If have a passion for interior decorating that’s led you to want to have some great wall art in your house. But you’ve probably gone through the same agony I’ve been through when it comes to figuring out how and where to actually hang my favourite pieces.
So, let me ease the process for you by sharing some valuable nuggets of wisdom that I gained from my own experience.
Choosing the Right Size for Each Room
The wall space you’ll get for hanging your art will vary from room to room depending on the design of your house and the presence of furniture. You want to adjust what art pieces you use in each individual room accordingly.
For large wall spaces, you can use a large single piece of even arrange a pattern of smaller pieces, but you should never hang a small piece in a large room.
For small wall spaces, it is really important to economize your space, ideally by using one central piece that can feature prominently as the room’s focal point.
Whether you’re placing your art in a small or large space, always make sure that you position your pieces in a central position on the wall. A pro rule of thumb is to leave around 6-12 inches of free space on either side of your art so that it appears central in the room.
Keep Your Art Safe
I’m sure you can relate to just how expensive fine art can be at times, and you probably wouldn’t want your investment to end up wasted due to heat or water damage.
One of the biggest mistakes that people make, I’ve been guilty of this too, is that they’ll hang a huge portrait of Napoleon on a horse far too close above an uncovered fireplace or somewhere in their kitchen where Napoleon’s horse ends up being washed away by water damage.
Hang your art as far away from any potential source of heat or water as possible.
Hang at The Right Perspective
Your art, whether it’s big or small, abstract or a live portrait needs to be positioned appropriately on the wall so that it can be viewed with the most comfort. If you have to strain your neck looking upwards to admire your painting or the Himalayas or if you’re compelled to shift your gaze downwards to an inappropriately low placed fresco- there’s a problem.
Your art needs to hang exactly at eye level, so that it can be seen the most comfortably that it can. Horizontally, it should be placed right in the center of your living room, and vertically it should be just high enough that it’s one eye level for most people.
Hanging wall art can be an arduous process at times, but incorporating these tips and making good use of intelligently designed pieces of wall art that come in the right size, such as these, can really make the whole process easier for you. It certainly has for me.