Your home is an expression of who you are, and the way you hang art can convey your personality and unique sense of style. These 5 tips will help you put the finishing touches on the atmosphere you're creating.
Prevent unnecessary holes in your walls by experimenting with layouts before hanging. Cut patterns from paper bags or butcher paper to the size of your frames.
Configure your layout and tape your patterns to the wall to see how it looks in relation to everything else in the room. Hang your art over the patterns and simply tear them out from behind, after hanging.
Consider your audience. Kids or adults? Standing or sitting?
Hang art so the center point is at eye level - about 5 ½ feet from the floor on average. Or engage viewers from a sitting perspective to create a casual, intimate atmosphere in kitchens, offices, or any room.
Trust your eye to what looks best.
If you have multiple pieces, think of a grouping as one unit. If you want to emphasize the overall composition, hang your pieces closely together. This is especially important for small pieces. Use identical frames (ie: all gold) to create unity for unrelated images.
If you have an odd number of pieces, consider hanging them in a row and in a stack for an even number of pieces.
If you want each piece to be viewed separately, leave larger spaces between works.
When hanging art above furniture, avoid the illusory effect of art floating off the wall from placement that's too high
Instead, hang art no more than 6 inches above the furniture. Relate the scale of the art to the scale of the furniture. As a general rule, don't extend the piece or your grouping beyond 75% of your furniture's width.
Art placement can express either a formal or casual look. Use a symmetrical arrangement for a balanced, formal look. An asymmetrical grouping is great for a casual look. Sconces and mirrors can enhance your arrangement and add greater interest to either style.
Once you decide on placement, mark the top of the frame on the wall.
Next, measure the distance from the top of the frame to the top of the tightly pulled hanging wire or hooks.
Apply that measurement to the mark on the wall. This is where you'll put your wall hooks.
You may want to use two hooks for larger prints. If so, please follow steps 4 and 5.
Measure the distance from hook to hook, now divide that in two, and make your second pencil mark the center. If the distance was 12", place the 6" mark on your pencil dot, and make another mark at 0" and one at 12"
Now you have the placement for both of your hanging hooks. Simply nail in your hooks and hang!
For professional results, use a level with a ruled edge to hang your art evenly and securely.