Monday, April 27, 2020

How to arrange wall art

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If you are not sure how high to hang the painted art on your walls, you are not alone. These tips offer useful ideas and designer secrets to get the best look when hanging artwork.

Hang a picture at eye level
You may have heard that you should hang the artwork so the center of the picture is at eye level. This tip sounds simple until you think that eye level for you may not be eye level for other people in your household. It also does not take into account the walls of the gallery, the artworks hanging above the furniture, or the frames of, particularly large wall art or small sizes. For the average person, the suggestion to hang the picture within 60 to 65 inches from the ground is a good guideline, but this is by no means a hard-and-fast rule.  

Consider How Art Relates to Everything Around It
A better approach is to weigh several different factors to determine the appropriate height of the painting. Think about the canvas wall art you hang and its relationship with the surroundings. Whether you hang a framed picture on a sofa, on a stairway wall, or in an entryway, each of these spaces has unique considerations.

Here are more tips for hanging artworks at home:
Hallways and entryways:  Will you mostly be standing in the room? If so, it may make sense to hang the artwork above the center of the 60-65 inch starting point, especially if the ceiling is tall.
Room with seats: In the room where you generally sit (dining room, family room, or office), hang the photo in a lower position so that you can enjoy at a lower viewing angle. Sit in a chair and have someone lean the picture against the wall and move it up and down so you can evaluate the appearance.

Consider the size: the large canvas art hanging on the sofa or sideboard relates more easily when hung so the bottom of the frame is positioned  6 to 12 inches above the sofa back or tabletop. This won’t work, however, if your artwork is very small.  In that case, consider hanging it on a group of other objects, such as plates, mirrors, or decorative items.

Gallery wall: When dealing with a group of pictures or objects hanging on the wall, it should be regarded as a large picture, and the bottom of the entire group is associated with the furniture below it.

Vertical art: If you hang tall vertical wall art, panels, or posters, do the center rules apply? In this case, it is best to consider placing artwork so that the top third of the picture is close to the line of sight. However, the actual height of the workpiece will determine the best position on the wall. Again, ask someone to lift it high and low so that you can view the most suitable thing.

Small picture: What should I do if I hang a small picture? A small picture hanging on a large wall may look unbalanced. Look for narrow walls (such as the space between two doorways or windows), and consider hanging two or three small pictures on a vertical line. In this case, consider the center image as the center of the group.

Use template: If you are hanging artwork by yourself, cut the paper template to the size of each artwork, and then use the painter's tape to fix the paper cut on the wall. This allows you to choose to go back and see how the size of the artwork relates to your room and furniture. Move the template up and down to find the best position, and then hang the picture.

Rather than only going by the eye level rule, always view artwork in relation to a room’s furnishings. Take the time to try out various heights and locations before you punch holes in the wall for picture hooks.

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