Apr 17, 2021

Tips for Hanging Up Wall Art

Wall art, such as paintings, photographs, drawings, and prints, greatly enhance a room with color and style. Deciding how to arrange wall art in your home can be a challenging task, but there are several tips and tricks to help you achieve a polished and aesthetically pleasing look.

Plan the Look
It’s important to plan out your art arrangement before your start hammering nails into the wall. This can be done with digital tools or kraft paper.

In terms of digital tools, some interior design apps allow you to visualise an art piece on your wall before purchasing it. They use augmented reality technology to show you how a piece will look on your wall through your phone.

Cutting out kraft paper is another great method for planning your look. Simply cut out different pieces of kraft paper that correspond to the sizes of your art pieces. Then, using paint-safe tape, stick the pieces of paper to the wall to see what arrangements work best. Using this technique, you can experiment with different layouts and spacing options to decide on the best way to hang up your art pieces.

Get Out the Tape Measurer
There are several easy measurements you can make to ensure your art looks well-placed. For example, average eye level is around 57-60 inches above the ground. Make sure the middle of a painting sits at this height so viewers can see it clearly.

It often looks stylish to place several large pieces above a couch or console table. To do so, make sure that the art only spans ⅔ the width of the furniture piece below.

For a tight look, hang multiple art pieces around 3-4 inches apart. For a more spaced-out feel, hang them 5-6 inches apart.

Choose a Style
There are many ways to arrange art pieces on a wall. When you’re deciding on the perfect way to incorporate art into your interior, it helps to choose between a symmetrical or asymmetrical look.

Symmetry is achieved through a window-like display. You can place identically-sized and framed pieces in a grid, in which they are evenly spaced. Lining up two pieces side-by-side creates a diptych, and lining up three creates a triptych.

Asymmetry is achieved by hanging pieces that aren’t perfectly lined up or by including a variety of art shapes and styles. In a gallery wall, you can hang up a variety of art pieces, mixing photography, painting, and other mediums.

Create Unity and Balance
Maintaining visual balance is one of the most difficult aspects of arranging wall art, but it’s also one of the most important.

To maintain visual balance in a linear row of art pieces, line up the middle of the pieces.

To keep a complex gallery wall balanced, envision a line down the center of the wall. As you hang up different pieces, step back now and again to ensure you place the same amount of small and large pieces on both the left and right of that line.

Though it’s always best to arrange art in the way that feels right to you, these pointers will guide you and help display art in a way that compliments your existing decor and reflects your personal style. 


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