Rotating art

Rotating art can freshen up a room

How often should I rotate the art or photos on my walls?

As often as you like. Art and photos are very personal to most people, so why not rotate your inventory? Adding some seasonal pieces to your collection gives you a great reason to change the look and feel of your room.

The most important reason for rotating your art or photos is light. If you have work exposed to direct light, either natural or artificial, it will fade over time. There are glazing products (special glass or acrylic) that protect against light, but these can protect only to their specifications. Moving works that are in direct light to an area that has less light is always a good idea.

Another reason to rotate art or photos is to create a new look in a room or the entire house. Grouping similar-themed works on a large wall is a nice look. Flanking a large mirror or piece of art with smaller ones can help fill voids. Sometimes, salon-style grouping, with multiple sizes and various themes, is the perfect look for a particular wall.

Do you change the layout of your furniture often? If so, you should take down all of the artwork and photos when you move the furniture. Then look at the room with fresh eyes, deciding what should go back, and where, to fit the changed floor plan of the room.

Ultimately, there is no right or wrong time to rotate artwork. Just as art is in the eye of the beholder, the display of the art is up to the lucky owner of the piece.

Thomas Stone, owner of JLP Fine Art & Custom Framing Galleries, has locations at 2360 W. Joppa Road in Green Spring Station, 410-337-8490, and at 2406 N. Charles St. in Charles Village, 410-243-7368. To reach the shop online, go to

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