If you are like me, when you find the perfect piece of art you can’t wait to see it up on the wall. Unfortunately, sometimes getting it there can take the fun out of it. This weeks Q + A is all about hanging art. Hanging art can be smooth process when you keep a few simple guidelines in mind.
Q: What’s a good place to start when hanging a piece of art?
A: A simple rule of thumb is to hang art at eye level. This equates to 57-60 inches high. A common mistake is hanging art to high. When you hang the center of the art at eye level it coordinates well with the other elements in the room like lighting, furniture and rugs. Art greets you at eye level.
Q: How do I hang art correctly on the first try?
A: A trick I like to use is mocking up the wall with paper before I actually start hanging. I measure, place paper and even drill holes through the paper before I hang the artwork. No one likes a bunch of unnecessary holes in the wall from measuring wrong and nailing too soon. If you have a friend who can hold the artwork up and mark it will a pencil that is a great option too. Otherwise, a paper mockup works great.
Q: I have a large, bare wall I need to fill with art. What would you suggest?
A: Larger wall spaces can be filled well with a series of art or photos. When you are doing a grouping of photos, the spacing between the photos can be about 2 or more inches apart. The gallery wall in the master bedroom above is a good example of filling a whole wall space with art. Each photo is about 2″ apart. Now a bare wall has become a highlight in the space.
Q: How do I hang art securely?
A: Most art work can be hung with a nail or picture hanger. Picture hangers are conveniently made to angle the nail correctly when you hammer them in. For larger art, you can use a pair of picture hangers. If the art is heavy it’s smart to use a stud finder and nail into the stud. If the spacing of the stud doesn’t work for centering your artwork, you can use a a hollow wall anchor for support. Also, when hammering in a nail, always do it at a steep, 45 degree, angle for the most support.
TIP: Use artwork as a distraction. If there is something your not in love with, say an older bathtub, use a large statement piece of art to distract the eye and make the space more appealing. Artwork draws the eye upward and can create a new focus in a space.
I hope you have enjoyed this weeks Q+A on hanging art. Please continue to leave comments with your questions. I look forward to choosing one every week to focus on. Have a wonderful Monday!