Sunday, October 13, 2013

Picture Hanging

Hello Blog Readers, Over the past several days I have been asked many questions regarding the correct height of picture hanging on a wall. It is correct to hang art at eye level. Most clients have a tendency to hang their art much too high on the wall, for fear it is too low. Also, they are in great fear of wall groupings. Generally, I tend to center paintings around furniture so the gallery wall does not appear to be floating in mid space. Hallways are a great area in the home to do a gallery wall. There is more freedom to be creative, only being concerned with size and overall scale balance. A very important factor that client's forget about is that the frame and matting are very important. The frame and matting are what I call "the jewelry."If you are given a piece of art as a gift or from your family's collection, it may be necessary to re frame the piece so that it fits in with your decor. One exception to the rule; if the piece is an antique, I would personally not take it out of it's frame as the value will be compromised and the integrity of the painting will change. The art in one's home is very personal. With this in mind, I tell my clients to hang art that inspires them and has meaning or fond memories. Do not be concerned with friend's or visitors opinions on your taste in wall art. Happy hanging! Robin