How To's

Hanging Artwork in Your Home

A series of helpful hints regarding hanging artwork in your home and arranging your personal space to suit your needs.

For aesthetic value when hanging artwork, one should think about focal points, space and light, how to expand a room visually by heightening low ceilings. Pieces that would be ideal over your mantelpiece prove solutions for large and small spaces and take into consideration how to make a bold statement in stairways and hallways. Picture height, matting and arrangement all make a difference and are all based on personal taste.

Location, location, location!

Consider wall space and design a pattern of visual imagery that will create a sense of rhythm and harmony that will appeal to mind, body and soul. Your home can be transformed into a work of art both inside and out with the right amount of creative ingenuity.

You should relate the size of your artwork to the size of your wall space. If you have narrow walls or are decorating a space such as a converted loft, use smaller pictures and larger pieces for larger spaces. A technique that can be used is grouping pictures to form one unit.

Arrangement is Key

A collage, or photo mosaic, can be created by grouping various images together. This can be achieved by arranging pictures and materials on a large surface, or on the floor. Play with a series of combinations until you create one that pleases your eye. Laying the images out on paper is an even better technique as you will be able to trace around each piece where picture hangers should be installed. You can also tape the paper on the wall to act as a template for picture hangers.

You can also use a digital camera and photo manipulation software. You can take a photo of your wall space, then use the tools in the application and add blocks of color to design your composition. An even better option is to take the picture with the images you want to use. Cut each image into its own layer and fill in the background with the color of your wall paint. Rearrange each image until you create your ideal composition.

Balance and Proportion

If you do not have access to a digital camera, you can create templates of each picture’s shape by measuring them or tracing the shapes on a piece of paper. Regardless of method, the key to success is balance and proportion. Taping off a specified area will help keep your arrangement the perfect size.

You should be able to access photographs and reference material online to better illustrate these tips. Remember symmetry, lines, and balance when hanging your artwork. Evaluate the artwork in your home and you will find ways to accomplish your desired décor. Furniture can also be rearranged to suit your immediate needs.