No traditional art? No problem. These days artwork doesn’t have to be traditional, like on a painted canvas. If you’re looking for some alternatives, here are some of our top Design Recipes tips.


• Frame interesting mixed media elements, such as paper.

• Use black-and-white photography.

• Consider artwork that makes a statement such as an unusual or interesting print or image.

• Use mirrors, especially in smaller spaces. Mirrors can be a low-cost alternative.

• Use oversized prints to make a bold and dramatic decor statement.


• Mix personal photos with artwork. Instead place personal photos in special areas and have specific walls designated for artwork.

• Mix too many pieces of artwork in the same room. It is best to choose a color palette for a space and select complementary artwork.

• Forget black and white are colors and great to use in a space.

• Use artwork that is too large or too small in a particular space. Be sure to use artwork of the appropriate size and scale.

• Hang artwork too high or too low. The proper height is eye level, which measures as 5 feet from the floor to the center of the piece of art.

  Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at or visit her website at .


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