grouping modern art

As if choosing, placing and hanging a single piece of modern art weren’t challenging enough, what about a grouping of art. Yet one of the most interesting ways of displaying modern art is in groupings. If you have never yet had the courage to design a grouping of artworks why not try it next time you re-design or re-decorate a room or move house; it can create a truly unique design statement in a room. Art groupings can be used in large or small spaces and they can be symmetrical or asymmetrical depending on your personal taste.

While some people love symmetrical groupings, it is not a requirement to create a beautifully displayed modern art collection. It will certainly add balance to an arrangement, but symmetry also adds an element of formality to the feel of the room. The predictable placement of art is also quite calming but for a fun, casual feel, asymmetry will be more effective.

Insider tip: Always treat a modern art group as one large piece for placement purposes.

Groupings of art should complement each other in scale as well as frame style. Framing doesn’t need to match but should stay within a style. For instance, a traditional home would look best with framing in that style, even though the frames can differ within the traditional style. And if you have several unframed canvases their impact will be greater when grouped together. Avoid grouping framed and unframed art together as they generally will not complement each other.

A grouping is a great way of displaying the modern art you already have and one idea of how you can put it together is called a “mosaic hang”. This type of modern art arrangement is perfect for an architectural niche and uses art works of various sizes.

Start by lining up the outside pieces for a consistent square or rectangular outer edge and then fill in the remaining space. The spacing will become irregular as you get towards the middle but it works because the edges form a regular shape. A mosaic arrangement can create a really dramatic modern art wall for either canvas art or framed art.

Depending on the wall space you have available and, of course, the art itself there are several other ways of grouping your modern art collection and a full e-guide on professional art layouts (including images) is available FREE by clicking here.

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