Monday, March 29, 2010

Hanging Art Work

By: Kimberley Pacholko
White Swan Properties
One of the most common errors I see home owners make is to hang their art work to high. By lowering your art work and allowing it to become part of the furniture groupings you will greatly enhance the visual appeal and continuity.

Here are a few guidelines to follow when hanging art:
1. In hallways hang you pictures at the standard art gallery height of 54" (eye level).

2. When hanging art above a sofa the art piece should be hung about 6" above the sofa (sometimes even less).
3. Keep artwork hung above a fire place mantle low and in scale with the mantle and chimney breast. All art placed here should be considered as part of the mantle arrangement. Therefore place it low enough so that the picture becomes part of any grouping of accessories placed on the mantle.
4. Hang pictures about 8" above larger pieces of furniture and try to select a piece that is 2/3 the size of the piece of furniture. (Several pictures can be grouped together to create a similar effect keep the spacing between these pictures minimal, no more than 2-3" for larger pictures and even less more smaller ones).
5. In dining rooms hang art work at seated eye-level.

6. Select art that is harmonious with home and style of furnishings (hunting pictures may look good with a colonial theme rooms but do nothing for a contemporary room).

7. Select artwork that is in proper scale and proportion to the room, the wall and the pieces of furniture above which they hang.

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