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Stylist Secrets | Installing a Gallery Wall

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Stylist Secrets | Installing a Gallery Wall
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Whether you collect vintage oil paintings, sketches, photographs or lithographs, it's always a bit intimidating to commit to an arrangement on your wall.  We've got a few fool-proof tips and tricks to help you get it right the first time. 
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For a large piece of art, center the piece at eye level.  The center of the photograph or painting should be approximately 60" from the floor.  
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If you have two large pieces of art, treat them as a single piece by positioning them 2-3 inches apart, and centering them at eye level as you would one large piece of art.
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If you're lucky enough to have a large collection of photographs, sketches or paintings, and a long uninterrupted wall, line the top edges of your art pieces up at the top, and let the bottoms of the frames create a lovely negative space on your wall.  This arrangement works best when the largest piece of art is centered at eye level and roughly in the center of the arrangement.  
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If you have an architectural element to work with such as a door or a fireplace, don't be afraid to work your arrangement around it.  The trick is to keep the spacing between the art pieces about 2-3" and the margin around the fireplace or door about the same.  If you don't have a piece of furniture positioned on the wall, take your arrangement all the way to the floor.  
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If you have a collection of small paintings, photographs, sketches or lithographs, make them work as one single piece of art by creating a spine down the center of your arrangement with the largest pieces of art.  Then allow the smaller pieces to radiate out from the spine.  

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