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7 TIPS FOR PROPERLY ARRANGING WALL ART

February 18, 2022

Have you ever been faced with a bare wall and not sure what to do with it? Wall art is the perfect solution in this situation! The thing is, setting up art can be intimidating. That’s why we came up with some creative tips and tricks for properly arranging wall art for the best setup possible. Make sure to share these tips with your customers to help ensure sales!

7 Tips for Arranging Wall Art

There are a few small things that you can do when hanging wall art to elevate the whole look of it. These tips will help transform a room into an art gallery without a lot of effort.

1. Hang All Wall Art at Eye Level (When Possible)

People tend to hang their wall art too low. People will think they’re hanging them at eye level, but they’re hanging the attachment at eye level.

Instead of hanging the attachment at eye level, focus on the center of the art being eye level.

Many interior designers say to use the “57 inches on center” rule, meaning that the center of your wall art should be 57 inches from the floor. 57 inches is around the height that people’s eyes are at. This technique is used in many art galleries.

Of course, this doesn’t always work out. If you have low ceilings, you may not be able to use the 57-inch rule. You can instead hang your art around three-fourths of the height of your wall.

Woman hanging up wall art

2. Have Fun with Frames

It’s easy to forget about frames when arranging beautiful artwork, but frames are an important part of the whole look.

Look at the art you want to put up and see what frames would compliment it. If you have an art piece with a lot of colors then a minimalist frame would suit it. If the art is delicate lines, a bold frame may bring it out better.

Think of frames as another layer of art when pairing the two together.

3. Take Your Time

While the act of hanging wall art is fairly straightforward, it doesn’t mean you should rush it. While it’s not permanent, the fewer holes in your wall the better.

The best way to go about hanging wall art is to plan it out before. You can cut out pieces of paper the size of each piece of art and arrange them on your wall. You can take pictures of your favorite arrangements and compare them.

This is a great strategy if you have a hard time visualizing things.

4. Balance is Important

Like with creating art, hanging art requires balance. You want to make sure your wall art works with the furniture in the room. You don’t want the art to disappear behind your furniture, but you don’t want the room to look overcrowded.

Wall art should be around two-thirds the size of your main furniture, like couches or beds.

If you’re hanging multiple pieces, it’s important to spread bigger pieces among smaller pieces. You should also include at least one of the larger pieces of art on the bottom.

If you have one big piece and a bunch of little pieces, have the big piece be in the center and the smaller ones surround it.

Wall art of different sizes on a wall

5. Space Pieces Out

This piece of advice is similar to balance but different. Balance is for the overall look, while spacing is for individual pieces. It’s important that you have the right amount of space in between each piece.

If they’re too close together it will look overcrowded. If you space them too far out, they won’t look cohesive.

Designers suggest having two to five inches between each piece.

6. Think About Lighting

It’s important to think about lighting when setting up your wall art. Whether you choose a well-lit room or choose a specific light for the art, it’s important to know how light will affect your art. There are different types of lights you can install to enhance the look of your art.

Natural light and halogen lights can make some pieces of art fade. This is because of heat and ultraviolet (UV) light. It essentially will start to burn away the art if it’s put too close.

So don’t place art too close to windows or halogen lights. You can also use LED lights when illuminating your art instead. They don’t give off UV light and generate very little heat, making them a safer choice.

Wall art with a small light above it

7. Use Your Whole House

Don’t hang art just in bedrooms or living rooms. Be bold! Hang some art in the bathroom, entryway, or other rooms where art isn’t usually hung.

Remember, it’s not just to show off your art to your friends and family, it’s for your enjoyment! So put your art anywhere you want!

Some Extra Tips and Tricks to Help You

One Final Check

Before finalizing your art’s placement on the wall, try hanging it up with low adhesive tape. You never know, once everything is up you may not like how it looks. Using tape will allow you to take anything down without damaging your walls.

Keep Tools Nearby

Make sure to have all your tools nearby. There’s nothing like finding the perfect spot and then realizing you don’t have your tools in the room. The usual tools to have are nails, a hammer, a stud finder (for heavier art pieces), and a level.

Image of hammer and nails

Hanging Art on Different Types of Walls

Depending on the type of wall you have, there are different ways to hang wall art. This article by Ballard Designs has a great guide on how to hang wall art in a variety of ways.

How You Can Use This Knowledge to Make Sales

You’re probably wondering how reading about setting up wall art will help you make sales. It’s a fair question.

The first way to increase sales is to share this information with your customers. This information makes for easy social media posts or emails. By sharing this information you’ll create a conversation about wall art overall.

Second, there are some people or places that don’t really hang art on their walls. This can be educational, especially combined with our other article, How Wall Art Can Enhance Your Home. The combination of these two articles can help those who have no background in interior design or help them understand why people like to hang things on their walls better.

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