October 21, 2019

Wall art hanging isn’t for the faint of heart sometimes. Here are some handy tips on how to choose and hang your new portrait art!

The first thing we do is decide on the must-have images from your proofing session. You can judge the placing of them by the orientation of the images you want to hang… then you can decide places in your home TO hang them. I always advise clients to take a mental (or physical) picture of their home and the places most suitable for hanging portraits to imagine how these images will look there. This helps us decide on the SIZES for you to actually order…. and the layout to use if necessary. There are TONS of templates you can find online to suit your fancy for layouts. Here are a couple of general ones I found that I use and love:

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Once you decide on the images and the layout…and you order your prints, its time to frame and hang those suckers! Researching this topic, I came up with a bunch of great ideas for the actual hanging of the art. But Architectural Digest seemed to hit the nail on the head pretty perfectly (pun intended).

“Hang the thing. Yes, there is a semi-science to the art of getting the height of a piece just right—it’s called measuring (!). To be exact, the center of a framed piece of artwork should be 57 inches above the ground (that being the average human eye level, and the height galleries and museums use to decide where to hang pieces). Mark that height using a pencil, then measure to find the middle of the wall (from side to side), and mark where the two points meet. That’s where the middle of your artwork should go!

Now, measure the distance between the middle of the piece and where it will catch the nail (either where the wire hits when bent to bear weight, or where the saw tooth hanger is.

Measure that difference from your mid-point mark on the wall—that’s where the nail (or picture hanger, or wall anchor, or brick clamp) goes. If you’re hanging a super-heavy piece, first use a stud-finder to locate a stud and see if it’s in a logical location for your nail to go. If it is, hammer a big nail in and be done. If the stud is in a weird location, use the anchor-and-screw method instead: Drill a pilot-hole, tap the plastic anchor into it, then screw a screw into that, leaving it to protrude just enough that you can loop the wire or saw tooth right over it the same way you would with a nail”

After your portraits are hung proudly… stand back and admire your hard work! Congratulations! You did it!


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