The furniture is in place and accessorized. Now it is time to add the finishing touch to the blank walls with some lovely artwork. You have the art work and it is all framed and ready to adorn the abode’s walls. Now you will need to figure out the perfect spots to hang the artistic touches to the room.

Plan out how and where to hang your art pieces.

Browse décor magazines for inspiration on how artwork should look when properly presented in a room. The IKEA catalogue is also a good source to do research. IKEA has some well priced mirrors, prints, frames and mattes if you need any additional items.

IKEA wall of art

First gather all of the tools that you will need for your project:

  • a pencil with an eraser
  • a tape measure
  • note paper
  • picture hanging hooks
  • painters tape
  • brown craft paper or newspaper
  • a level

Art looks better when hung lower, rather than higher, even if you have tall ceilings.

An exception to this would be if you are adding art above a cabinet or door to raise the perception of height.

  • A rule to follow is to keep the center at around eye level. This means the average eye level of around 60 inches to 66 inches. If you are a tall person, than obviously you will be hanging your art lower than your own eye level in order to look good. If you are hanging over a sofa, table, or bed the piece or pieces should be no more than around 9 to 12 inches above the furniture, depending on the size or group.

Time to get hanging

You decide to hang your art so its center is at 62 inches above the floor.

  • First mark the wall with your pencil at 62 inches in the spot you would like to hang. Let’s say the frame measures 24 inches high by 36 inches wide. The center of this piece is 12 inches from the top and bottom. If your art is to be hung from a wire on the back, you will need to pull up the center of the wire towards the top of your art and measure from the top of the center peak of the wire to the center of the piece. If this measurement equals 6 inches then you will be adding 6 inches to the 62 inches that you marked on the wall. This means that you will be placing your picture hook at 68 inches in order to achieve the finished hanging height that you want. Some pieces have one or two hang bars instead of wire. In this case you will need to measure from the center of the piece up to the hang bar and add this to the 62 inches that you measured on the wall. For two hang bars you need to be very precise with your measuring in order for the art to be hung straight. Use your level and double check your measurements.

If you are hanging a grouping then you can first arrange the pieces on the floor to find a pattern you like.

Usually an odd number of pieces, such as 3, will look better than an even number. The pieces do not have to be symmetrical. Determine the center of your pattern. The center of the grouping will be hung at your decided height of 62 inches and you will work out, up, and down from there. If hanging a group over furniture you can start from the bottom and work your way up.

Want to be sure about how the artwork will be placed before hammering a hanger into the wall?

  • Use blue painter’s tape to place an outline of where you propose your picture frames to be hung. After you are sure that the location pleases you then you can hang the artwork with confidence.
  • Brown craft paper or newspaper can be used as mock artwork. Transfer the sizes of your art pieces onto the paper and cut them out, then place the cut-outs on the wall with tape where you would like the artwork to be hung. This will give you a great perspective on how your artwork will truly be viewed when hung on the wall.

Be adventurous. Do not be afraid to mix and match frames or textures. You can add a display shelf into your grouping for more interest. Your walls reflect you, so be proud of who you are and never be afraid to dance!

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When moving into your first home away from home such as a college dorm room or a first apartment, the decor is usually sparse depending on budget restraints. Bedding, towels, and necessary furnishings leave little left to add a personal decorating touch.

Posters can be a wonderful way to decorate the new abodes walls without a huge expense.

  • Posters can be purchased inexpensively at favorite museums, concerts, and places like IKEA.
  • Cut out framing and you have a beautiful accessory to dress the new home up with at a budget minded price.

You can now hang a poster in an attractive manner sans frame

Years ago dorm rooms were decorated with taped up posters. They added life but the tape gave the decor an immature look. There is now a very simple attractive device to hang posters on the walls.

  • Posterhanger, created by Jorgen Moller easily attaches to the top and bottom of your artwork, creating an elegant finished look. The hanger is made of aluminumin a choice of a silver or black finish, and comes in a huge range of sizes from 12 inches up to 72 inches wide. It hangs with one small nail for virtually no damage to walls.

Each set includes:

2 aluminum metal bars
6 plastic clips
4 black rubber end caps
1 nail

Clip

  • “Simply slip the included plastic clips onto the top and bottom edges of the poster.”

Slide

  • “Slide the aluminum bars onto the top and bottom of the poster. The clips provide the necessary grip. Black rubber plugs go into each end of the bar”.

Hang

  • “Using the included nail, simply hang the poster. The top bar has a hole in the back, which provides a perfectly balanced frame.”

Think beyond just posters

  • Be creative and use Posterhangers to hang photographs, children’s artwork, blueprints, and even screens of fabrics.

Have fun decorating your new abode. This is the first step to adulthood. Enjoy and never be afraid to dance.

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No matter how beautiful the furnishings may be, if the walls are blank your abode’s decor will appear unfinished. Artwork can be costly and posters can tend to give the room a college dorm appearance. Most people have the perfect items waiting to decorate their walls hidden away in attics, boxes, basements, and on digital files.

Photographs are wonderful for decorating the walls.

  • Create a gallery of photos to dress a stairwell wall or corridor.
  • Make a framed collage of photo memories to dress a wall.

Now there are more options than simply framing a photo to hang on the wall.

  • Techniques have been developed to print a photo onto a canvas creating the look of an artist’s oil painting.
  • Turn your photo into a piece of abstract art to dress the abode’s walls.
  • There are applications to transfer photos to acrylic and metals for a wonderful contemporary look for the decor.

Acrylic Pix will transfer your digital photos directly onto acrylic.

Images are printed directly onto acrylic giving the finished piece a shiny, clear, and 3 dimensional effect.

“The photo actually becomes life like and jumps out at you when hanging on the wall, it’s simply spectacular. What’s more amazing, a photo that only has 150 dpi will come out looking like a masterpiece.”

This method is not just for professional reproductions.

Imagine what that beautiful sunset that you captured would look like reproduced with this medium.

Customize your acrylic by choosing a number of image, hanging and display options.

  • Choose an acrylic with a one or two inch border
  • Have your black and white photo printed directly on black acrylic for a real 3d effect.

Not into acrylic, have your photos printed onto metal

  • Photos and digital art printed on brushed aluminum give a rich and artistic effect.

Acrylic Pix is unique in offering various hanging and display options.

  • The 2″ inch metal box gives the option of wrapping the image so it appear on the sides, like a gallery wrapped painting, or leave the edges displaying the brushed aluminum.
  • Choose the look where the metal panel will appear as if floating on the wall with the 1″ float option.

The goal of Acrylic Pix is to offer different large format printing mediums as well as novel hanging and display options at affordable prices. Check out their website for cool ideas and to get inspired.

Get the photos out of hiding and proudly display your memories as works of art. Have fun creating decor and never be afraid to dance!

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Easy lesson on how to hang artwork in the abode – National interior decorating | Examiner.com.

It is time to get the things up off the floor and table tops. Hooks make it easy to keep items neatly in place on walls or inside cabinet doors. Take command by having hooks for everyone in the household to keep their possessions, in order to maintain a beautiful and together décor.

Command Brand by 3M has an array of useful hooks in many sizes, finishes, and colors to be used in any room.

Attach a hook to a surface without harm with no holes to damage a wall; perfect for a rental or a dorm room.

General Hooks

  • “Enhance your décor and help control clutter by making use of valuable wall space. Available in a variety of styles, plastic hooks make it easy to organize and decorate your space from top to bottom. Hold items from 0.5 to 7.5 pounds, depending on product.”

Decorative Hooks

  • “Decorative hooks are available in bold colors and finishes that complement a variety of décors and include the timeless and accent brushed nickel hooks. For sophisticated style, arc hooks provide a sleek look while ball hooks are rubberized for extra grip. Hold items up to 3 pounds, depending on product.”

Metal Decorative Hooks

  • There are a variety of styles and finishes of metal hooks for the traditional and modern home. Hold items up to 5 pounds, depending on product.

Clear Hooks

  • “These new clear hooks, clips and organization products –complete with a transparent adhesive strip – blend seamlessly into walls and other surfaces providing endless decorating possibilities. Hold 0.5 to 2 pounds, depending on product.”

The hooks are perfect for décor upkeep

  • Keep the keys handy; hang clear hooks on the wall next to the door and they will blend into the painted surface.
  • The attractive decorative metal hooks are perfect for the foyer or entry; hang jackets and scarves neatly as you enter the abode.
  • Bathrobes and towels can be neatly hung on dorm walls.
  • Hooks and clips are the answer for holiday decorating; hang stockings, wreaths, and garland. They are easy to remove along with the décor after the holiday celebration.
  • Keep jewelry creatively organized and displayed as art hung on the walls.

3M has given me the opportunity to personally test their wonderful Command products.

 

  • Command is very easy to apply and remove.
  • Clean the surface first with rubbing alcohol and let dry.
  • Remove blue or red label liner on tape to attach to hook so that tab in easily accessible on bottom for future removal.
  • Then remove the black labeled liner on adhesive and attach to surface.
  • Press firmly for 30 seconds and wait 1 hour before use.
  • For easy removal simply hold the hook while you pull the tab straight down. Keep pulling until hook is released from the wall (Be prepared to pull the strip as much as 6 inches in order for it to liberate the hook).

3M has come to the rescue with their wonderful Command Brand products

There is truly a Command product for any application and need.

  • Hooks
  • Organizational Products
  • Cord Organization
  • Bath products
  • Picture and Frame Hangers

I am pleased to say that these products are a great invention and lend to creative organizing and decorating. All of the products are easily removable and reusable; simply purchase refill strips.

Command products are perfect for painted surfaces, tiled walls, wood etc. (Command states that this product should not be used on wall paper or vinyl covering).

Have fun hooking up the décor and never be afraid to dance!

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Artwork is what makes the abode your own. It is an expression of those who live there. Hanging artwork can be tricky. You need to make sure that it is hung level and straight and at the correct height. It is necessary to command perfection when hanging the artwork.

Traditional picture hooks place holes in a wall so it is necessary not to make mistakes when using these. If you live in a rental or dorm room you might not be allowed to mar a wall poking holes with traditional picture hooks.

Command Brand by 3M has the perfect picture and frame hangers to hang art, hole free, on the walls.

Now you can hang your artwork anywhere without worry of putting holes in the wall. Change artwork around often.

Picture Hanging Strips come in a variety of sizes to hang an array of artwork.

  • “Embellish your walls with framed prints, photos, plaques and crafts using picture hanging strips. Available in white and black with each set holding 1 to 4 pounds, depending on size.”

Picture Clips and Poster Strips are perfect for hanging lightweight items.

  • “Mount posters or secure lightweight items firmly to a variety of surfaces using poster strips. Hang photos, coupons, reminder notes and schedules on walls with picture clips.”

Sticky Nail Metal Hangers hold traditional frames that require more traditional types of picture hook hanging methods.

  • “Available in two designs, sticky nail metal hangers hold picture frames securely to walls and fit saw tooth, key hole, eyelet or wire frames. Sawtooth sticky nail metal hangers hold up to 5 pounds, and wire-backed sticky nail metal hangers hold up to 8 pounds.”

Keep the artwork in place.

  • “Frame stabilizer strips help keep pictures straight, eliminating crooked pictures on the wall.”

3M has given me the opportunity to personally test their wonderful Command products.

Command is very easy to apply and remove.

  • Clean the surface first with rubbing alcohol and let dry.
  • Remove blue or red label liner on tape to attach to hook so that tab in easily accessible on bottom for future removal.
  • Then remove the black labeled liner on adhesive and attach to surface.
  • Press firmly for 30 seconds and wait 1 hour before use.

    damage free art hanging on top of tiled backsplash

For easy removal simply hold the hook while you pull the tab straight down. Keep pulling until hook is released from the wall (Be prepared to pull the strip as much as 6 inches in order for it to liberate the hook).

3M has come to the rescue with their wonderful Command Brand products

There is truly a Command product for any application and need.

  • Hooks
  • Organizational Products
  • Cord Organization
  • Bath products
  • Picture and Frame Hangers

I am pleased to say that these products are a great invention and lend to creative organizing and decorating. All of the products are easily removable and reusable; simply purchase refill strips.

Command products are perfect for painted surfaces, tiled walls, wood etc. (Command states that this product should not be used on wall paper or vinyl covering).

Have fun beautifying your abode and never be afraid to dance!

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When questioning people on the most exasperating part of decorating a room most will say that the room needs finishing touches and they are not sure what direction to take.

Choosing art to adorn the walls ends up being very frustrating. There are many choices and styles. Are you looking for original paintings to invest in or are you on a tight budget and just want something you like and will be attractive hanging in your home?

Before running out in search of your new artwork, take time to plan

  • Do not buy art with the intention of turning a quick profit.
  • Where is the artwork being placed? Measure the space so you know what size pieces you are looking for. Keep within the color palette of your abode.
  • Do as much research in advance as possible. Take the time to study, compare and select.

Determine your budget.

When purchasing an unframed piece it is important to consider the cost of the frame. The frame can be very expensive in itself.

  • Watercolors need to be matted and must be behind glass as well.
  • Paintings on Canvases that are wrapped often have painted edges and do not need to be framed, saving you money. Be aware that the unframed pieces will add a contemporary or transitional aspect to your décor.

Determine what Painting style and medium you like.

Are you into Abstract Art, Impressionism Art, Realism Art, Expressionism Art, or Surrealism Art? There are many mediums including the most popular; Oil, Acrylic, and Watercolor.

Know the difference between an Original Oil or Acrylic Painting and a print.

These mediums should be framed without glass. To the untrained eye a print can be mistaken for an original.

An original painting usually has textured brush strokes, with rich and vibrant colors.

  • Original paintings usually have a rough surface and uneven paint on the sides of the stretched canvas.

A Print is a copy of the original painting. Also known as a reproduction. It usually has a flat image and lacks the true vibrant color of an original.

  • Prints generally have even edges where the novice buyer typically will not look.

Buying an original work of art should be an amazing experience for you as well as an investment opportunity.

When purchasing an Original piece ask for the Certificate of Authenticity (COA). This provides assurance and verifies the authenticity of the painting you have purchased. The COA is should be legitimate and come from the artist or a qualified dealer, agent or gallery.

Newer galleries are a good place to purchase for your collection.

Prices will be lower and more competitive. You will be helping the gallery with its start as well as supporting a young artist beginning a career. You will also have the opportunity to forge a new friendship that will enable you to be on the cutting edge of exciting gallery showings in the future.

When investing in Art the most important thing to consider is that you really are attracted to the piece and you want to show it off on your wall.

  • Have fun visiting galleries and looking at the artwork.
  • Speak to professionals in galleries about works you find interesting.
  • Find out background information on the artists.

Art Fairs are great to stroll through.

It is a nice day out in which you can mingle with the artists showing their works. It gives you the opportunity to see many styles and chat with the artists. Ask for business cards from the artists that you might want to pursue further.

Do not rush to buy a piece unless it is truly something you love and are really enticed by. Art is like a romance; if you are honestly not attracted entirely then the love will wane and you will ultimately become disenchanted with your purchase decision.

Read my article to learn how to hang your new artwork.

Enjoy your quest for your new love and never be afraid to dance!

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