Thursday, October 11, 2007

How to Hang Art in a Grouping

Have you ever wondered how to creatively fill a wall with more than one piece of art? You probably already have a collection of paintings, mirrors and wall sconces that would look great together.

Here are a few suggestions to get started:

Use Your Imagination - Arranging small treasures in a group gives a big impact when hung close together. Have a common theme among your collection. For example, all florals, or all black and white photos or a group of small paintings framed in similar styled gold frames. See my mini collection page for an example of different gold frames that would look nice together. Arranging your group on the floor first helps to see how to organize the "puzzle."

The Numbers Game - When filling a wall with large paintings, groups in even numbers work well and uneven numbers work well over furniture.

Going Vertical - Hang the wider framed artwork on top when hanging pieces vertically.

The Gallery Look - A simple modern gallery look is to draw an imaginary line 58" (standard) above the floor across the wall. Then arrange the art centered on the line no matter what the framed proportions are. Leaving lots of space between the pieces works especially well in long lobbies and hallways.

X Marks the Spot - Use a small masking tape "X" on the wall to mark the spot before nailing a mirror hanger. This helps save your wall from scratches and cracks, especially plaster walls. Use 2 hooks when hanging large art, this helps keep the piece from titling. I suggest using a level, too.

I hope this helps and gives you some new ideas about hanging art in groups. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments at I am always happy to help.

Wishing you flower-filled days,

Lisa Palombo

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