How to Determine Where to Hang Artwork (Part 1)
So you have some new art or a photo ready to hang on the wall, but you have no idea where it should go. Before you call us to hang it for you, here are some tips for hanging pictures to help you get organized before we head your way.
Don’t put horizontal items in vertical spaces and vice versa. We tried searching for an image to give you an idea of what this looks like, but you’re going to have to use your imagination because that is what Millennials refer to as an “epic fail.” So just imagine a very wide framed picture on a very narrow wall. Yeah, that…don’t do that.
When hanging multiple items on a wall, think of them as one unit rather than individual items. For example, if you wish to hang three related items, then hang them close together so they work as a group.
Hanging Pictures According to Architecture
Plan to hang items where there aren’t other architectural features such brick, columns, or built-in bookcases. In other words, keep your art and pictures for hanging away from architectural features so that neither (the art/photos nor the architecture) loses attention. Let the architecture be the feature art for that space, not new artwork. So choose places that are smooth and open surfaces from floor to ceiling. For example, above a chair rail is fine, but you don’t want to cover up a brick post.
Hang your art in areas that will be seen. You want visitors to see your artwork and photography so avoid hidden or out-of-the-way stairwells. If you need a family gallery of sorts, put that in a hidden stairwell. Hidden does not mean secret. It simply refers to visibility.
For more tips, see Part 2.