TIPS & TRICKS FOR HANGING ART IN YOUR HOME
When my husband and I purchased our 1st home 2 years ago, I was over the moon excited for the home decorating process! I have always dreamed of spending my time choosing color palettes, fixtures, and furniture to turn our house into a home that we would love and be proud of.
Our home contains 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, and 2 living areas. For me, that was a lot of ground to cover as far as decor was concerned. I knew that I absolutely wanted to have a thoughtful process with my decorating decisions. Plus the Virgo in me needed each room to be the perfect reflection of our lifestyle and personalities.
An area that I have been focusing on the most over the past year has been our entry living room. This room gives the first impression when you enter into our home. That being said, I knew that I wanted this area to be bright and uplifting; yet comfortable & relaxing. This room is a very open space that connects to our dining and kitchen area. What I love about this part of our house is that it’s perfect for light entertaining. This is where l also love sit and enjoy a nice glass of wine to relax after a long 8 hours in the office!
Finding the perfect piece to go above our sofa in this room was a challenge. I needed something to spruce up the white walls, while not clashing with the rug and other pieces I had already purchased. Fortunately Target had exactly what I had been looking for. If you’ve been struggling trying to choose art, wondering how to hang it, and make it look good— here are a few tips on how to make it look amazing once you get it home!
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CHOOSING THE ART WORK- STYLE & SIZE ALWAYS MATTER
Finding the right pieces took me some time. It was the last major item I needed to complete the look of this room. I wanted to find pieces large enough to create balance with the furniture I already purchased, while also keeping with the color scheme I had going.
When I came across the Framed Watercolor Blue Abstracts by Project 62, I knew I had found the perfect match! I loved that the art featured several hues of blue and neutral shades that were already part of my space. The wooden frames were perfect in bringing a sleek look that paired perfectly with my natural colored tufted ottoman. I ended up choosing to purchase additional art work with a darker colored frame because it matched and tied in with the shelf that I already had. My goal was to create interest by adding in the larger sized frame and various color of the wooded frame.
When filling a horizontal space, hang two vertical pieces of art next to each other. To fill a large vertical space, hang two horizontal pieces of art on top of one another.
DECIDE ON A LAYOUT BEFORE HANGING
This is the perfect way to make decisions on the design you want while only putting holes in your walls once. I let my creativity and design ideas flow at this point and allowed the pieces of this puzzle naturally come together. Laying all of the art pieces on the floor and just playing around with their positions until it felt right was the easiest part of the process. In the end, I chose to create a gallery wall!
When designing a gallery wall stick to no more than 5 different art pieces so it doesn’t feel overwhelming and cluttered. Space out multiple pieces of art about 2-3 inches apart from one another. This will make them feel connected and not like they are all floating separately.
FIND YOUR FOCAL POINT
Since I was creating a collage, I decided to make the abstract piece with the darker wooden frame the focal point. To ensure the art was in fact center, I took a step back to view the sofa and other furniture. After using a pencil to mark my spot, I took another step back for a final check. I then drilled my screws in and hung the piece. Finally, I used my tool to make sure the frame was leveled out.
Once you find your focal point, it’s pretty easy to work your way out. Once I found my center, I went ahead and marked and drilled the screws for the other art I was hanging.
HANG YOUR ART AT EYE LEVEL
Try to hang most of your art pieces at eye level (around 55-60 inches from the floor). If you have higher ceilings, you can bump this number up a few inches. Once my pieces were hung, the space immediately felt larger. Before there was anything on this wall, the eye was naturally drawn down the sofa. With the now added art work the eye naturally comes up, which explains why the ceiling seems a little taller.
When you hang art above furniture, it should only be about two-thirds the width of the furniture and be 4-6 inches above the furniture.
USE THE CORRECT TOOLS
This project only requires a hammer/drill, nails/screws, and a level tool.
The artwork came with a sawtooth back which made it very helpful and easy to hang. Using the correct tools can result in a much more easier and efficient way to complete this task. You can avoid having crooked frames and a wall full of unwanted holes.
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These are just a few tips for hanging your art like a pro!
I still have a few items on my list to add to this room; I’m just really excited that the most challenging part is now complete! Leave me some comments below to let me know what you think of the art I used. Do you have any art hanging tips?