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.
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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