about original fine art and murals and the differences between prints and the $5.00 crap you find in department stores. Many were just running rampant and buying this stuff because the colors and/or frames match the decor. This can really “cheapen” the look of a finely tuned interior design.

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Take those huge wall stickers that they call murals. My opinion is they take a beautiful well done Interior Design and ruin it by throwing a digital copy of a high res picture of a huge flower or something that does not happen with Mother Nature. Some clients spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on their Interior Designers Professional experience. To have something like that pasted on the wall would be a total insult and “slap in the face”. I would surely fire the ID if he/or she would think they could pull that one off just to fill the void without discussing it with me first.

However, calling on an artist to render an actual hand-painted authentic mural and/or a piece of original art shows real class. Even limited edition prints have their place but certainly not hanging next to something you paid $5.00 for at Wall-Mart (trust me it shows). It appears as a second thought and surely insults the artist to work even if it is a print. There are many things that must be taken into account when building an art wall. For example, you wouldn’t take a $50,000 hand painted family portrait and hang a snapshot of the day you spent at Wally World, would you?

Of course, the thought of Wally World and an overblown wall sticker and $5.00 pictures from Wal-Mart probably could make for interesting interior design, but that would be a totally different discussion. It would be an interesting discussion to have in one of the Forums of the membership site. (just don’t forget the wine lol)

Hmmmmm. Anything is possible with the right budget

Hanging original Art really is an art form in itself. It should be handled by a professional as they know how to handle the work and are insured and/or bonded to do so.

When an art gallery is hung for an opening or a show the work is not just randomly placed on the walls by a bunch of high school kids working a summer job.

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The Artists Gallery of Marco Island at The Esplanade 239 784 4436 or 847 867 8870

Although some times it does look that way, as I have juried a few of them myself that didn’t make sense at all. You would be surprised at how many don’t even know the difference between a gallery wrapped canvas and just a stretched canvas. One does not call for framing while the other does. Many paintings are rejected by galleries just for that reason. I have seen so much of this recently and can not figure how they (Interior Designers) get away with it.

For the most part, in my opinion, I think it may be one of many reasons of why the art market is having this slow period for sales these days.  I recently found this blog post written

by Hillary Tuttle of Stellers Gallery that made some very good points.

Step-by-Step Guide to Hanging Art


  1. Measure the distance between the wire at full tension (B) and the top of the frame (A). See the image below.

  2. Measure the height of your frame (C) and divide the result in half.
  3. From the floor, measure up the wall to 58″ (average eye-level) and make a pencil mark.
  4. From the mark, measure upward the distance recorded in step 2 and make a second light pencil mark (E).
  5. From this mark, measure downward the distance recorded in step 1 (D).


Place nail and hanger here. Make sure that the bottom of your hanger is resting on the line when you hammer your nail in, rather than the nail point. This is where your wire will rest (on the crook of the hanger).

If you would like to read more on hanging art you can find more reference to this article by using the link I left below.

Step by Step Guide to hanging Art

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