Hanging artwork

How to hang artwork

Including artwork in your décor can not only brighten the walls or create a focal point but also personalize the space. Whether an original painting, a reproduction, or a thrift store find, artwork is a valuable addition to your home if it brings you joy and represents who you are, says Misty Adair, interior design consultant for Spark Interiors. She suggests the following tips for hanging artwork in your home:

Height:   The general rule used by galleries and decorators is to hang artwork with the center point of the piece at 57 inches above the floor. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule. Sometimes artwork can be hung lower to take advantage of the viewer’s eye level. For example, in a dining room, where viewers are most often seated, pictures might be hung with a center point closer to 48 inches above the floor.

Proportion:   For more interest, large walls should be filled with a proportioned grouping of images and objects rather than one big piece in the middle. Use narrow wall spaces or random niches to showcase special, smaller-scaled pictures. Also, artwork should not hover too far above a sofa, mantel, or credenza. Generally, the bottom of the picture frame should be 5 to 10 inches above the top of the furniture.

Groupings:   A group of works can be mounted in a grid or symmetrical pattern if the image sizes are similar and the measuring is very accurate. However, asymmetrical groupings are easier because only the overall composition of the group needs to be balanced. Begin with a medium-sized picture placed at the 57 inches center point and work out from there, creating a general shape with the overall grouping.

Bonus Tips:

  • Mark a spot on the wall with chalk, which wipes off easily.
  • Place sticky pads on the lower back corners of the frame to hold it still.
  • Trace your pictures and cut the shapes from butcher paper to tape on the wall before committing to a grouping.

Misty suggests www.ApartmentTherapy.com for multiple articles on hanging and grouping art, including “How To Hang Your Artwork and Not Screw It Up.”

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