How to Hang Your Art Like a Pro
Art Collections are built with passion and selected based on personal taste and interest. More often than not it results in an ever-growing collection but your walls aren’t growing with it. So how do we mitigate this problem while also presenting the work in its best light? Whether you are hanging your first piece in your home, adding to a growing collection, or rehanging a well-developed collection it is beneficial to know the standard rules of hanging, when to break them, and how to arrange work in a polished and focused display.
Art galleries such as Studio Sixty Six are well-versed in the practice of hanging art and while we do offer advice and services, such as hanging work and curating collections in homes and offices, we want to help you learn about hanging practices and how to do it yourself. We’ve collected our March hanging art tips and compiled them into a handy blog post.
Painting by Studio Sixty Six artist Natalie Bruvels
The ‘where’ of hanging work involves more than just choosing the room and wall where it will be placed. There are many decisions that need to be made for an artworks placement. We have provided you with a couple of starting points that will take the guesswork out of your hanging placement.
Painting by Studio Sixty Six artist Yvonne Wiegers
In cases where the work is being hung above the furniture the height standards will be different. Instead, position the work so that the bottom of the frame is 8 to 10 inches above the furniture piece. You want the artwork to be visually connected instead of floating high above.
Printmaking on fabric by Studio Sixty Six artist Guillermo Trejo
HANGING ARTWORK GROUPINGS
Painting by Studio Sixty Six artists Gabriela Avila Yiptong and fabric artist Allyson Rousseau
In this second grouping, you can see that the works play well together because of their similar monochromatic colour schemes. Visual interest is added through the differences. In this case, it is added through complimentary framing.
Photo by Yannis Sourris, Collage by Studio Sixty Six artist Amy Thompson
Grouping artwork together by colour can produce a variety of moods. This can be done by focusing on a shared colour between the pieces themselves or working with an overall colour scheme between the works in your collection and your wall/decor colours. Shared colours in decor can emphasize the colours in the work and the mood in the room. This example utilizes the shared blue of these photo-based works along with the wall colour to create a serene and calming atmosphere.
Example 4: Group Artworks on a Shelving Unit or Bookcase
Deep bookshelves give you the luxury to play with layers. Lean artwork along the back of the shelves, and anchor them by placing a few small pieces of art near the front of the shelves to give them depth. Here we have a combination of monochromatic artworks and small paintings that compliment the back of the shelving unit.
Photo by Studio Sixty Six artists Troy Moth, sculpture Susan Roston, paintings Gabriela Avila Yiptong, Custom Shelving Unit by Janise Saikaley
We hope this was helpful. Now go enjoy hanging and putting your art on display! If you'd like more information, call Studio Sixty Six' director and designer Carrie Colton, at 613 355 0359 or email her email@example.com