Hanging artwork baffles many people. How high should a picture be hung on the wall, what color should the matting be, and how can you decide what goes where?
In general, artwork should be hung so that the center point of the picture or grouping is at about eye level for the average person. While this won't be possible in every situation, it's a good guideline to keep in mind.
Another technique to remember is that a grouping of pictures should be thought of as one unit. Test an arrangement of pictures by laying everything out on a large table (or on the floor), playing with combinations until you hit upon one that works. Laying them out on paper is even better since you'll be able to trace around each object and determine where picture hangers should be installed. Tape the paper up on the wall as a template for picture hangers and you'll be done in no time.
You can also lay out pieces of scrap molding (or tape) onto the floor to form the "outside" boundaries of a picture grouping -- the measurements within which the smaller pieces of art will be set. This is useful when a particular wall has certain boundaries that must be observed (such as a chair rail, windows, heating vents, and the like) and helps keep your arrangement the proper size.
Evaluate the artwork in your own home. You may find ways to accomplish an "art makeover" to better showcase your artwork.
These are some tips that might help get the process started…or at least inspire you!
Relate art to Wall Size
Choose smaller pictures for narrow walls and larger works for big wall spaces.
Relate art to Furniture Size
In general, when choosing art for over a piece of furniture it should not be longer than the width of the furniture.
Light art Well
Illuminating artwork gives it importance. A well-lit piece of artwork gives the room a designed feel and offers additional indirect lighting to the space.
Vibrant colors bring excitement to a room while neutral colors are more calming. Color can be added with selecting the perfect matting option that correlates with the room color.
Bigger is often Better
One large painting makes a statement and keeps things simple. It can also call attention to a focal point in the room such as a fireplace or a bed.
- Horizontal Lines
Strong horizontal lines in artwork, or in the way artwork is framed or hung, tend to be calming and can give the illusion of width in a narrow room.
- Vertical Lines
Strong vertical lines – in a picture, in a frame, or in the arrangement on the wall – add to the feeling of height in a room. This can also add to the drama of a space.
- Symmetrical Arrangements
Symmetry adds balance and formality to an arrangement and is generally pleasing and calming to the observer.
- Asymmetrical Arrangements
Do something unexpected by hanging pictures in an asymmetrical arrangement.
- Make a Box
Two horizontally framed pictures can easily be hung with two vertically framed pictures by offsetting each style.
- Collect Themes
A group of pictures framed alike and hung together can have big impact. Use this random technique for hanging a collection in a contemporary space. In your own home you might also consider more traditional collections of items such as movie posters, Ansel Adams prints, or Georgia O'Keefe florals.
- Matt Colors
Pictures will have greater impact if matted in a contrasting color to the wall. Choose a dark mat for a light wall and vice versa.
Hopefully you found these tips to be of help, but, as always, if you get stuck, or just need some help, I am only a phone call away!