A question that I frequently hear from clients is how to hang artwork properly. There are some simple guidelines to ensure the proper balance that you can follow. These guidelines will help you to create a look that you will be happy with viewing in your home.
Suggestions for successfully hanging artwork:
- Pick a theme – Group like pictures; for example, colorful florals, black and white photos, landscapes, or people pieces can be grouped.
- Frames and mats – Use frames similar in color or matching. If using mats, use the same color mats for all the pieces.
- Plan the size – If using over a piece of furniture, the piece or the grouping should not extend over what it hangs over. Use one large piece or create a large piece by grouping smaller artwork or treasures together.
Too often, I find that clients want to display all their family photos, and there are too many. I refer to this as eye clutter, and it can be challenging as the eye doesn’t discern what it’s viewing. My recommendation is to pick a few photos that you love and feature them, changing them out periodically using the same photo color scheme.
A beautiful example of using same-themed pieces in same-colored frames and mats:
Understanding the size of artwork required in a space is worth researching. I can’t tell you the number of times I walk into a home and see a small piece hanging over an over-sized couch. This example shows a beautifully scaled item over a couch:
If you don’t have a large item big enough to fit behind your couch, use multiple items with the same mat, and frame color to create the look of a large piece:
The same concept can work with treasured items where you blend similar colors with pieces of artwork or framed mirrors. My suggestion is first to measure the space that you are trying to fill. Next, using painter’s tape that can easily be removed, frame that size out on your kitchen floor. After you have created the outline, lay the pieces out, allowing a 2-3” variance around each piece to create the gallery presentation. Snap a picture of the final layout on the floor to ensure you have a copy of your plan that you can reference. The next step is copying to your wall.