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Where to Place Art – Insider Tips

With some careful thought, choosing a piece of artwork for your living space can transform and instil it with an individual charm. From minimalist contemporary pieces to colourful pop-art and photography, make your interior extraordinary by displaying your artwork like a pro. It makes a great difference if you know some of the tricks of the trade about how to place art. Here are our top tips for hanging artwork in your home, office or hotel.

Positioning

You have just purchased a unique piece of art from a newly discovered artist. Now where to put it? Even for established art collectors, this is a valid question.
Art can be the focal point of the room or a complement to it. A colourful piece of artwork can bring life to a neutrally painted room or neutral furniture. If your artwork is the focal point, the remaining décor in the room should be arranged and coloured to match the piece of art. A large minimalist piece in a simple frame can bring a modern room together without losing the minimalist look. An eclectic group arrangement can add flair to a bohemian bedroom or a colourful family room. A large landscape or cityscape photograph can complement the location of a hotel.

Rabid Animals 18 surreal Stéphane Vereecken

The Rules of Hanging Art

Most people hang their art pieces too high. The centre of the piece should be at eye level or, more precisely, 57 inches (145cm) above the floor. Measure and mark that height using a tape measure and a pencil. Then measure to find the middle (from side to side of the couch or wall). The middle of your artwork should be in a place where the two marks meet.
When hanging a single statement piece above the sofa, it should be approximately 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) above the sofa and 70-75% of the size of the sofa. This applies to sideboards and double beds too.
When hanging a group of artwork, visual balance is essential. Heavier pieces should be underneath and left. If small pieces of art are grouped in a large space, they will be lost. It would be better to put these pieces in smaller areas, nooks, and crannies to create a unique little corner where the artwork can shine.
Similarly, with large pieces, you should allow enough room for viewers to step back and take in the whole scene.
When hanging in a group, one of the tricks of the trade is to trace each frame on craft paper or newspaper, label them and start hanging up these pieces with tape until you are happy with the placing. Then it’s time to hammer nails into your beautiful walls.

Another trick is to make sure the spacing between the pictures is tight when hanging in groups. Tight spacing looks better than wide spacing for multiple frames.
Now that you know the rules of hanging – feel free to break them!

Less conventional ways of hanging your art involve breaking these rules and includes layering and propping.
To layer, simply overlap the frames of your pieces for a quirky and different look. You can layer while hanging or layer while propping your art against walls.
To prop, simply lean the frame on the back of a chair, or on the floor against a wall, or on a shelf, table or ledge somewhere.
Another unorthodox way to hang art is to mount the art on a bookshelf. Simply attach a hook that can hold the weight of the art piece and hang it!

Pick the right style

Artwork in your home or office should match your interior styling. As a general rule symmetrical arrangements are more traditional or formal. Minimal interiors need exact measurements and the edges should be perfectly straight, symmetrical and balanced. An asymmetrical grouping is more modern and would suit pop-art and surreal photography or large abstract pieces. For more cosy and colourful interiors you can make use of the unconventional ways to hang the art, like propping, layering. Group hangings can be asymmetrical.


Hanging Art in Hotels

There has been an increasing trend in hotels becoming fine art spaces. The right artwork creates personality and atmosphere in hotel rooms and lobbies. The rules for hanging art apply just as well to hotels, as does breaking them – depending on the interior design style desired. The piece of art in each room can become the focal point for the room, the décor and the name of the room. Alternatively, a series of limited edition prints could be the perfect way to keep the décor in the same style, but different in each room.
Hotel lobbies are great places to play with the placing of art and are often the ideal space to show of a large modern piece of art or photography.

A quality limited-edition print or original artwork from an established artist makes a unique and special addition to your living space. A single piece of art can create the right atmosphere in your home, office or hotel.

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