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The Art of Hanging Art

Getting your home ready for the market or settling into your new home brings the challenge of finding just the right pictures or photos for the variety of areas in your home. If it is not hung correctly or in the best place, the impact of a fantastic piece of art can be lost. Art is generally the focal point of a room so location is more important than or at least as important as the location of the furniture. We all know the frustration of lining up an artwork so it is just so and then realizing once it is placed on the wall that it is too high, not centered, etc. It doesn’t take long before your wall looks like it was used as a dart board with all the "misplaced holes".


Here are a few suggestions for hanging pictures, art and mirrors:

1. Create a template the size of the picture(s) you are considering hanging (a piece of paper or newspaper will do). Gently tape it up where you are considering hanging it. You will quickly get an impression of what the picture's height, size & location will look like and how a grouping will read. For smaller pictures, lay them out on the floor before beginning to hang them.

2. Pictures should be loose-wired and hung on double hooks. This is especially important for larger pictures and pictures on walls subject to vibrations. Keep in mind that picture hooks should be appropriate to the size and weight of an item. Many people underestimate the weight of some of the frames that are out there. 

3. Picture height: gallery height is 56 inches to the centre of the picture and designed for rooms where people are usually standing e.g. hallways.

Height above a piece of furniture: the picture should be no more than 8 to 10 inches above a sofa, chair, or table (Note: when sitting, heads will not hit pictures at this height).

In general, higher positioning feels more formal, lower positioning feels more informal. Therefore if you are looking to create an intimate room, you want to keep your pictures low.


4. Generally, you do not need to locate a wall stud to hang a picture from, but if the piece is very large or heavy discuss more secure hanging methods with an installer.

5. Try to group smaller pieces together by subject or colour. It will create a more focused effect and have more impact. Make sure to find special locations for the really important items. 

6. Don't forget the lines (eg. window sills, door frames, items which will sit on a mantle, etc.) near a piece as this can have an impact on where or how you hang it. 


Art can help create the atmosphere you are looking for in your home whether you are settling in or want to draw attention to its features for buyers. The old saying "A picture is worth a thousand words" can do just that in your home so you want it to speak the right language and placement can do just that. As for placement of your home in the market, let me take care of arranging just the right strategy for you to get the best exposure in the real estate market. Give me a call and we can start planning together. 

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