“How to install fine art in your space”

So you want to hang your art in your house?

You have a landscape pastel like the ones below and need a few tips?

Allow the art to guide you in placement; I have these landscapes in my reading room area. My subject matter of the land includes marsh, water and mangrove scenes.  The size, color and subject matter dictated the destination for me as to where to hang my landscapes. In my case, I have 4 landscapes of similar size, each one complementing one another and all are framed alike in simple dark mahogany-  a contemporary feel for a frame plus a realistic art style, which goes with the mix of elements in my room, yew wood and glass pieces.

You could also install multiple artworks of different sizes in a top, bottom or centered alignment to fit your personal taste as another way to hang a group or collection of art.

When hanging a group of paintings together. Group installs, like what I did in my reading area, I made sure I was satisfied with the placement first by laying out each artwork on a blanket in front of the wall before hammering the first picture hook in place.

Hanging a pair of paintings. How about a “diptych” or a “triptych”?

You can install your pair of paintings at a horizontal or a vertical parallel to suit your personal style! Changing the art and arranging it to fit the location is what makes it unique and all the fun!

If you have 3 panels that make up one artwork it is a “triptych” or a  three-paneled artwork; a four-paneled artwork is a “quadriptych” and any artwork that make up more than 3 panels either hung hinged together or independently as separate surfaces can be called a “polyptych.”

Picture hooks

are easy to find at a hardware, frame, art or craft store and usually a standard one is ok if your art weighs 50 lbs or less. If your prize piece is heavy always ask your gallery for the right hardware to fit the job. 

Place your art at the right height for the viewer whether they are seated at a table or standing to view the work.  In my dining area, a large marshscape is hung lower than normal so we can view it while seated.

Look for artwork you like but consider your dominant room color when shopping for art and think about the what is the complement color in your decor when shopping for art. For example, if the dominant room color you have is brown, look for art with a mere accent of brown in it for eye candy contrast. Or, if your dominant room color is red, you may look for art with red’s complement which is green, which will also highlight the artwork. I have a red/green color scheme, red velvet club chairs, so most of my landscapes which have various shades of green in the composition are just happy on my walls.  Since I have a lot of art around me and I am always changing out pieces, I keep a soft gray hue on the walls. All the art looks good on the gray walls; I have just a few accent walls. I use a gray color because my art travels around to exhibits and shows or goes to a good home (sometimes) . A nice cream would be another option if you like to change your art out much.

Now that you have installed your paintings sit back and enjoy!

Thanks for viewing!

Thanks to those of you who emailed me extra hanging tips from the above blog!

I will paste the best comment I received from Richard and his site (www.scottribe.com) below:

What height to hang pictures?
Written by Richard
What seems like a simple question ends up being quite contentious. Debate rages on about the best height for artwork, even gallery owners have different rules of thumb.  What is obvious is that most people hang their pictures and artwork too high.  The goal is to have artwork balancedateye level for best viewing.  Given that is more comfortable for the average person tolookidownwards rather than upwards, the bulk of theartworkshould be lower thaneye level.  The average height of an American is 64.5 inches (wikipedia), and usingthetime tested rule of thirds, the upperthirdshould be level with the eye.So what this means isthattheir is no standard height for artwork, rather eachpiecemust be looked at foritsindividual characteristics.  A good starting point, however, is as follows:Measure the height of the artwork.  Divide by 3.  From the top of the artwork go down that distance to find the “eye level” point.  So if our artwork measures 30″ tall, then I divide by 3 I get 10″.  My “eye level” point is 10″ from the top of the piece.Now back to looking at the average height of a person, 64.5″, and measuring down to the eyes (-5″), we arrive at a best eye level of 59.5″.  Our goal is to put the upper third line at 59.5″ to get the perfectly balanced artwork (for the average American).This is easy enough to do – Measure the height of the frame, divide by 3, subtract the distance from the top of the frame to the pulled taught hanging wire, then add this to 59.5″  In our example of 30″ artwork, with a 5″ gap between top and taught wire, we calculate as follows (30″ /3) – 5″ + 59.5″ = 64.5″  That’s where you put in the hanger or nail.



One Response to ““How to install fine art in your space””

  1. Richard Says:

    I find that hanging artwork can actually come down to a formula that uses the science of average height together with the rule of thirds. Please visit my blog for full details and the actual formula at ScottTribe.com


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