The most common mistake I see when visiting a client’s home for the first time,is floating artwork. Are you guilty of hanging your artwork between the floor and ceiling?
There is an art to hanging artwork, and today’s article is designed to enlighten you in this area. Please read on!
There are some principles of design that can be broken, to make a design statement. But hanging artwork at the proper height is an important design element to master. Not only will you enjoy your artwork more, but the whole room will be more balanced.
Relate To Human Size: Many SCV homes have vaulted ceilings, which makes for a very dramatic effect. It is important to realize that although the ceiling may soar to fifteen feet, the artwork needs to relate to human height. Here’s a tip to hang your art perfectly every time. Approximately 60-65 inches from the floor to the center of the art is a guideline. Of course consider the area you are hanging the art, over a sofa, you may want to lower the piece a bit. On a stairway, follow the angled line of the wall. For a grouping, think of it as a unit, and the center of the grouping will be placed at the 60-65 inch mark.
Relate To Wall Size: Select smaller scale artwork for small spaces and larger works larger walls. A tall narrow wall as shown in photo can best be served by a random grouping like this, or four rectangular photos placed two over two. It is helpful when grouping artwork to think of the composition as one unit. Then you can easily mix photos, artwork and mirrors as in this photo.
Relate To Furniture: A general rule is 75% of the width of a sofa is a good size for a piece of art to place over that sofa. You can select a smaller piece of art and balance it with some wall sconces, but the maximum of that grouping, should not exceed 75% of the width of the sofa.
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