Hang Your Art Like a Professional Interior Designer

Updated on January 8, 2018
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Carol brings her two passions, love for design and for helping others, together to write articles containing easy and helpful design guides.

How to Hang Pictures

Blank walls are boring and gloomy and everyone knows that nothing adds character to a home more than the pictures on its walls. But before you rush off to hang your pictures there are a few things that you should know.

Whether you’re hanging your latest gallery purchase or your five-year-old niece’s drawing you need to plan before you begin. Where and how you chose to display your art is crucial. It can change the feelings you have toward the piece and the character of the room. Now, there is no need to feel overwhelmed because I have a few tips that will help you hang your art like a pro.

Location, Location, Location

If you’re only hanging one piece decide where you want to hang it. The center of the picture should ideally be at eye level (approximately 60”). Hanging a number of different pieces together is a little more complicated, take them all out and line them up together on the floor against the wall, from there you can start arranging them in the way that you think looks best. Arrange the pictures on the floor and decide whether they go well together. Usually the largest piece will go in the center, but follow your instincts and go with what you love. Once you’ve made your decision it’s time to get to work.

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Get The Hang Of It

There are a few different ways to properly measure and mark walls for hanging art. Before you begin make sure you have all the tools you need; a hammer, tape measure, a level, a pencil, picture hangers for light pictures and wall screws for heavy pieces. It’s best to hang pictures from two points on the sides of the frame instead of one in the middle, this will keep the picture in place in your layout. The type of frame and wall will determine which tools you will need to use.

Once you’re ready make sure you have access to the wall. You will have already arranged the art in the layout you want, now it’s time to try it on the wall. One fantastic tip is to cut out pieces of paper to match each picture and then stick them on the wall with painter’s tape in the layout that you’ve decided on before making holes in the wall. Then replace the pieces of paper one at a time with the art. It’s actually fun once you get the hang of it.

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