This One Decorating Trick Will Make Any Room Look Polished

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The biggest difference between a grown up's apartment or home and a twenty-something who is all over the map is art.  Sure every twenty-something has that Banksy coffee table book in their living room, but they don't really invest in it.  They put forward the minimal effort in quirky Taschen or Rizzoli books that make their place seem high brow, but the truth is it always falls a little short.

Here's What a Typical Twenty-Something's Apartment or Home Looks Like....

Now this is what the same room looks like with a touch of art.

1. Create a Theme or Mood

This is the top trick to making a room look cohesive.  Without a color scheme, theme or mood board to guide it, it'll often look all over the place.

Try botanical prints for a gallery wall like this chic bedroom.

Try botanical prints for a gallery wall like this chic bedroom.

Keep it interesting with a simple color palate like this black and white gallery wall in the dining room.

Keep it interesting with a simple color palate like this black and white gallery wall in the dining room.

Coastal images like the ones in this living room will give it that beach cottage appeal.

Coastal images like the ones in this living room will give it that beach cottage appeal.

These gold framed portraits above an English sofa give this living room a sexy vibe without over indulging.

These gold framed portraits above an English sofa give this living room a sexy vibe without over indulging.

Your art doesn't have to match the curtains or furniture.  In fact, choosing complimentary colors can bring out the beauty of neutral and colorful tones.

Your art doesn't have to match the curtains or furniture.  In fact, choosing complimentary colors can bring out the beauty of neutral and colorful tones.

2. When Less is More

While the current trend is to overdo it no matter the space, I'm a firm believer that often times less is more.  One large piece can make a bigger statement than 50 small pieces.  The reason is simple: we're wired to look at the largest piece.  With too many small pieces, it can be hard to know where to focus.  The trick is to bring balance and harmony to the room with the art, not overwhelm it.

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3. Go Big or Go Home

Sometimes you'll have a lot of space to fill and one large piece just won't cut it.  Gallery walls are great as they allow you to fill up the space while showcasing your style.  Plus, small pieces of art are much cheaper so you can get more bang for your buck.

4. Use Dark Paint to Make Art Pop

There's a reason museums often display Cezanne and Degas on moody blue or green walls.  The wall color makes the art pop.  It takes a period piece from boring and ordinary to one that's hard to look away from.  

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5. Try a Combination of These Tips

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Which is your favorite way to hang art?  Tell us in the comments below.