26.03.2024

Essential Tips for Properly Hanging Artwork

By Fineline Team

Hanging art in your home is not just about finding the perfect piece; it’s also about displaying it in a way that enhances your space. Knowing how to properly hang art can make a significant difference in the overall look and feel of your home. From choosing the right hardware, to picking the right frames – we’ll share some expert tips and techniques to showcase your artwork in the best ways possible!

Choose the Right Frame

Deciding on the correct frame is essential to enhance the artwork you’re looking to display, while also complimenting your home décor. Start by considering the style of the artwork and the overall aesthetic you want to achieve. For modern and minimalist art, sleek and simple frames in neutral tones or metallic finishes can create a contemporary look. More ornate and detailed frames work well with traditional and classic artwork, adding a sense of elegance. Consider the color palette of the artwork – select a frame that complements this palette to create a sense of harmony. In some cases, you may even consider not framing a piece at all! Choosing to forego the frame can be a deliberate choice that creates a contemporary gallery-style arrangement in your space. Ultimately, the right framing strategy should highlight and protect your artwork while seamlessly blending into your home décor.

Preparation is Key

Gathering the right supplies is crucial for a successful art hanging project. Basic tools needed are measuring tape, a level, a pencil, and a stud finder to ensure accurate placement and stability. Depending on the weight of your artwork and the type of walls in your home, you may also need wall anchors, screws, nails or even command strips that are appropriate for the surface. When choosing heavier pieces, consider reaching out for wall-plug anchors and their corresponding screws. Felt pads or bumpers can also be added to your pieces to protect your walls and prevent damage from frames or hardware. Having these supplies on hand will streamline the art hanging process and ensure a professional and secure display of your artwork.

Choosing an Arrangement Style

Before pulling out the hammer and nails, choose the right arrangement for your art piece to make the best use of your space. Consider the size and shape of the artwork, as well as the wall space available. For a single large piece, consider a centered placement to create an eye-catching focal point in the room. Experiment with different arrangements on the floor before committing to hanging, to make sure you’ve exhausted all your creative options. Consider alternative options of display before measuring – if you often change your mind or don’t want to damage your wall with nails, display your art on shelves or lean frames against the wall. Take your time and step back to assess the placement of your pieces, adjust as needed!

Measure, Measure, Measure

Although arrangements in a home’s gallery wall can be creative and unbound by rules, you should create a set of guidelines to ensure proper alignment. Start by measuring the wall space where you intend to hang the artwork, considering any furniture or architectural features that may conflict with the arrangement. Measure the artwork to determine the placement of hanging hardware and be considerate of space between multiple pieces if creating a gallery wall. Mark the desired hanging point on the wall using a pencil, making point of eye-level viewing height. Use a level to ensure that your markings are straight and aligned. By measuring everything out, you can achieve a well-balanced arrangement and save yourself a trip to the hardware store for some spackle.

Grand Finale

You’ve selected the frame, picked up the tools, chosen your arrangement and measured everything to a tee – all that’s left is to get hanging! Gather up your supplies and use the markings you’ve created to guide where you install nails or wall anchors. For heavier pieces, make sure to opt for sturdy hardware that can support the weight without risking damage to the wall. Use a level to ensure artwork is straight and aligned with surrounding décor. Once hung, step back and make any final adjustments for the perfect placement! Now it’s time to put all you’ve learned into action – go showcase your artwork!

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