How to Arrange Pictures on a Wall
You’re tired of staring at those blank walls and think it’s time to put some of your framed artwork and photos to good use. Good for you! Nothing warms up a room like tastefully decorated walls. But where to start?
Many people are stumped when it comes to determining how to decorate room walls with pictures. If you have a number of smaller prints and photos, creating just the right groupings can be a nightmare if you don’t do some advanced planning. Coming up with visually pleasing arrangements beforehand is the key to creating artful, interesting wall displays
Here are some proven techniques for decorating your walls with pictures. They will surely help get your decorating juices flowing!
Symmetry and balance is my middle name. After all, I am a Libra. I rarely stray from symmetrical picture arrangements in my home. This placement is ideal for a collection of images that are the same or similar in size or subject matter. Space your pictures at equal intervals along and around a center axis or point.
If you have a group of pictures that are identical in size and subject matter, such as botanical prints, consider using a symmetrical grid pattern to create a dramatic display. A collection of multiple framed pictures has the same impact as a single large image. Get out your level, pencil and tape measure and plot our your placement on the wall!
You can really get creative with an asymmetrical arrangement of pictures on your wall. Go through your photos and prints picking out your favorites. Use pictures of any size, shape, color and subject matter for an asymmetrical arrangement.
Although this type of picture arrangement looks totally spontaneous, it does take a bit of planning to create order out of chaos. Keep in mind you need to hang your pictures in a way to balance the visual weight vertically and horizontally.
You could use a trial and error approach, but you run the risk of making unnecessary holes in the wall. Play it safe by arranging your pictures on the floor and making any adjustments before hanging them on the wall.
Walls along stairways are often overlooked when it comes time to hang pictures. You travel up and down the stairs many times during the course of a day. In some homes, a staircase is the focal point of a room, or at least visible to other rooms. Don’t let this potential picture display space go to waste! Surely you have many family photos available – vintage and current – to create a family gallery.
As with any asymmetrical arrangement, a stair step display requires some thought and rough measurements. Create a straight line (with a string and finishing nails), following the angle of your stairs. Use this line to arrange the first “row” of pictures. This row should contain pictures that carry the most visual weight. You can use a variety of picture sizes. Just make sure the line runs diagonally (or as close to it), through each picture.
Continue by hanging your other pictures above and below the first line of pictures, making sure they follow the rise of the stair steps. Maintain consistent spacing between the pictures – both horizontally and vertically.
Shelf or Ledge Display
Not that handy with a level and measuring tape? Not to worry. Get a family member or neighbor to help install simple floating shelves to serve as picture ledges. You don’t have to worry about the exact placement of pictures – you can change them out and rearrange them to suit your decorating whims.
Mix and match picture sizes, frame styles and mats. Just lean your pictures up against the wall, stand back and admire your decorating skills! You can wrap the shelves along an inside corner to create a picture nook. Or, install two or three levels of shelves to create and entire wall display.
To keep your pictures from slipping off the shelves, use tiny bits of double-sided picture tape to secure them in place. Another option is to purchase actual picture ledges that feature a raised edge along the front to keep pictures on the ledge, and off the floor!
Unified groupings of pictures also appeal to my need for organization and cohesiveness. A unified grouping works equally well in casual or formal rooms. Here’s a great example: unify a collection of black and white prints with matching mats and identical frames.
The pictures themselves don’t necessarily have to be the same size. Utilizing like image colors, mats and frames will unite the group. Include other types of wall décor that pick up the black and white theme. You can use any one of the above techniques to display your unified grouping.
Great Picture Hanging Tips!
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