As for hanging your pieces: first view your freshly painted rooms with nothing hung on the walls. Visually divide up each hanging surface by centering the spot you will hang a piece and then deciding where mid eye level will fall ~ install a suitably large plain picture hook at the central spot remembering that you may wish to move your art around (or if you’re like me, you will expect to sell a piece and may replace it with one of a different size). For example, the Bill Reid silkscreen of the Grizzly that you see over my fireplace has recently replaced another piece. Remember that no place in your house is unsuitable for hanging a piece of art as long as it will be seen…… I know bathrooms can be nicely enhanced by a well chosen piece and there’s nothing to say that a laundry/mudroom won’t be improved by a little art too. The kitchen will also support some pieces.
Remember that small three dimensional decorative pieces enhance and sometimes give an edge to fine art and be sure to include some pieces. For example, my mid-century european glassware sitting on the mantel with the Bill Reid enhances with its brilliant toning colours and adds an air of lightness. Better by far than storing those spare vases in a cabinet.
The very large Youngfox hanging near the television is also enhanced by one of a kind ceramics that echo the colours and reflect the shapes used by the artist. The tv co-exists happily with the art and the ceramics.
I’m proud of my home, but also very aware that it is a modest middle class structure that I was able to make a little more outstanding by careful editing of furniture and decorative pieces. It is by no means a mega mansion, but by the spareness of competing pattern and colour it has a feeling of spaciousness and calm.