I've noticed over the past couple of years that more and more designers have started to do "groupings" that complement the area that the pieces are placed, and I really like it. This way, things are not only placed on the wall for people to look at and admire, but they are placed in a way that makes you want to look closer. Here are some examples:
I like how the drawing and small painting in this photo are squeezed in -- so cozy!
And now, for my own wall:
And, just for kicks, I'm giving you the breakdown:
1. artwork from a thrift store. I always rescue artwork from thrift stores because I know that someone put a lot of time and effort into it at some point, so it makes me sad that anyone would give it away for free! Karma points for me.
2. frame that only holds one photo on the bottom (it's us on our honeymoon, one of the few framed photos in our house), because I like the empty pink space above it (goes with the color scheme)
3. rough (unframed) artwork I made in college in a screenprinting class. It's a transfer of a horse with bright red ink filling the background. I think it says "neigh!" next to it.
4. a drawing that Jordan's 5-year-old brother made for us. I think it's of their mom's house and them.
5. Another piece of art I made in college. It's a print of two horses that was made from an etching I did in a zinc plate.
6. a nude charcoal drawing from college; life drawing class. My favorite class I took. Ever.
7. the back of an empty frame. The back is more visually appealing to me since it's old and worn. I like it empty, too.
8. a "wing" that I recently got at a shop in Senoia, Georgia. My mommy got it for me.
9. A framed postcard I did with watercolors. It says something, but it's kind of silly so I hung it upside down.
Your thoughts? Do you prefer evenly spaced, balanced groupings, or do you like the mish-mash? Do tell!