How to Hang Art
Do you ever thumb your way through interior design magazines and marvel at how art is displayed? It looks easy enough, but when it comes to trying to recreate the look at home, it can be tricky. Here are a few pointers to help get your home gallery-ready. Size and Scale The wrong size art in a room will throw everything off. So try and ensure your scale is right. A rookie move is to hang a too-small piece in a room. If your piece isn’t the right size, try grouping a few pieces together to get the right scale. You also want to ensure pieces are hung at eye level. Most galleries hang their art at about 58 inches from the ground. That means, in general, the centre of the artwork should be at that height. To get the placement just right, you’ll need to some math: Measure the distance between the wire and the top of the frame, and measure the height of the art and divide it in half. Measure 58 inches on the wall, add the measurement of half the art’s height and subtract the distance between the wire and the top of the frame. The nail will go the nail here. The 58 inch, or gallery-height guide, also works for well for picture ledges. Cluster Clustering or grouping pieces on the wall is another way to get the impact and scale you need. I especially love the look of clustered Juju feather headdresses and baskets hung on the wall. Salon style is a great way to make a statement. A good rule of thumb is to hang the largest piece in the middle, at eye level, and build out. It’s okay if it’s not symmetrical it’s okay if your frames are all mis-matched, in fact that’s generally preferable. You want to achieve an effortlessly chic display of favourite paintings, pictures and prints. The grid is a great way to make a bold statement. In this case all frames should match and each should be spaced 2 to 3 inches apart from one another. The grid works to give you the scale of a singular piece of art but allows admirers to focus in on each one. When measuring to hang a grid, lay out the frames on the floor first. You’ll need to use the measurement of the full display to map out where each piece is going. Keep Your Audience in Mind Furniture hung in children’s spaces should be at their eye level. Likewise, if you’re hanging art in a room where visitors are likely to be seated, you’ll want to take this perspective into account. Art in living and dining rooms can often be hung lower. Have fun with your art! It’s meant to be admired!