Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Hanging Art 101

Hope everyone had a great weekend. I thought I'd share this helpful art-hanging guide with y'all.

copy via Pier 1

•Start by tracing each object’s outline onto scrap paper. Tape the cut-out pieces of paper to the wall, experimenting and re-arranging to see what composition works best.

•Don’t space objects too far apart—the width of your hand is a good guide.

•It’s usually best to place the largest object near the center, then work outward.

•Hang the largest pieces at eye-level (about 63-66 inches above the floor).

•For a unified look, choose items that incorporate the same color, frame style or subject matter.

Tips for hanging one large piece.

•Small items work best in small areas—a narrow wall or cozy reading corner.

•Shop your hardware store for picture-hanging kits. And, if you’re hanging something heavy, know the weight since you need to choose hooks based on the item’s size.

• Your new best friend? A level. Whether you choose a laser level or the traditional box version, this is the best way to make sure your frame is even.

• Keep it in proportion. When hanging artwork over a piece of furniture, make sure the art is not wider than the piece underneath it. Also, leave no more than 6 inches of wall space between the furniture and art.

• Vertical or horizontal? The decision might be dictated by your desire to create height or to widen and elongate a space. But generally, vertical arrangements appear formal and dramatic while horizontal hangings feel more casual.

• Maybe you don’t need to hang it. Leaning artwork against the wall is a classic studio look and allows you to move objects around whenever you want.

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Maryam in Marrakesh said...

Loved this round up! I am about to embark on a framing and hanging bonanza myself!

Kerry said...

Good tips and photos! Must remember the paper cut-outs next time. [Only thing I would add would be to have your husband do the hanging -- I suck at it.] ;)

Paris Hotel Boutique said...

I just discovered your blog. It's fabulous!

Love all of the photos you chose. Hmmm...now I am inspired to do a little rearranging of art. I especially love the photo from Flickr with the black head among the photos. I wonder where that is from. Have you seen it before. Looks great mixing up the art.

thanks again for the great post!


libraloves said...

This entry was exactly what I was looking for! I have an apartment full of empty walls and I am trying to decide how to fill up the space with photos and frames. I do the paper arranging trick too - it works great.

ashley@decorology said...

Sorry so late getting back to you - the photo is from Domino - get more info here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mavieenrose/1307446354/



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