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How to Arrange Wall Art

How to Arrange Wall Art
Enjoy these helpful diagrams for arranging art or wall decor on your wall. Sign up for Design Tips and Updates sent once a month for beautifully illustrated design ideas and subscriber only promotions.

To keep the grouping coherent, we recommend limiting the range of the subject matter, color, and frame personality. From each category, select a piece that represents the look you prefer. Next select a piece that represents the limit of a style or color direction you would like. If you want a great variety, select another piece of a limit of another kind. Then, keep all purchases and selections within the range planned.

The closer together the pieces are, the more easily inconsistencies can be seen. Be sure to notice the difference in the types of hangers and placement on the art. Pieces over 3 pounds, hung by wire require two hangers. These are the most difficult to plan. Try mocking up on the floor and measuring down from the top of the picture to the wire (mocked to stretch between two points) to help plan placement. The weight of the pice will always increase the actual distance between wire and top of frame compared to your mock up.

Asymmetrical arrangements are the most difficult to plan, but the easiest to install as small imperfections in spacing tend not to matter.

To make a symmetrical arrangement, begin in the center.

For walls, set height at 62"-65" from the FLOOR to the CENTER of the piece. Raise slightly for tall ceilings. It is generally preferred to set height where the majority of the piece can be viewed easily by average height women. If ceilings are more than 10 ft, we recommend stacking art work or strategically placing large scale (over 4 feet) pieces at places that accentuate the architecture. These pieces must carry desired visual impact from a distance.

Pieces in high traffic areas or weighing more than 3 pounds require deluxe dry wall anchors, butterfly anchors, or installation in studs. When you want to place a piece where there is no stud, wood can be used on top of the dry wall to connect to studs; and the picture is hung from the wood. This is ideal only when the picture is viewed directly from the front; not the sides.

For professional picture hanging, call a drapery installer, not a handy man or blind installer. Referrals for drapery installers can be obtained through your local Kirsch or Graber wholesale drapery hardware distributors as well as ASID listings.