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Tips For Hanging Paintings

 

LOCATIONS

 

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 considered.

 

HANGING SINGLE PAINTINGS

 

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. 

 

HEIGHT ON THE WALL

 

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.

 

GROUPS OF PAINTINGS

 

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 individual pieces.   

 

 

 

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