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Is Having A Lot of Artwork Hang On My Wall Considered Clutter?

Question: I am in the process of hanging up artwork and photographs in my new home. I love them all and envision filling one entire wall with all of them or would that be considered clutter? 


A big part of Feng Shui encourages clientele to express themselves. There are always core Feng Shui guidelines, yet as you become comfortable with understanding how the principles work, you can bend and shape them to your needs. 


A few Feng Shui Tips to Consider While Configuring the Composition of Your Wall Art: 

  • What is the subject matter? Do they bring a smile to your heart? Do they trigger happy memories? Or are you just putting them up to fill in space. With everything in Feng Shui (especially when addressing your home), you want to make sure the objects and imagery you select have meaning to you.


  • When arranging the artwork and photographs, be sure the overall composition has a balanced feeling. 


  • When you choose to arrange artwork in this way, be mindful as not to overly stimulate the conscious and unconscious minds. If that happens, it could create a feeling of confusion or even agitation which begins to border 'clutter.' From a Feng Shui perspective this word could refer to a persons mindset or energy level. 


  • If the wall is going to be busy with various imagery, then consider allowing the rest of that particular area of your home or room to be more simple. This is balancing the Yin (calm) and Yang (active) energies. 

I personally feel, it's not clutter if you have a very specific intent behind why and how your are arranging your wall of art. And this display could be something that requires time to create, which is just fine. 

Explore these Feng Shui Tips on your own to see what is best for you.


Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times. 


Comment balloon 6 commentsLaura Cerrano • October 28 2016 12:31PM


'Clutter' is a subjective term - What I see as clutter, you may see as order and visa-versa... 
Each person has the grand opportunity to decorate their home in a way that makes them feel welcomed and comfortable.  
I have very few items on my walls - again, that's my personal decorating style...
Thank you for sharing - 

Posted by Maria Sapio, Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com (Keller Williams of Central PA) over 2 years ago

Hi Laura... I love figuring out how and where to hang pictures on my walls and have often helped clients with the process as well. One thing I've found is that most people hang their pictures too high on a wall.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) over 2 years ago

Laura, I had a friend that had a wall full of expensive art. It was a bit overwhelming and I felt you could not enjoy the art as there was so much. To sell the house, she removed all but one large work of art over the fireplace.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) over 2 years ago

Thank you very much for sharing your advice on the display of artwork.

Have a lovely weekend.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 2 years ago

Good morning Laura. This is a great story. I have a great deal of art of every type on most of my walls. These pieces give me joy and bring me peace too.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 2 years ago

Whether it is on the wall or anywhere else, it is considered clutter, if it is a distraction from viewing the home for a purchase.

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) over 2 years ago

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