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In the media lounge of this Lincoln Park residence, designer Kara Mann maximized the impact of ten small paintings by the same artist by grouping them over a daybed. She added texture to the display by using a variety of off-white frames
(6) Create a group from small pieces. Scattering small pieces around a room can diffuse their impact, says Chicago-based interior designer Kara Mann (Kara Mann Design, 312-893-7550). Instead, create the feeling of a larger installation by hanging them together.
(7) Keep frames and mats simple. Get rid of ornate, gilt frames, even around traditional pieces. Soskin points out that a clean-lined frame and a neutral-toned mat give a fresh edge to classic art and are unlikely to detract from the piece. If you’re trying to mix different styles within the same palette, take the pieces to a good framer for advice on getting the pieces to play well together.
(8) Opt for neutral furniture. Blending a bold sofa with eye-popping art requires a practiced eye. Choosing furnishings with clean lines, muted colors, and subtle patterns creates less room for decorating errors while keeping the focus on the art and giving you more flexibility to swap out pieces.
Photography: Peter Perrodin