What you take away is often as important as what you add. Create a clean slate by removing stickers, unframed posters and mirrors before hanging new artwork in your child's room. This allows you — and your child — to consider the space afresh and determine what you both want to see on his or her walls every day.
Power in Multiples
How you hang is as important as what you hang. Instead of just hanging one picture, think about the visual impact of a collection. Maybe it's a grouping of Alice in Wonderland vintage prints, covers of old children's books or your favorite Andy Warhol superstar portraits. Whatever it is, it's more impressive in a grouping — no matter the size of the wall.
All Grown Up
Choose pieces of wall art that will grow with your child, and remember that it doesn't have to always be childish to be appropriate. In fact, look to the masters such as Pablo Picasso, Georgia O'Keefe, Andy Warhol, Vincent Van Gogh, who have a juvenile-like spirit in much of their work. Their use of bold color, shape and whimsy will surely captivate kids and bring a special sophistication to walls that you can't find anywhere else.
By hanging your artwork with creativity and imagination, you infuse your personality into the pieces. Paint one wall an accent color that can act as a secondary frame around a piece of artwork. Fill a narrow wall with floor-to-ceiling pictures of different sizes and/or frames. Or, consider no frames at all! Many bold images, especially ones that are canvas-based or digitally printed on archival photographic paper, can look like one-of-a-kind paintings when hung without frames.
Let your child choose his or her artwork with you, and talk about what you like and what you don't. Saving selections to a personal gallery doesn't cost a thing! Then, see how your final choices look in the room. Art.com provides a cool application called "View in Room" to do just this.
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