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Don’t neglect the three-dimensional. Groupings of objects—like this one done by designer Laura Soskin—work better than a scattering.
(9) Edit what you own. “People have a hard time detaching from things they loved previously,” LaConte says. “They’ll have great new furniture but old poster art or old tchotckes. Stay fresh; get rid of things that are old and dated.”
(10) Hang art at an appropriate height. Too many people hang art so high, it appears to be floating away. In general, the center of a piece of art—or of an arrangement—should be five and a half feet from the floor, Mann says. If pieces are small and finely detailed, make sure viewers can get close enough to appreciate them.
(11) Rotate your art every year or so. Your eye stops noticing the over-familiar. Plus, adds Trisha London, owner of the boutique Zella Brown (1444 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-276-1746), “when people have limited wall space, it’s nice to have the versatility to bring things in and out—until you have that giant dream home, where you can fill all the walls.”
Photography: Peter Perrodin