How to Decorate Your Walls with Portraits

Enchanting portraits add personality to these rooms

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Some of the most captivating paintings in the world are portraits—think Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Jan Van Eyck’s Portrait of a Man, or Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. Both powerful and intimate, such character studies can add intrigue or a particular ambience to any space in your home. If you have a portrait you’d like to use as a focal point—be it a historic figure, a famous ancestor, or even a self-portrait—it’s important to consider placement as well as the framing of the piece and the materials, colors, and textures that surround it. From a romantic living room in Florida to an elegant stairwell in France, these spaces from the AD archives offer gorgeous examples of portraits used to stunning effect.

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