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Design Tips For Hanging Art

Hanging art can be a tricky task, and one that many people struggle with. Whilst reconfiguring my room this week I decided to shake up my art arrangement in my own home. This triggered my idea for this week’s blog- ‘How to hang art in your home’.

There are a few things you need to know when hanging artwork around your home. So continue reading for some helpful tips and tricks, along with some inspiration images to turn your home from ordinary to extra ordinary.

One of the first and fore-most things you need to remember when hanging artwork in your home is to hang it at an appropriate level. The focal point of an artwork is generally bests set at approximately 5’4” to 5’6” from the finished floor height. So approximately eye height. That way you can appreciate the piece just that little bit more.

One of the things that people tend to forget when decorating a room with artwork is that each wall is going to be different, so don’t get too caught up in the measurements side of it all. Just remember: don’t hang it too high! This is about the only interior design “rule” I rarely ever break. If you need, get a friend to help you out. Ask them to hold whilst you assess the positioning.

As you can see from the supporting images, I have included a series of examples showcasing and highlighting the different compositions you can create with artwork. Lets start at the front entrance. If you have the space, I recommend opting for larger pieces. They create a strong visual impact and add a sense of drama to your entrance foyer. By including a larger item it also gives the illusion of a more spacious interior. In terms of design, go for a piece that is going to set the scene for the rest of your home.

Take the viewer on a visual journey. Oversized paintings and prints are my top pick when decorating in a living room or dining room. My recommendation is to center the pieces so that they align with your furniture. This will elude a perfectly balanced and simple design, giving the impression of a well throughout design during the planning stage. If you are a renter or low on wall space, hanging artwork low or layering them against one another or beside key furniture items is another great way to create a visual conversation between the art piece/s and the adjacent furnishings in the room.

If you are feeling daring then offset your art piece. I know I said before that in dining and living spaces it is a good idea, but it is not the only option for the other spaces in your home. When styling for a smaller space or nook in your room, offset the artwork to your furniture. This will create and unforeseen balance for that small space and give the illusion of a larger living environment.

Max Sparrow

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