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Getting The Hang Of It

posted by Bonnie @ 11:13 AM
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

You have a beautiful sitting area in your home and you’ve just purchased new artwork to dress up the room. Easy as this sounds, it is a very challenging project. Hanging the artwork at the right height, ensuring it is straight and avoiding the “extra” holes in the wall from the project can be challenging.

Using templates is the easiest way to hang artwork. Simply trace the outside of your frame onto paper or cardboard and use painters tape to temporarily attach the template to the wall. This way you can play with the placement and get a clear picture of the finished product. This works really well if there are multiple pieces to be arranged. This allows you to step back and take in the entire view rather than lean back with one hand holding the frame in place while eyeballing the placement from an angle.

Once you are happy with the placement, hang the actual frames one at a time and remove your template in the process.

It isn’t essential to have a wall stud behind each piece of artwork, as there are different metal and plastic anchors that can be used to stabilize the hanger. You should certainly try to locate a wall stud for very heavy items though.

Keep these pointers in mind when you hang your art.

  • Always hang pictures at eye level.
  • When hanging artwork over a sofa, leave only a few inches to make the picture the focal point.
  • Don’t put one small picture on a large wall, or a large picture on a small wall. Keep scale in mind.
  • If you hang a picture over a piece of furniture (table, chair or settee) the length of the artwork should not be longer than the width of the piece of furniture below it.
  • Coordinate colors in your artwork to your current decor.
  • Illuminate the artwork with an up-light, tastefully done with a tiffany style torchiere floor lamp
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