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How to Position and Hang Pictures Correctly

By: Kelly-Rose Bradford - Updated: 16 Jul 2012 | comments*Discuss
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Art House Style

Pictures and paintings add a point of interest to any room or wall space, and give you the opportunity to express your personality and taste - and indeed your own artist flair - whilst giving your home it's own stamp of individuality.

Where to Hang?

Choosing where to hang your pictures - be they paintings, framed photographs or even posters - can be a trying process. What initially appears to be a perfect spot could look completely wrong once the picture is up - light could reflect off the frame for instance, or a shadow could be cast over the image. And sometimes pictures can just look completely different once hung in your home to what they do in a capacious gallery or shop.

Floor Space

Laying your pictures out on the floor to get an idea of how they will look on the wall is a good idea. Have fun moving them around and playing around with different configurations - you'll know instantly when the layout is right - just as you will if it is wrong!

Style Guide

Do not be afraid of hanging different styles of picture or different types of frame together - you do not have to go for a linear, completely matching effect. An eclectic mix of precious photos in a myriad of frames can produce a much more interesting result than a carefully and methodically arranged run of identically framed prints.

Keeping With Tradition

Traditionally, certain parts of the house have been used for displaying particular styles of picture - the Victorians liked to decorate their hallways with pictures of scenery, for example, the Scottish Highlands, or foreign landscapes, or to have their ancestors looming down from the stairwell.

Today of course, anything goes, and whilst your hallway, if long and plain, still provides the perfect backdrop for a panoramic series of pictures, it is entirely up to you what you hang and where you hang it!

Making Shapes

There are instances, of course, where the space available will dictate your hanging pattern. For instance, a long, narrow wall space is much more suited to a long, narrow print, than a fat, square one. Similarly, hanging a series of pictures vertically in a long narrow space will be much more aesthetically pleasing that hanging them horizontally. Mirroring the proportions of the space is a good rule of thumb when deciding how to hang more than picture in a restricted area.

Crafty Ideas

If you are on a budget, get creative with some basic materials to really brighten up your home. Why not frame your children's paintings for a truly one-off 'new master'?! Surprise visitors by hanging quirky pics in your loo - how about a collage of family photos? Make your own trendy canvas style pictures by stretching a piece of brightly patterned fabric over a wooden frame - simply staple to the back of the wood, keeping the fabric as tight as possible - for an effective, bang on trend but easy-on-the-pocket look.

Well Equipped

Before you start hanging your pictures, make sure you have all the right equipment to hand - a proper picture hanging kit can be purchased on the high street for just a few pounds - and picture hooks and picture wire are a whole lot easier to work with than a random collection of nails and a piece of string!

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