Are 60-inches long enough?
I love art and when purchasing a new piece I have to decide where and how to hang it: how high should it be mounted on the wall; how can it be arranged with other pieces; and most important how to make it safe and secure so it won’t end up crashing to the floor!…
• Use picture-hanging hooks: they are very secure despite looking flimsy – It’s all based on sheer weight.
• There are three types of hook for your artwork’s weight; a one-nail picture hook holds 30 pounds or lighter, a two-nail picture hook holds 50 pounds and a three-nail picture hook holds 75 to 100 pounds.
Now that you are ready to hang your artwork, you must choose where each piece will go. Again a few helpful rules of thumb:
- Ask someone to hold the art against the wall so you can take a step back to see how the space looks with the piece there and get a sense of the proportions.
- When hanging a single piece on a wall, the centre of the picture should be about 60 inches off the ground, which places it at eye level.
- When arranging multiple pieces try a group of different images or frames clustered together, stretch them from wall to wall and floor to ceiling by starting in the middle and working your way out.
- When spacing art use two inches between larger pictures and an inch and a half for smaller ones.
The most important is to have fun when hanging art.
Ana Aguilar-Corney is a columnist for Heart Home and authors the blog Let's Blog Design. Ana founded aguilarinteriors.com after studying at Inchbald School of Design. She lives in Lewes, a town that mirrors her: quirky with a deep history and a sense of fun that doesn't take itself too seriously. You can follow her on Twitter @aguilarinterior. Read more posts by Ana Aguilar.
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