You have several pieces of art you’ve collected along the way and rather than put up a single lonely piece of art, you’re feeling the urge to create a whole wall of art. Think about those cold and dingy hallways that allow you to move from room to room. The untapped potential for a gallery wall of art is… well, exciting and something you can do. Continue reading
You’ve decided to tackle the blank walls in your space and give them some personality ~ your personality!
There are so many things you can do to walls with lighting, tapestries, art and even painting them a colour that makes you happy. Today, though I’m going to discuss the best tricks for hanging art.
ART HANGING ABOVE NO FURNITURE
If you are hanging a single piece of art without any furniture below, the general rule is to hang the piece 60″H (or approximate eye level) and centred within the space.
If there are multiple frames stacked on top of one another, measure all the frames as a whole and mount them 60″H from the centre of the whole to the floor.
Stick to this rule no matter what your own height is.
ART HANGING ABOVE FURNITURE
The art and furniture needs to feel like a cohesive single piece and visually connected as a whole.
The bottom of the frame should be mounted between 6″ – 10″ about the top of the furniture.
If the piece looks like it’s hung way too low, it’s likely too small for the furniture item and you need to size up.
GENERAL TIPS TO FOLLOW:
Edit ~ Resist the urge to hang every piece of art you own. Hang only your most cherished.
Protect ~ Sunlight will fade art. Also keep your pieces away from heat and humidity.
Light ~ Add lighting to make your art a focus in the space. Use low wattage, not too close or LED light bulbs which don’t get hot. See https://www.lucydesign.co/a-light-education/for more on lighting.
First, the goal is to have the art be the focus, not the wall. The walls are the backdrop to everything else in the room especially your art! Even if you’re hanging a single piece of art on a large wall , its role remains the backdrop.
5 Steps To Follow:
- Begin by considering the whole room, furnishings, the flooring, the amount of natural light and the mood you’re wanting to create.
- Art tends to “talk” to other works of art, and you don’t want to miss that conversation ~ the same goes for furnishings. Find connections between the pieces perhaps by colour, theme, frames or style.
- If you want to showcase a piece of art, paint the trim, baseboards and doors the same colour as the walls. It’s a good trick.
- If you are showcasing bold graphic pieces, a backdrop that provides contrast is preferable. This could mean using pure white or a severe wall colour like Benjamin Moore Soot 2129-20 is a fantastic contrast!
- Lastly, think about the paint finish. Flat finish offers the least reflection followed by matte, eggshell and gloss. Flat is easier to touch up if you move your art around a lot.