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The low down on hanging pictures

Posted on July 27 2015

Woken up to very autumnal weather this morning what is all that about? Yesterday it rained all day which actually I didn’t mind, and according to the Beeb we have two more days of this before it goes back to being fine.  Actually it was so snug inside and all those jobs that you put off because the weather has been good suddenly got tackled with gusto. Hallways got patched and tweaked, the studio got a bit of a revamp,  there were runs to the dump, lamps that haven’t been wired all season got fixed! Autumnal house-y stuff slap bang in the middle of summer.

Talking of my hallway I’ve edited mine a bit. I’ve removed an old cabinet right near my studio and instead I’m thinking of doing something (art wise) like the image above. Simple, cool and a little gallery-esq. Hanging paintings or artwork is all about spacing proportion and colour. Art is so transformative not just to the space but the to the emotion it gives off. I lugged and swapped around so much yesterday, photographs didn’t work (don’t ask me why they didn’t) nor did my big canvases with huge frames, anything with glass if the truth be told as the reflection from the big window was way too much.  Instead after a lot of trial and error I found unframed art in a row the answer. Here are my go to tips for hanging art, whether that’s on a wall like mine or above a mantle. There are tricks – but aren’t there always!

  1. If you’re going salon style, ie higgidy piggidy it’s best to arrange it on the floor first or a surface where you can view the arrangement before banging a whole load of nails into walls. You can even put the art on newspaper, cut around and stick the paper to the wall so you see how it looks before banging a zillion holes.
  2. This is a bit of no brainer but you’ll always be wanting to hang your artwork from two nails (ie either side of the picture) rather than one. I’ve done one before and the piece will be out of alignment in no time.
  3. Hang artwork lower than feels comfortable, the experts will tell you approx. 160 off the ground if there is no furniture below it of course. It will connect with your room far better. Going off radar for a mo I did this on the weekend with my hallway chandelier, dropped it a couple of hooks so its way more part of the room and it looks so much cooler!
  4. A common mistake I see a lot is a work of art hung over a fireplace with way to much space underneath it. Unless that space can be filled with things (which you shouldn’t really need to do) leave a little gap not a huge one.

That’s me done we have a crazy week ahead, the brochure to finalize and tweak, and a set design to nail which (team will kill me) I have changed my mind over again. Yet I have to trust my intuition something is not right and I can’t settle for it. Being a perfectionist is a pain in the ass I tell you!

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