Friday, March 25, 2011

Organizing Art on Wall....Not A Big Deal!!

A lot of us pick up art and wall accessories from various places we travel or as and when we see something interesting. Once its home, it is either lying around somewhere or we get all stressed about getting it up on the wall! How do I drill holes in the wall? How high should it be mounted? How can it be arranged with other pieces to create an inspired statement? Lets talk about getting this job done with less stress and yet be safe, secure and beautiful!

Basics & Style

Step I: When you’re ready to hang the art, the next step is choosing where each piece should reside. If you decide to put more than 2 pieces of art together, make sure how they look good. If the wall is narrow and verticle, perhaps putting them one below the other may bring out its beauty. Or if the wall is wide, placing pictures horizontally might be more appealing.

Step II: When hanging a pair of works, one above the other, treat them as one large picture. It doesn't matter if they are the same or different sizes.

Step III: There is no right or wrong way to do it. Always start from the middle, pick a focal picture or art and work your way out. Work your proportions keeping the central artwork. It isn't even sometimes necessary to have a sequence or logic.

Step IV: Always ask someone to help you to hold these pictures against the wall for you. Then you can take a step back to see what the space is going to look like, understand the proportions and colors, best suited to the wall or the room.

Proportions & Spacing

Step V: Usually, while hanging art, the center of the picture should be about 60-65 inches off the ground, which places it at eye level.

Step VI: For spacing between art on the same wall, 2-3 inches are used for medium or large size pictures or 1.5 inches for smaller frames. Now, note that the same spacing is important above, below, and on either side of each frame.

Step VII: Lastly, do not be stressed about hanging pictures on the wall. It needn't be perfect or logical. As long as you have worked on your basic proportions, things can't go very wrong. Infact changing displays of art every once in a while freshens things up and lets you display your new work or collection!


  1. very useful tips, sonia..i felt you were speaking to me. I'm particular about hand done art displays-embrioidery, charcoarl sketches, dried foliage, personally made ambigrams on my walls. the ready made prints are not for me. thanks for the distancing tips..puts me in the mood to change the frames that have been hanging for a while.

  2. Hi Jezebelle...I am glad you got in to the mood to change things around in your house. It certainly helps change the ambience and freshens up the usual. Glad to know you have a creative eye!