Tips For Hanging Paintings
Room walls are the most obvious, but other areas should also be
considered. Stairways, hallways and even bathrooms often offer the perfect
setting for a cherished painting. Many office settings can be enhanced from
tastefully placed original paintings.
Creative arrangements of a number of paintings can make a dull,
uninteresting hallway or stairway a true focal point for display of a group of
paintings of different sizes. Many room settings can also benefit from groupings
over sofas, wall tables, etc.
There may also be small ignored space where a special painting
would bring life to the area, and pleasure to the viewer each time they pass by.
Kitchens, a small alcove or an entry hall should also be
Selecting a location for the painting should be influenced by its
size. A very small painting would look lost over a large sofa, while a very
large painting might appear out of place over a fireplace.
Most paintings are hung too high on the wall. The most pleasing
position is one where the middle of the painting is approximately at eye level
for the average person.
Tasteful groupings can be symmetrical, or what appears to be at
random. Regardless, careful planning of the arrangement is important. One easy
way to do this is to arrange all of the pictures on the floor in the positions
that are most pleasing to your eye. Then make a scale drawing with the
dimensions of each of the paintings and the spaces between them. Another method
is to make paper cutouts the size of the paintings and tape them to the wall
until you find an arrangement you like.
A formal balance may consist of four equal-sized paintings
arranged in a single row or with two on the top row and two on the bottom. All
of the edges of the frames would line up.
An informal balance might consist of a number of paintings of
different sizes arranged in a random pattern. It is helpful to have some of the
frame edges line up, and the spaces between the frames should be of equal size.
Do not crowd the pictures too close together.
Too many pictures on a wall detracts from the appearance of the