Tips for Displaying Art

Urquhart Castle, Scotland, standalone prints, framed, and on canvas, fine art infrared photography by Jacqueline LaRocca
Urquhart Castle, Scotland
Congratulations!  You have purchased art you love, but now how do you display it?
Art gives a room esthetic appeal.  You can use art to project a certain feeling to a space.  The key to decorating successfully with art is to give thought to where it will be displayed before hanging it on the wall.
First, get art professionally framed.  Putting beautifully crafted art in a substandard frame detracts from the visual appeal of the art.
Before hanging the art on the wall, do a layout of the piece or pieces on paper and trace them.  Cut out the patterns and tape them on the wall.  Use this as your guide to hanging your art.  Planning will save your walls from too many unwanted holes!
Hang art at eye level (approximately 60 to 66 inches from the floor).
When hanging art over a couch, place the artwork 6 to 8 inches from the top of the couch.
Use geometric shapes to guide you on how to place the artwork.  For example, hang four small art pieces together to form a square.  Conversely, hang three pieces together along a horizontal line in a row.
When hanging several pieces of art together, place the most significant piece in the center with smaller pieces around it.
Group smaller pieces of art together.  Hang small pieces two inches apart.  Consider hanging smaller artwork in a small space such as a bathroom or kitchen.  Adding art to small space creates an intimate feeling.  Also, consider placing small artwork in bookcases and on tables.
When hanging several larger pieces together, place them three inches apart—alternatively, lean heavier pieces on a table against a wall.
Use quality picture hanging hardware (available in hardware stores).  Select hardware by the weight of the artwork.
Lastly, enjoy your art!
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By Jacqueline LaRocca

Fine Art Photographer from Sykesville, Maryland, USA

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