When I bought my first house one of the hardest parts of decorating for me was figuring out how to hang my photos and art. Isn’t figuring out the correct spacing on walls kind of intimidating sometimes? Plus, what do you do when you hate an awkwardly-shaped bare wall but can’t figure out how to best accessorize it? Fortunately, by my third house, I had it down pat! So you can, too! I’ve learned lots of professional art arranging tips from my sister (she’s an interior designer in Los Angeles!). I’m going to tell you everything I know! Keep reading for more.
First, Create A Gameplan
Wait! Don’t get out the hammer…at least not yet! Before you even touch one, I recommend planning out your designs first. To do so, trace your picture frames on a sheet of craft paper and cut out. Use tape to hang the cut tracings and plan out your designs. Every designer needs a gameplan!
For Over The Sofa
Over the sofa is the best place to create a gallery wall. When arranging art over your sofa start off with one focal piece (the largest, most dominant art piece) and arrange smaller pieces around it. Don’t be afraid to hang the pieces both outward and upward over the focal piece. Designers should keep in mind that it’s considered best to only use similar images (frame color, tone, etc.) in any gallery wall! The center piece of artwork should always be hung at eye level.
Oddly Shaped Frames ROCK
Not only do oddly shaped frames (think tons of ovals) create lots of visual interest, but they help to fill up any awkward spaces when creating a gallery.
Sometimes, Centering Your Art Isn’t Best
I know, it sounds counter-intuitive but just hear me out! If you have a gorgeous light fixture hanging on one end of your sofa (or your bed, or your wall, whatever!) hanging the artwork in the center might make things look a little crowded. Instead, try hanging your artwork on the opposite side of your light fixture. Balance is key in all things interior design!
Off The Wall
For a unique idea, take your artwork OFF the wall! Place it on your mantle, inside an empty fireplace, or in an old China Hutch. I’ve even displayed art on an antique chair before!Before my sister recommended it, I had never even considered this tip for arranging art!
For The Small Spaces…
Small pieces of art are absolutely ideal for small spaces. It seems super obvious but I always used to stress about where to put those smaller items. Not anymore.
Fake Your Crown Molding
Yep, with artwork! To make a tall room seem more intimate, hang your similarly framed artwork in a perfectly straight line (no spaces!) a foot or so below your ceiling. Make sure the frames are totally level with one another for this home decor hack!
Scale Is Important, Too
The scale of your artwork to your wall space and furniture is another one of those tricky things to figure out. Fortunately, I know this great tip: always make sure that your artwork is two thirds the size of whatever it’s hanging over.
For The Kitchen…
Though it might be tempting, try to shy away from hanging your artwork in a place where they could get damp or wet in the kitchen. Instead, hang them above open counters or dining tables for the best results.
Keep The Feel Of Your Room In Mind
Is your room more modern or rustic? When hanging artwork in modern rooms, go for big, asymmetrical, abstract pieces that make a statement. When designing around more of a rustic space, use vintage frames and elaborate designs.