Odd one out
Here are some
arrangements you can try out:
If you have two
pictures that are too small for a wall, hang them side by side and
fill the empty with a wall planter, in which a money plant or some
other creeper can be grown.
If more than one
picture is to be hung on a wall, stick to an odd number. The only
even number of frames that look good together is two. If you want to
group four pictures, put them up in pairs in a staggered
arrangement, and another item, such as a plaque for hanging keys,
can be used to fill in the spaces. Unusual decorative objects can be
hung on the wall to balance a grouping.
Photographs may be
hung on a wall symmetrically or asymmetrically. A symmetrical
grouping, with pieces hung equidistant from and level with each
other, gives a more formal look. This sort of grouping works well
with same-size pictures that have similar frames and subject matter.
groupings are more common, with many shapes, sizes and types of
pictures hung together at various heights. Craft-paper cutouts that
match the size and shape of individual pieces of artwork make it
easy to determine your picture arrangement. Tape the pieces of craft
paper to the wall, trying out different arrangements until you find
one that pleases you.
should be hung on a wall about 5' 3" from the floor, or eye
level for the average person. Over a sofa, place artwork so it's
just a few inches below the tallest head, about 18" above the
crest of the sofa.
To achieve an
interesting arrangement, stagger pictures rather than hang them in a
straight line. To determine where to place staggered pictures,
imagine a horizontal centre line on one picture, and hang the second
a bit above or below the line.
four small same-size pictures together in a four-square, to give the
illusion of a larger picture .
You don't always
have to have four in a group. Instead use a larger picture in the
centre. Then place two smaller pictures on either side of the large
picture, spaced vertically to about equal the length of the larger
frame. Or, in place of the larger picture, use a large mirror.
Not all of your frames will always be of matching sizes, so
approximate and just try to balance the impact of the frames—not
match them perfectly.
Don't put one
little picture on a large wall. It looks ridiculous. If you don't
have enough artwork to fill up more space on a large wall, consider
putting mirrors in the grouping.
overload a small wall with a large picture.
If you're working
with a large wall and have the floor space, make some decisions by
arranging the pictures on the floor first. You can also measure how
far they need to be from one another. Then take one at a time and
put them up on the wall.
If you're hanging a
picture over a sofa, you shouldn't leave a lot of wall space between
sofa and picture. Try for three to six inches. If you go any higher,
the viewer's eye will just go to the wall, not the picture.
Keep in mind the
picture's weight, which will determine what size hook you'll need to
use. For a very large picture, you'll need two hooks.
display family photos, crowd them on a wall to make a gallery.
As for mixing
wood-framed pictures with metal-framed pictures, it works best if
you have an eclectic look throughout the home. If you're going to do
it in a more formal look, at least try to keep the same colour for
all the frames.
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