How To: Hang Art
As design professionals, one of the questions we are often asked is how to hang art. It is one of the most effective ways to make a house feel like home, yet we have witnessed how over and over it intimidates people beyond measure. Countless friends and clients have asked us to come hang their artwork because they were overwhelmed by the thought and every single time we do, they are blown away by what a difference it makes. (Sometimes it just takes a magic touch!) Being surrounded by the things, images and items you have collected almost feels like being wrapped up in a blanket of comfort – this is why it can make a house feel like a home.
For those of you who would like to brave the unknown and try it on your own, we put together a few #designertips for getting started:
- Don’t be afraid of the mistake hole in the wall – it happens to the best of us! Truth be told, sometimes we eyeball, which on occasion equals a miss.
- When in doubt, go bigger. Most artwork mistakes we see are too small and too high. Which leads us to the next tip ….
- Eye level is typically 68″ – BUT – it is subjective. I (Christi B) am 5′-2″ and my husband is 6′-2″. When in doubt, hang lower.
- When hanging art over a piece of furniture, the bottom should be 6″ – 8″ above the piece of furniture.
- Have the proper equipment so you are prepared when you are ready to start hammering. We like these picture hooks from Target.
- Be sure to get the proper size gook for the weight of your item.
- It’s not necessary to hang light artwork on a wall stud. You only need to hang on a stud or use a wall anchor when hanging a very heavy duty piece.
- If you are really uneasy about the hanging process, create a paper template of the item and mark exactly where the point of the hook needs to be on the wall. This will allow you to “nail” the paper in place, then tear it off for a perfect location.
And for multiple items….
- Be sure to lay your items out on the floor first. This will help you get an idea of the space and how your art will look and feel.
- Keep your gallery wall interesting by adding in different types of art, mirrors, photographs, and other objects.
- Pieces in a gallery wall should be about 3″ apart.
- Create a paper template of each item and tape the templates to the wall. This gives you the ability to see your plan on the wall and allows you to move it around until it looks and feels just right.
- Take a photo of the paper grouping and look at it. You will find that it looks different to you on camera than in real life. This will help you subjectively evaluate the placement.
- Use a laser level and painters tape if you are hanging all items in a straight line.
What’s in our Hanging Kit:
- Tape measure
- Assorted hanger and frame back kit
- Picture hangers in assorted weights
- Laser level
- Painter’s tape
XO, Christi B & Bri