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Selecting Art that Goes Together

Okay, so you've picked one piece of art you love. How do you find other pieces that will complement it and create a cohesive look?

We've put together a few tips below, but they're just a starting point. If the only thing the pieces you choose have in common is that you adore them, we think that's just peachy (see: rule number one).


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Similar style: Pick pieces in a similar décor style or art style. Think several geometric abstracts, an array of works from your favorite Impressionists, or a collection of stark, modern photographs.

Pictured, left to right: Bailey, Sea Through II, Benjamin Arnot, String Theory II, Leslie Saris, Channels II, Benjamin Deal, Advancement I.



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Similar colors: Pick one to three colors, and pick artwork in a variety of styles with strong elements in those colors. Or, think about a color characteristic to carry through all the pieces in a room—like all brights, all black-and-whites, all sandy neutrals.

Pictured, clockwise: Laura Gunn, Calla Lily on Deep Red I, Judy Paul, Rural Stamp I, Darvin Jones, Nomanclature III.



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Similar subjects: So, you love flowers? Make that the common theme, and pick floral images from a variety of artists. Don't be afraid to mix mediums, styles and eras.

Pictured: Vincent van Gogh, Skull with Burning Cigarette.



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Same series: Artists often create series of similar or related works. Sticking to pieces within a particular series is a sure-fire method of creating cohesion.

Pictured: Sia Aryai, Adagio I, Sia Aryai, Adagio II, Sia Aryai, Adagio III.



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Same presentation: Try selecting a variety of art in the same size, and presenting it on the same substrate and in the same frame. This approach can be especially impactful with artwork displayed as a grouping.

Pictured: Allyson Korwitz, Coconut; Allyson Krowitz, Distinct Microstructure I.



About Nichele:



Nichele is the Director of Merchandising at Gallery Direct. A style and design junkie, Nichele spends most of her free time poring over design blogs and daydreaming about DIY projects. She also enjoys yoga, theatre, educational television and snuggling with her mini-Schnauzer, Pablo.