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Bigger Isn't Always Better When It Comes to Art

12/16/2013 05:25 EST | Updated 02/15/2014 05:59 EST

Many art buyers, both first time and otherwise, have the sentiment that they need a large piece for a specific large space. The request usually goes like this: "What I'm looking for, is a large piece of art for over my sofa/mantel/console in the dining room."

Footnote: There may be another request that it be "red" or "really colourful" or "abstract", followed by a quick look at the iPhone with the picture of said space. Maybe a quick perusal of the purse which contains a paint chip, or a swatch of fabric that graces the room in question.

My response in a nutshell: "Stop designing your own art!" And "no matching allowed!"

But back to the request that it be "large" in size. OK, I get it. The wall is large and you'd like to fill it with a fabulous piece of art.

In support of small-scale artworks, consider these tips for making smaller artworks work in that large space.

1. Smaller pieces, when grouped together, can have just as much impact as a large piece of art.

2. Smaller pieces are more versatile because they can be hung together, or stand on their own. They can be easily moved around when you want to re-hang your art. Often when a work of art is moved around to a new room or context, it takes on a new vibe. It can be appreciated in a totally different way (which is almost like having a new piece of art!).

3. Buying smaller pieces of art is less of a psychological and financial commitment.

4. Smaller pieces create more warmth in a space and make a home feel lived in and eclectic.

5. If you do move to a smaller home, you can always find a spot for that smaller piece of art, but it may be hard to relocate that 6'x8' painting you bought.

6. You can collect smaller artworks over time and keep adding to your groupings. Hence, don't hesitate to buy that piece you loved on your vacation; it can be easily added to the collection. This creates a more eclectic look.

7. You can create more interest in your space by creating "vignettes" using your art and furniture, or by placing smaller works in a bookshelf, or leaning on a mantel.

Ultimately, having a variety of artwork in your collection is not only welcomed, but always encouraged. Finding those precious works and placing them side by side on a wall in a random but "cohesive" and balanced way adds charm and personality to a home.

For tips on how to hang all of your smalls on that one large wall, usually referred to as "salon-style" as well as ideas on how to create interesting "vignettes" in your rooms, stay tuned for our next blog post. Get your hammer ready.