Hanging art to a living space definitely adds class and personality and I believe nothing completes a design like art. I prefer monochromatic abstract pieces. In my opinion they make a space look so stylish and sophisticated.
PHOTOGRAPHS: Anne Nyblaeus
DESIGN: Annika Rutegård
Here are some tips on hanging art in your home:
- If you’re hanging art that will be viewed from a standing position such as in an entryway or hallways, 57-60 inches from the floor to the center of the piece is a good guideline. In rooms with high ceilings artwork can be hung a little higher than 60 inches.
- The same rule applies if you’re working with a grouping of pictures hung on a wall, think of the grouping as one large picture and relate the center of the entire grouping to the eye-level.
- Dont forget you need to relate artwork to the furnitere below it. Hang art over a sofa or headboard so that the bottom of the frame is 8 to 10 inches above the furniture piece; the art should be visually connected to it, not floating high above it. But this rule won’t work if your artwork is very small. In that case, try adding other art or decorative items to fill out the composition.
- For a tall vertical picture , forget the center rule; just make sure the top one-third area of the picture is near eye level.
- If you’re hanging artwork by yourself, cut paper templates to size for each piece of art and attach the paper cutouts to the wall with painter’s tape. This will give you the option to stand back and see how the artwork’s size relates to your room and your furniture. Move the template up and down to find the perfect spot prior to hanging the picture.