We often have customers asking us how to hang art, so here are a few tips.
To give your art the exposure it deserves, hang your wall art at eye level. (Sure, if you and your husband aren’t the same height just find the average.)
If the wall art is going to be hung above a couch, crib or bed take care not to leave too much space between the couch, crib or bed and the art. If the gap is too large, the wall space will take attention from the art (still keep eye level in mind). The Oopsy daisy art we sell at Colorful Rooms is very light and easy to hang. But children’s wall art above cribs and beds should be made double secure by adding brackets or adhesive.
Not all art has to be hung on the wall; try using an easel, or leaning art against a shelf. If you are planning a nursery, add a chair rail to the walls. This is a great way to feature the many photographs, personalized wall décor, etc… that you will be collecting from your little one for years to come! A plate rack works great for smaller wall art pieces.
To create strong impact in a room, try hanging all your wall art in clusters or groups. If you are hanging a group of pictures, lay them out on a big table or the floor first to play with the arrangement. You can also lay them on paper, trace around each piece and then tape them on the wall to check the layout.
Consider many pieces grouped together as one large piece. When you hang them you want the center of the unit to be at eye level.
Play with different groupings. Four small pictures next to each other could give the illusion of a large piece. Another interesting combination is to hang one large piece with two small ones on either side.
If you have a large wall make sure you have enough art to fill the space. One small piece alone will look lost on an otherwise blank wall. If you have one art piece you really would like to hang but no other art to match, consider pairing it with a mirror or other accessories.
For the actual hanging, use a picture hanging kit available at any home improvement store. Consider the weight of the piece when choosing the hooks/hanging package. If the art is very large, multiple hooks may be necessary.
For more great tips, check out this great article from Rental Decorating Digest.