You’re out and about and you see a painting or framed photograph that you just must have. Without a thought as to where you’ll hang your new treasure you go ahead and buy it.
You arrive home and can’t wait a moment longer to get it on the wall. Should be easy enough, right, hammer in a hook and away you go. This is the point at which so many people go wrong. When it comes to hanging artwork in your home or office there are some definite ‘dos and don’ts’.
Birds of a Feather . . .
If you only own a few pieces of art the temptation is to spread them around the house. You’ll create a much stronger effect if you create collections in one area. Artworks that share a common theme can be grouped together, such as family portraits, landscapes, nature and nautical.
Lighting and Reflections
Sounds simple but getting this wrong can ruin your display. Of course, no-one expects you to install the type of lighting system galleries use, but you can take steps to highlight your pieces in the best possible way.
Pieces that have been framed using glass will reflect direct light, making it hard to view the subject matter. To avoid this problem, use downlights or carefully positioned spotlights. It is advisable to keep all artwork out of direct sunlight.
It’s equally important to avoid hanging artwork in damp places, like the bathroom or laundry. Even if the piece is glass-framed the moisture can get in and cause damage.
A common mistake occurs when hanging art above a piece of furniture. Matching a small painting with a large piece of furniture will detract from the artwork. Conversely, a huge painting can swamp everything else in the room.
Less is More
Resist the urge to cover every wall in your home with art; less is often more. If you own many pieces. Keep some in storage and then change your display around every few months to create a new effect. Striking a balance between grouping artworks together and overfilling a wall is important. When you cover every wall, no one painting will take centre stage.
Art for Art’s Sake
Please don’t choose artwork to match your décor! That’s not what art’s about. You should buy pieces because you love them or because they are a good investment. They don’t have to match the curtains! Remember, artwork is timeless whereas you’re sure to change your furniture and fittings over time.
The Right Tools for the Job
Finally, if you value both your artwork and your walls, choose the right picture hanging solution. Hammering nails into your wall will cause long-term damage and may not be strong enough to support the artwork.
Instead choose picture hanging systems UK, the type of system galleries and museums use and now very affordable for the home and office.
Picture hanging solutions UK comprise purpose-designed tracking, hangars and adjustable hooks. They make hanging artwork so simple and give you the flexibility to move pieces around as often as you like without damaging your walls.