Gen Yers:
Do use architecturally designed utility lamps (CB2 has these at good prices).
Don’t use brass lamps or traditional chandeliers.
Do use bottom-up shades.
Don’t use vertical blinds.
Because small works o f art, collections of smaller pieces, and montages all
distract the eye and are hard for viewers to assimilate quickly, choose art
from the largest pieces that you own. Large artwork creates continuity,
which makes a room easier to understand. If you don’t have any suitable
large pieces and if you can’t borrow, rent, or buy something affordable and
visually appropriate (I’m not suggesting you buy or borrow an expensive
original work for staging!), just leave the walls bare.
In hallways, hang art so that the middle of the picture is about 54
inches above the floor. Hallways are a great place to hang a series of art
pieces, as are bathrooms; in fact, in staging these two locations are really
the only suitable places for such collections. The presence of art can psy-
chologically enlarge a nd cheer up hallways and bathrooms, which often
need the help.
Generational Do’s and Don’ts for Choosing Artwork
Baby Boomers:
Do hang impressionist works, portraits, landscapes, nautical paintings,
maps, or horticultural prints.
Don’t hang retro posters or abstract art.

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