This past weekend I made another guest appearance on Swedish television network TV4 where I shared some easy tips on how to hang art.
Here is my top 10 tips for hanging art:
- Hang art that is in harmony with the rest of your furniture. You want to use the art to enhance your room and what it hangs above.
- Hang art in pairs or groupings. Art usually has more impact when it´s hung in a pair or a group unless the piece is so large that it can carry the whole wall.
- If you´re unsure about the space in between each piece of art… double the width of your frame. For instance, if your frames are 2 cm wide, make the space in between each picture 4 cm.
- In general, most pieces should hang in eye-level. If you had to pull up a chair to reach, you´ve aimed too high.
- Think about each piece in the group. They should relate either by subject or color.
- Don´t forget about proportions. The arrangement should occupy about 2/3 of the wall above the furniture. Be careful not to hang outside the width of the piece of furniture below.
- Don´t be afraid to hang art low. Place a small piece of art approximately 30 – 35 cm. above the table. Don´t worry if the lamp on the table covers part of the frame. It´s all about layering.
- Use a group of pictures to expand your space. Hang stacks of art on either side of a narrow piece of furniture to make the space seem wider.
- Hang items other than traditional art. Display collections of things you like. If you love hats, display them in a group on the wall.
- Most importantly: hang pieces you love. Don´t focus on trends, you´ll tire of it too quickly. Go with things you love and want to surround yourself with.
Bonus tip: Before you put the nails in the wall, start by tracing each picture onto brown kraft paper and tape each piece up to the wall and play around with the arrangement until you are happy. Once you like the look of the grouping, you can hang them up. Easy as pie!