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Decorating Tip: Frame Small Prints with Large Mats

KidsHaus prints
I am always coming across little bits of wonderful art. Sometimes colorful postcards or cool greeting cards, sometimes quirky little snapshots, and sometimes (often times) great small-scale prints or drawings that I stumble upon online. (Hmm, perhaps I also need to do a post about my favorite web sources for inexpensive artwork…)

But I often wonder, what is the best way to showcase these little lovelies? I think there are a few good options:

1. Find a small bit of wall that begs for a small bit of art (between two windows or two doorways, perhaps).

2. Create a cluster or a gallery. There is strength in numbers.

3. Add an extra-large mat.

I love this last idea because it lets the artwork shine, while keeping it from getting lost in a space. Plus it’s easy, inexpensive, and looks very, very sweet. The vintage-inspired, notecard-sized prints from KidsHaus shown above are incredibly cute, and could easily hold their own side by side over a crib or a wide dresser, thanks to smart matting and framing.

Try the same method with any of these:

Hillary Bird Print

We Rule the World 5×7 print by Hillary Bird

Shannon Sawtelle print

Shannon Sawtelle 4×6 print at Little Paper Planes

John Derian Postcard

Writing Desk 4×6 postcard from John Derian

Photos: KidsHaus, Hillary Bird, Shannon Sawtelle, John Derian

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