Does the art on your walls look out of place? Need a little help? Here are 5 tips on how to hang artwork like a pro.
Art is an objective thing but the way it is placed on the wall should not be. There are rules for hanging art that make it look cohesive and like it belongs in the room. Does the art on your walls look Hodge Podge? Many people don’t put much thought into hanging a piece of art and they place it on the wall wherever there is a space. Or they have their husband hang it at his six- foot eye level which is way too high. But there is hope! Here I give you 5 tips on how to arrange art like a pro.
As an art consultant and interior designer, I have hung a LOT of art in my day. For several years I worked for a major corporation that had 5 internal art galleries where I hung different art exhibits every eight weeks. And I still work as an art consultant, providing just the right art pieces for businesses and individuals. With all the art I have hung I fine-tuned my eye and skills for arranging art on the walls. With a little direction you can place art on your walls in a pleasing way that will show off your treasured pieces.
Here are 5 easy tips to hang artwork like a professional:
1. Do not hang art too high! Most people for some reason do this. As a rule of thumb hang art 56”-57” on center. This means that the center of the piece should be 56”-57” from the floor.
2. Big walls need big art! Either one large piece or a grouping of several smaller pieces. When a small piece is hung alone on a larger wall it just looks lost.
3. Let the size of the wall dictate the art. Here are four examples that show various arrangements that are dictated by the shape of the wall.
4. Like art (same sizes and framing) look best when they are hung symmetrically. Spacing them equal distances between each piece, which should not be more than 2-6” apart.
5. Different size art should be arranged asymmetrically in a grouping. Keeping them close together, just a couple inches apart is important. Start with the largest piece in the center of the composition. It helps if you can lay the pieces out on the floor first where you can experiment with the placement.
Also keep it simple when hanging multiples. It looks best to keep framing the same and simple. I prefer a square edge clean line black frame. If you are going to hang one large piece use a frame that has a thickness that is appropriate for the size of the piece, and you can have more flexibility in the type of frame that is used for single larger pieces.
Try out these 5 tips on how to hang artwork like a pro and I think you will be happy with the way art looks on your walls.
If you have any questions, please send me a reply and I will be happy to help you in any way I can.
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