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Ten Tips for Artistic Oil Painting Arrangements

Arranging your art on your wallsExpress your creativity, and add sophistication to your wall – mix framed oil paintings in creative ways. Like fine ingredients in a fabulous meal, individual works of art can be combined to produce tantalizing wall décor arrangements.

The following is a list of ten well established practices for assembling great displays that turn your ordinary wall into something special…

  1. Balance – No matter what desired effect you wish your art to convey, successful art displays all have one thing in common: a cohesive balance of order, color and scale.
  2. Offset large art with small. Grouping small works of art together with a single large art piece brings to life the arrangement.
  3. Pay attention to the spacing between objects. The spacing should be even among all the pieces. Leave a bigger gap between oil paintings to let each piece be appreciated on its own. For a collage, the unity of the works is key, group the paintings closer together.
  4. Experiment with balance. Play around with different combinations of small and large works of art. As long as it’s symmetrical and well aligned you can just go with what you like best.
  5. Unity – A display can be made up of very different elements; an arrangement can still work as long as there’s a unifying thread, an idea that relates the works to each other.
  6. Choose a subject, theme or color. Subjects such as Nature or Travel are highly popular these days. It can be any theme as long as it links the paintings to each other. I like to create groupings by artists, group four Van Gogh paintings or three Mark Rothko art reproductions together transcends the power of their art and brings to life their unique styles and techniques.
  7. Use matching frames. Matching frames are a must in linking the different art pieces together in a smooth, cohesive way.
  8. Impact – Balance and unity are always important, but for a display to truly knock them off their feet, it needs to have an impact. Experiment with the arrangement, and look for ways to create drama in your display.
  9. Odd numbers of framed oil paintings create the most pleasing effect. Start off by placing the central piece at eye level or slightly above on the wall, and then expand your display outward from there.
  10. Use wall ledges. Ledges provide a blank canvas where you can layer the artwork so that one frame slightly overlaps the other. This technique puts the focus on the display as a whole, rather than on any individual work of art. 

These ten tips are just a few guidelines that you should keep in mind in preparation on your next decorating endeavor. Hope these tips help you out to create fabulous wall arrangements that will bring light and beauty into your homes.

About the Author

Amitai Sasson of is an art world traveler on a mission to seek out the beauty and passion of the art world. As an avid enthusiast of art and oil paintings, he contributes to as Chief editor and writer.