Hanging wall art can get tricky at times, here are some tips I’ve found that really help when displaying wall art:
See an imaginary frame on the wall to guide you. Think within a frame and no matter the scale hang as many as you’d like. Make sure your pictures are in the corners of the imaginary frame so it looks organized and neat.
Also another option is to work with a bottom line to guide you, when looking at a large cluster of frame pictures. This will help you organize, so stick with a bottom line and then expand up and out.
When hanging on a stairway, think about a top-line to guide you. This will turn a dull stairway area into an exciting exhibition. Think of using a top line mainly on a stairway however you could use it anywhere to achieve a clean grouping of pictures.
Another great option when hanging wall art is to make a gallery by displaying them on shelving. This allows you to not have to poke too many holes in the wall & it’s easy to change up your art.
Make a scrapbook on your wall. Display items you love for example and mix pictures in different frames, hooks, letters, and sentimental items that inspire you. This will definitely create a personal, eclectic and charming feel to any room. I think a bedroom would be more appropriate when displaying personal items & treasures.
Display art in a unexpected area for example in a small section of wall space in any home or office.
• One thing I like to do is go to museums and buy prints, postcards or posters from my favorite artist at the gift shop. Next write down the measurements and buy the frames to match, this is a great way to have beautiful art in your home or office without having to spend a fortune.
• Try using a variety of different types of frames when hanging artwork. This looks collective and helps give the room more character. Also, I love the look of combining deep ornate styles mixed with sleek contemporary ones.
• Another option is sticking with the same colored frame instead of a variety of different frames, this is a more clean look to try.
Useful tools to use when hanging wall art:
It’s important when hanging art to use all the right tools. Here are a couple of tips I’ve learned to use along the way.
• Always try using “picture-hanging hooks” instead of heavy nails or screws. However they may not seem very sturdy or very secure. The hooks go into the wall at an angle instead of straight.
• Buy the right type of hooks for the artwork’s respective weight.
For example, a one-nail picture hook holds about 30 pounds or less. A two-nail picture hook holds about 50 pounds and a three-nail picture hook can hold 75-100 pounds.
• To be extra safe use two picture hooks per artwork / painting and it also helps keeping the art level.
• D-Strings are better to use rather then a wire for the back of frames to hang form hooks. A D-string helps keep the frame from swinging back and forth. The key is to keep everything stationary and level.
• A level & ruler is your best friend. This ensures you that the picture frames / d-strings are perfectly aligned so you don’t end up poking too many holes in the walls, that’s never fun!
When arranging wall art:
• If your hang a single picture be sure to have it about 60 inches off the ground. This is about standard eye level for hanging wall art.
• For a pair of frames they don’t necessarily have to be matching but should hang from the center point in between them 60 inches from the ground.
• When arranging multiple pieces, be sure not to think in terms of grid. Personally I think there is no right or wrong way to do it.
Try working your way from the middle and work outwards.
• When it comes to spacing a pair of artwork on the same wall, usually 2 1/2 inches works nicely in-between the pieces. This goes for spacing above, below and each side of the frames.
• I have found it is always helpful to have an assistant when hanging art. It’s nice having an extra set of eyes to make sure everything is level and proportional.
Lastly, remember to have fun when hanging wall art. Take chances and you could always take it down if it’s not working for you. If there’s too many holes in the wall try going to a hardware store and buy some spackeling to patch up the holes, sand it down and re-paint. No stress! It can always be fixed. Hope that helps!
Designer, April Force Pardoe
Blog-Live Like You
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