Most interior decorators will agree that furniture should be arranged before hanging anything on the walls. Once the room is firmly organised you can then assess the wall space or spaces on which the artwork will be placed. If you’re hanging several pieces on a few different walls, entrust a helper to hold up artwork so you can get a good perspective on how they will look if placed there permanently.
You’ll also need to confirm that the pieces you choose will fit on the wall space and fit with the furniture that’s below it and around it. Keep in mind that if you’re trying to fill a space to balance the room, you can mix large artwork with some smaller pieces. Play with the arrangement, mixing and matching. And if you’re wondering how high to hang your artwork, try placing the centre of the picture about 1.5 metres off the ground, this places it at eye level so it can easily be admired.
Once you’ve decided where each piece will go use picture hanging hooks rather than heavy nails and screws to secure your pictures to the wall. Although they may seem delicate, they are very secure. Picture hooks go into the wall on an angle, similar to a cat’s claw which actually makes them rather robust. Simply make certain you buy the correct type of hook for your artwork’s weight. Some experts recommend usingtwo picture hooks per artwork. This not only provides added security but it also helps art remain level over time. A leveler will come in handy at this stage of the process.
Once you’ve hung each picture, it’s time to sit back and admire each work of art – be it an original Picasso or your favourite family snapshots. Don’t be afraid to change things around from time to time. When you feel the urge to rearrange your living room furniture, try moving your wall art too.
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