Are you fed up with staring at those blank walls? Adding curtains or dressing your windows without the use of curtains is a good start. But! It’s time to put your images and artwork to good use! Nothing can warm up your room than well-decorated walls. When it comes to figuring out how to hang pictures, however, you may well be stumped and not sure where to start. If you have a lot of little art prints and images, putting them together in the appropriate order can be a pain if you don’t plan beforehand.
The secret to making beautiful wall displays is to come up with visually pleasing arrangements ahead of time. As such, here are some proven methods for arranging pictures on your wall so that you get your decorating artwork flowing again!
As a general rule of thumb, always choose photos with the right style that fits your room. This may sound obvious, but each room will require a different artistic touch to match your home decor.
For instance, wall hangings and portraits in the classical landscape style work well in living rooms and dining rooms, while smaller family photos work well in hallways, staircases, bedrooms, and bathrooms.
Always use common sense when you come up with any decor ideas. You know the impression you want to leave on your visitors, so use photos and paintings that help you achieve that. Abstract paintings may offer a lot of vibrancy to a place.
Space in a room is one of its most valuable assets. Allowing your photos to hinder the natural sense of space in a room is the last thing you would want to do. A large picture may make a small space appear larger. Similarly, large pieces of art positioned high on the wall boost the size of a room by diverting the visitor’s attention away from the intimidating wall surfaces at eye level. So, you can use large art pieces, but don’t fill the whole wall with them.
A single painting covering the entire wall of a small room will have an overwhelming effect. On the other hand, large rooms with open spaces can dwarf your pictures, particularly if your paintings happen to be very small.
Also, large walls with evenly spaced pictures look more like a modern art museum rather than a family home. To avoid leaving any large vacant spaces on your wall decor, do a proper balance of the different sizes.
Another important factor to consider is the position of your furniture. You will need to arrange them properly, too, to make the most of your living space. Place pictures in places where people will naturally gaze without having any piece of furniture standing in the way. For instance, big wardrobes and bookcases can take up a lot of space and hinder the view.
A picture that hangs above furniture, such as sideboards or dining tables, should be at least two-thirds the width of the furniture. This rule applies to both single images and groups of small images.
Best ways to arrange your pictures on a wall
With this easy DIY method below, you’ll be arranging your photos smartly on your first try:
1. Select images with relevant content
When you have a lot of photographs to pick from, it’s best to go with the most unique and professional ones. Almost every visitor to your home will view your wall art, and many of them will be unable to appreciate, or lets’ say, decipher the specific message that each picture represents. So, stick to a normal family portrait or traditional art gallery for your hall and living room.
2. Picture groupings should be planned ahead of time
If you intend to hang more than one image in a given wall area, that’s fantastic, but you should create powerful visual impressions first by experimenting with the precise spacing and arrangement of the photographs.
Make a “blueprint” for your group of pictures before hanging them all at once. If you want to be sure that you’ll be able to make changes, lightly trace the outlines of the drawings with a pencil. Otherwise, place them on a roll of paper and cut squares around them.
3. Deal with big pictures first
Big photographs deserve to be displayed prominently in the space. They should be hung at eye level or higher on a wall where they will be seen. Give the largest picture the absolute first priority. A good painting can serve as the focal point of a room.
Place them away from any of the room’s corners. Otherwise, you’ll give your picture a “squished in” appearance. Ideally, 30 to 60 cm of space should be enough.
You can use your picture as part of a multi-picture arrangement as long as it doesn’t completely overshadow the other pictures.
4. Arrange small photographs in rows or groups
Large landscape paintings or stuffy portraits don’t have to be the focal point of a room. A cluster of smaller photographs can make for an eye-catching arrangement when grouped in aesthetic patterns. Make changes to your setup to meet the needs of the room you’re in.
Tight, straight, vertical or horizontal rows can maximise limited wall space, while huge cloud-like arrangements containing photos of all sizes can give a room a contemporary feel. When building photo clusters, the most important thing to remember is to make sure that the margins of each frame are at a precise ninety-degree angle to each other.
To ensure that your photos are absolutely straight, use a spirit level. Also, make sure the spacing between photographs is consistent. Smaller photos also have the advantage of being more adaptable than larger ones.
5. Coordinate the picture frames
In general, frames should be paired with other frames when you line up images together. This isn’t to say that every photograph in a collection must have the same frame, though. Rather, it means that all of the frames in a given cluster should share a common subject matter.
A cluster of images with all black frames, for example, will look nicer than one with some metal frames, bamboo frames, and so on.
You can always experiment with other asymmetrical patterns, such as alternating blue and white frames, rather than having identical frames for each picture. When in doubt, keep in mind that white and black go with nearly anything.
How to hang your pictures
In only a few minutes, you can make your image secure on the wall and get it right the first time:
- Choose your hanging pictures or canvases
- Add hangers to the frame.
- Use a stud if your painting weighs more than 7 kg.
- Take measurements.
- Mark the wall to hang the picture in the right place.
- Place the photo on the wall.
- Make any necessary adjustments.
Voila! You can now proudly exhibit your art collection, and you don’t have to be an interior designer to do so. Above all, once you know how to arrange and group them, you will make the most of the available space and leave your visitors in awe!