Create an Evolving Gallery Over the Sofa
Play around with arrangements on the floor before you hang. Start with a low center piece, then place your largest works on the ends to provide boundaries and visual weight. If you have pairs, keep them close to each other for unity. Line up the bottom edges of the display, and align the sides of the art to create crisp vertical columns of white space between the pieces. When you’re ready to move your plan to the wall, the bottom line should be about 10 inches from the top of the couch. Hang the lowest items first, starting in the center, then work your way up. Measure to leave two inches between the frames.
From left: Original India-ink drawing on paper, price upon request, samstill.com for info. Pen-and-pastel drawings (stacked) by Henri de Waroquier, $2,250 each, sentimentoantiques.com for info. Cup photos (in gilt frames), by Christine Rodin, $500 each, peninehart.com for info. The Feather Bed (below Cup photos), by Carin Riley, $1,000, 631-725-6260 for info. Waking (2007), by Jeremy Stenger, $6,000, hosfeltgallery.com for galleries.