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Posted on Nov 02, 2021 by Danielle Hardy
The feeling of buying a new piece of art for your home is a special one. Whether you stumbled upon a beautiful picture at a local store or you found a floral print online that just spoke to you - art can truly transform your walls, and ultimately, your home. However, the steps for how to hang pictures on a wall are often overlooked! In this blog, we’ll walk you through tips for hanging pictures up (with and without nails) and ideas to make the most of your wall space.
Having a clear intention of where you want to put your print(s) will make it feel at “home” in its new space. Here are some questions to ask yourself: Do you want the print framed or unframed? Will your print be paired with more prints? Or do you want it to be a standalone piece on the wall? Can you use clips or string/wire to hang them? Or do you want to nail them into the wall?
If your art is in a heavy frame, your strategy is going to be different than if you were hanging an unframed print. Similarly, the size, shape, and space of your wall is going to impact how you’re going to proceed. So, make a brief game plan for yourself!
The supplies you need will depend on what you’re hanging and where you’re hanging it. But generally, these are the tools you’ll need:
Remember, be exact! It can be tempting to rush through this stage, but the less you plan - the more you’ll have to re-do and tweak (which takes a lot longer!). One thing to consider if you’re having a hard time deciding where to hang your prints: the industry standard suggests you’ll want the center of your frame to be 57 inches above the ground. (This is based on the average human eye level.)
Here are some other do’s and don’ts to keep in mind:
Skip the nails altogether and lean your print against the wall. You can do this by placing your print on a fireplace, shelf, dresser, cabinet, etc.
Make your art the focal piece of your home by framing it above your fireplace. Ideally, your print will take up enough space (about 50-75%) of the width of the fire surround and mantel.
Add a striking and creative flair to your home with floating shelves. It’s a wonderful way to show off multiple prints and other decorative accents in a way that’s chic and full of personality.
Makeover your blank walls with wall decals, murals, and wallpaper. They add so much beauty without the use of any nails - plus, they’re easily removable if your taste changes over time. Take advantage of our virtual design assistant to see exactly how they’ll look in your home. You’ll upload a picture of your space and choose a design. It’s as easy as that.
Sometimes a frame adds to the beauty of your print. Other times, it may distract from it. Decide which is best for you!
For a balanced and clean look, hang your prints side by side symmetrically. We especially love symmetrical placement when there are other bold accents on the wall like the above Watercolor Leaves Wall Decals.
Do you prefer a more playful aesthetic? Hang your prints asymmetrically! It’s an easy and fun way to add a sense of intrigue with your space. Plus, it takes up more space if you’re dealing with a big wall.
Last but not least, unleash your inner designer and make a photo gallery! We love photo galleries because they give you creative freedom to mix and match different photos and prints with different sizes. In fact, the more varied sizes, often the better your photo gallery will look!
For more wall decor inspiration and decoration tips, check out these wall mural ideas and these wall art ideas.