Hang Your Artwork Like A Pro
Think of art that’s hung the wrong way on a wall like a character in a movie who’s wearing a really bad wig...
It’s just really hard to un-see.
It doesn’t ruin your entire experience or perception of the room’s decor but it’s just terribly distracting and leads you to think about how it should actually be hung to make the work of art and the entirety of the room, look better.
With art being a huge part of who we are as artists at Pinot's Palette, we enjoy passing along information about it in any form that we can!
From assisting someone who is painting in our studio, to tips and tricks to use at home, as well as the right frame color, and style to best highlight your work, we LOVE all things, ‘Art’!
Today, we’re going to talk about displaying artwork in your home and how to properly hang it on your walls.
Whether you’ve inherited an incredible masterpiece, are displaying some art that you bought or was passed down that means a lot to you, or you’re looking to show off your own paintings, here are some helpful tips for the best way to go about it!
********************************Tips For Displaying Artwork***********************************
— HEIGHT —
*Be sure to hang your artwork at an eye level(*). Think about the center area of the artwork being level with your eye line. The phrase, "57" On Center", refers to the perfect height for most artwork. It means that the center of your art should measure 57" high, from the ground.
(*)NOTE: Yes, it should be ‘eye level’, but not if your ceilings are really low (typical is 8 – 9 feet) and not if you are really tall.
If the wall were cut up vertically into four sections (going from bottom to top) then think of the art being in the third quadrant (counting from the floor).
*how to hang artwork (height):
— SIZE —
*If you're displaying one canvas on a wall, be sure to think about the wall's size. If it's a large, blank wall, you may want to add a few other pieces in addition to your canvas and create a wall-collage style art piece! These collages are super trendy and look really upscale! Take your home’s decor to a whole other level with these fabulous art displays!
*Tips for creating a wall collage:
*When it comes to choosing art bigger is usually better. Choosing art that's too small is a very common mistake. Take for instance the wall space over a sofa. As a general rule, the art above it should be approximately two thirds the width of the sofa or larger. Same goes for space above a bed. However, even this rule can be broken. In a gallery wall, several small pieces can work together in one display. In this case, think of the overall display as one unit and try to follow the same guidelines. If you have a particular painting or print that you adore but the size is too small, consider having it framed with an extra large matte to increase its visual impact.
— THE LOOK OF THE ART —
Choosing the right piece of art to complement your space can be one of the most challenging things in decorating. With an unending variety of choices, settling down to just a few pieces can be tough. So if you're struggling to pick the perfect piece, consider these
Color is the number one thing people get caught up in when trying to choose art, often because they're trying to find something that matches with the other colors in the room. But while matching some of the colors is a perfectly acceptable method for choosing art, it's not the only method. Sometimes the colors in the art you choose can be the direct opposite of what you already have in your room, or in some cases; you might want something that's only black and white. What matters is that you find something that compliments the space—sometimes it's through color, but not always. Look for a piece that attracts you to it, and don't worry too much about perfectly matching colors.
Grouping various piece of art together looks great when they’re a common theme! Whether you’re matching the style and subject of the art to the room around it, or trying to pair the pieces with one another to create a cohesive look, the way artwork is put together makes a difference. For example, putting some artwork of birds, flowers, or butterflies into your sunroom or a light and airy room in the house, OR putting food-themed artwork in the kitchen OR soothing landscapes in the bedroom or bathroom (and so on…).
The artistic subjects that you choose for each space, will help you and your guests to feel a certain way when they’re in the space (cheery, calm, etc) so remember that when selecting art for your home and designing a cohesive space of decor.
*More on 'Grouping Multiple Artworks Together’
If it’s a collection of art then you need to treat the whole collection as one piece, and start and stop it where it makes the most sense, as if it were one.
*Excellent advice on how to best-group artwork: https://www....roup-artwork/
— DISPLAYING ART WITHOUT HANGING IT —
Who says you have to display your art, only on the wall?
These days, more than ever, people are opting to work their signs, photos, paintings, and other artworks into the flat surfaces of their home!
Some people rent their homes and can’t put too many holes in the wall
Others might be afraid of committing to nail holes when they aren’t sure the art will line up right or hang straight
Some people are a fan of moving things around their home to freshen up their decor from time to time
Perhaps you want to display the art but don’t want it to be front and center on the wall…
There are some piece of art that are too small or an unconventional size and shape that would look awkward on the wall, alone
**Whatever the reason you have for not wanting hang your artwork, there are other way to incorporate your visual treasures into your home:
Let’s talk about your personal, handmade art:
The rules still apply to how you choose to display your masterpiece, hanging it in just the right place on the wall of sitting it on a flat surface in your home somewhere… but the size, style, and colors of the work still come into play here, so keep that in mind when creating your masterpiece (if you’ll looking to add it into a specific space)
Think about what you want to paint when you’re looking over our calendar and deciding which painting is best for you to try (this time around)!!
From delicately classic floral designs to bold and intense modern art.... from landscapes and sunsets to people, animals, and wine-themed paintings, we have it ALL!!!!
Build your painting colors and style around your home decor preferences. Think about what painting will work best, and where it'll go!
*View our entire painting library here to get an idea of what we have!