If you just created your very own piece of artwork at Azure and you have no experience hanging paintings, how do you know where to place it in your home? Although a relatively simple process, it’s important to get the height, frame, and placement correct so the painting can hold its own in the room. Read on for tips on how to best hang your artwork.
As equally important as the painting itself is the room you choose to put it in; the exact spot can make or break the effectiveness of the art. Allow enough space on the wall for the painting and its corresponding frame so the art can be fully appreciated. Additionally, the painting should suit the purpose and the mood of the room. If it’s a painting of a boat in the sea, don’t place it in a dark, damp basement. Instead, let the painting brighten up a relaxing room with natural light! Furthermore, avoid choosing places where the painting could either go unnoticed (a cluttered wall), or it could be damaged (above a fireplace). You don’t want to starve the painting of the attention it deserves, or worse, risk ruining the artwork itself.
An effective frame can bring out the best in the artwork and also protect the painting from damage. You should always choose a high quality frame that is durable, aesthetically-pleasing, and that accentuates the features of the art. Additionally, you should leave substantial room on the wall for the painting if the frame is thick or has a distinct pattern; you want the frame to help the art stand out, so give it room to be a piece of artwork. If the art is powerful enough to go without a frame, then be bold and consider hanging the painting on its own. In either case, you should still place a protective glass or plastic layer over the painting to protect it from dust and other potential harmful materials.
Height and Placement
When deciding where to place your painting, the most important consideration is eye level. In addition, make sure you use a tape measure and a leveling tool to keep the painting straight. A good rule of thumb is to place your painting 57 inches above the ground, as this is the most common painting height in art museums and consistent with most people’s line of sight. Additionally, if you don’t want to mess around with nails and a hammer, you can be creative and always lean your painting against the wall. For example, if you want to put your painting above the fireplace, you can simply place the painting on the mantelpiece and lean it against the wall. You can also consider placing it on an exposed bookshelf or another shelf protruding from the wall.
A piece of art can be a valuable addition to your home — only when the placement, frame, and context of the room are considered carefully, however. If you want your painting’s best qualities to be highlighted, it’s important to consider how and where you hang it. Consider the essential three factors above, and you will have created an environment where your painting can thrive.
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