How to Decorate Your Walls with Portraits

Enchanting portraits add personality to these rooms


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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