The American actor, Harvey Fierstein, wasn't exaggerating when he said 'art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire and motivate'. It's no surprise, then, that most of us are keen to pepper the walls of our homes with it. From prints of the great classical oil paintings to locally sourced amateur photography, hanging pictures is an easy way to add a splash of personality to your interior design.
However, once you've chosen the right images and had them framed tastefully, there remains the problem of how to hang them. Here are a few simple home design-hanging tips that can help you get the most from your artwork.
Keep heights consistent
Whether you choose to hang a hundred pictures around your home or just a few, one of the keys to successful home decor is consistency. This is particularly important when it comes to height.
1.45m (about 57 inches) is a commonly recommended height. This sits the picture just below eye level for most people, and breaks up a clean wall fairly evenly. Of course, you'll need to make slight adjustments in areas where you're hanging numerous pictures in a vertical arrangement.
Judge by the centre of the image
When lining artwork up, many people make the mistake of arranging them by the edge of the frame. This is all well and good if you're using identically sized frames, but you'll run into problems the minute you try to introduce some variety.
Hanging pictures should instead be done from the centre of the image, meaning all of your favourite images will be at the same eye level.
Consider your lighting
What use is hanging pictures if they only look good at certain times of day? In order to get the most from your wall decoration, you'll need to pay attention to lighting. Where natural light is insufficient, make use of light bulbs and picture lights to brighten up your artwork.
Hang pictures in sets
Hanging pictures well isn't just a question of lining up the frames. You'll also need to make smart decisions when it comes to grouping images. Be sure to match pictures with similar themes and media.
Your Rembrandt print might be beautiful, but it's never going to look right next to your holiday pictures from last summer. Context is key to successful home design.
Spread your artwork evenly
As mentioned above, the number of pictures you hang isn't important. A minimalist home design can be just as effective as stuffing your walls with fine art. What's important is that your images are spread evenly throughout your home, rather than concentrated in just one or two areas.
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