How to Showcase Your Artwork

From a prized art possession, to photographs, prints and family portraits, frame what you love and make it a feature of a room. Hang your artwork like a pro with these tips from Shaynna Blaze. 

Size matters

If you are hanging one large piece of art over a piece of furniture, like a sofa or console table, the art should not be wider than the width of the furniture. A good guideline is for the width to be about two thirds, or no more than three quarters, of the width of the piece of furniture below it. 

As in the photo above, a large framed item or canvas is the perfect way to create a focal point in a room. The colours of a large piece placed in a prime position like over the sofa, or above a fireplace, is the perfect way to build your accent colours in a room, and then layer it out from there with touches of the colour in the lamps, accessories and even table book covers.

Collections

‘Salon installations’ is the fancy term given to hanging a group of artworks of different sizes and frames together, which often takes up a large chunk of a wall. There are no rules here but a good place to start is in the middle and work your way out. You’ll get a sense of what works well next to each other.  This is the perfect way to hang art or photographs that want to add to over time.

Ideally try to keep the distance between the frames consistent so they all fit together without large gaps of wall in between. At least 20mm apart is a guide.

An easy tip for hanging these collections is to cut out pieces of newspaper to the size of the artworks and arrange those on the wall first until you get the arrangement you are happy with. This will make it easy to move them around and try different configurations and then you can mark up the edges of the cutouts to help you measure where to hang each piece.   Try and keep most of your frames in the same colour so it takes away the feeling of clutter.

Out on a ledge

Picture ledges are a great way to showcase lots of framed works without having to hammer lots of holes in the wall. You can also mix it up by playing around with accessories and objects to give it a real eclectic feel.   A little Velcro dot, or some blu-tac underneath will also help hold them in place.

Ledges help group together items of different size, theme and shape, and make them all work as they are unified by the sheer fact they are all sitting on the same ledge. For added impact, paint the wall behind a dark feature colour with your white frames so the items in front stand out. 

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