Sam Francis

Untitled, 1984

106.7 X 73 inch


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7 Steps To Hang Any Artwork To Your Wall


Aside from finding the proper art for your room, hanging art correctly might be even more challenging. In fact, hanging artwork at the wrong height is the most common design error we notice.

Avoid locations that could cause damage
Placement above a fireplace or a radiator is not recommended. The canvas may melt or be ruined with time. Light, on the other hand, can deteriorate delicate or unprotected artworks. Avoid hanging a sketch or a watercolor near a window, and be aware of direct sunlight.

Direct sunlight will permanently harm any image you hang there. For works on paper, this is very crucial, but it applies to all artworks as well. Consider UV-protected glass for artwork in frames, as no glass will protect against direct sunshine. Museum glass is ideal, but it's a hefty price tag.

Consider the room's surroundings. Kitchens and baths aren't typically the best places to display artwork because of their humid and hot conditions.

Get the height right
Modern and contemporary artworks are typically hung about 1.5 meters from the picture's center. Museums typically use this height.


Pay attention to fixings
Rather than employing a single, central fastening, we always advocate using two on either side of the work. When someone passes by, the work won't move forward or backward, preventing it from getting in the way.

Make your hang varied
With a large art collection or a plan to acquire one in the near future, hanging art in your home might become a more serious undertaking. If you're a collector, don't be afraid to mix genres or time periods. Contemporary paintings can be juxtaposed with 16th century landscapes With regards to different sorts of artwork, you often discover an interesting relationship between, instance, an enormous painting and smaller groups of four to six pictures or works on paper.

Consider the room's practicality. On a huge wall, a modest piece of art can be easily overlooked, yet an enormous piece of art can take over a space.


Make sure to think about how the artwork will be surrounded and how the light in the room will change throughout the day. Do you want the art to be the center of attention, or would you prefer it to be more subtly placed? When you first go into a room, think about your sight lines and the things you want to see right away.

Take the risk of hanging a painting in an unexpected place. What matters most is how you feel about a piece, not how it's decorated. Traditional and contemporary furnishings may coexist beautifully in a room, and vice versa.

There is obviously some wiggle room when it comes to this criterion, as there are other artworks to move around or an awkwardly situated mantelpiece. Don't worry if the center of the picture isn't exactly at eye level; just go with your gut and hang it where it feels right.

Photos on a wall can have as big of an effect on a room as the photos themselves. If you're looking for something more informal, but yet with some structure, you can hang multiple photos together in a square or rectangle, making it suitable for a family room or kitchen. There are a variety of ways to arrange rows of images in a way that produces varied results. Artwork should always be placed horizontally between two points, whether it's part of a collection or a single piece. This creates a sense of harmony in the room.

Find visual links between artworks
It is possible to create visual or thematic connections by arranging works together in a grouping or pairing.

You don't have to worry about being consistent. As long when there are enough works to have a significant impact, the pattern will emerge as you begin to put it all together.

Organizing your collection by drawing parallels between artworks is one option, but displaying quite dissimilar pieces next to each other can also be visually appealing. One method to celebrate stark contrasts is to allow individual works to stand on their own, allowing them to stand out on their own as distinct entities.

When hanging two pieces of art together, regard them as one and hang them at the same height of 60 inches from the floor.

Groups of three and four are also subject to this rule. Make sure they are not separated by more than a few inches so that they appear to be part of a cohesive whole.

You don't have to worry too much about hanging an artwork, even if practical measures can assist extend its life. There is no such thing as a "proper" or "wrong" method to organize your collection; if the picture is excellent enough, "it doesn't matter where you hang it; it looks good anywhere."

Line up a piece with the middle of moldings or the height of an adjacent sofa and mantel. Instead, each artwork has its own horizon line, which keeps the entire room dynamic and interesting.

Don't always trust your eye
It's best to get technical when it comes to hanging a piece of art. You may be fooled by your own eyes. A spirit level and a tape measure are crucial tools for ensuring that artworks are hung straight. Doing this incorrectly will make it impossible for anyone to see if you're actually hanging symmetrically or not.

Avoid water pipes and wiring
Make sure you know how the walls of your house are built. If you're using just a few screws to attach a large picture to a plaster wall, it's going to fall off. Use a somewhat larger hook than you believe is necessary. Electricity and water lines should also be looked for. Check for pipes and cables before screwing into walls in older homes, which may not be channeled around the corners of walls in modern homes.

A lot of fun can be had by hanging art.  Contact an art installer if you encounter any difficulties with the hanging. There is no such thing as an insurmountable challenge when it comes to hanging.

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