Putting your new favorite posters, framed prints and other works of art on the wall is not always easy.
You are not sure how to put your pictures in the best light?
You want to hang them without frames or nails?
Here comes our guide to hang up pictures.
When we first started we must admit we just put it up on the wall without any thought on the position of the images and the “best viewing” position. So, how actually do we hang our prints? Our team at redbasics.com have come up with a few tips for you.
Before you start
Collect ideasThere is no ideal way to hang your pictures or posters, so think about where and how. Does the type of hanging fit the room? Does the room height fit? The rule of thumb is: place your artwork about 1.60 meters above the ground.
Try itBefore reaching for the hammer, start a first try on the ground. As soon as you have decided on a layout, let a friend put the posters on the wall and take another picture of it.
Better safe than sorryCare must be taken when drilling. Whether pipes or electrical wiring, you never know what might be lurking behind your walls. It is best to use a cable indicator or ask your landlord for installation plans. Always turn off the power before drilling.
Now Which hanging?You are totally lost, because you have found exactly the kind of wall art that makes you happy. But how can you best stage the new favourite piece? Here is an overview of your options:
Simply hanging posters unsystematically on the walls does not necessarily create a cozy atmosphere, but rather spreads a certain restlessness in the room. So think about exactly where and how you would like to place your posters, for example as individual motifs on the shelf or rather as part of a picture wall. Here we present a few of our tricks and tricks to bring coziness and harmony into your four walls.
Salon-hangingDeriving from the style of the Hermitage in St Petersburg, Petersburg Hanging involves packing as many pieces as possible together, to show you the breadth of your collection.
- Experiment with differing styles placed together – perfect correlation of sizes is unnecessary, so combine different textures, framed/unframed, prints and dimensions to create a melange of formats and features.
- Begin in the middle and work outwards. If you begin with what you have, you can add to your collection without continually having to re-design your gallery wall.
- Arrange your images on the floor before you mount them to the wall, ensuring that you are completely sure of your preferred layout before you put any nails into the wall. Use tape to set a limit on where the images begin and end so that you can be confident that your pieces are straight.
- Above all, don’t worry about traditional aesthetics or conventions. You are going to see the wall more than anyone else, so decide on a style that you like and run with it.
That’s how it works:
Do you have posters in different sizes? Don’t panic! For example, you can align them horizontally in a row.
That’s how it works:Depending on the furnishings and room size, you can hang your prints on the top or bottom edge or align them to their centerline – just as you like it!
Tip:Why not tell a story with pictures? By combining typographic prints, colorful illustrations or minimalist geometric works, you can send your guests on an artistic journey.
The GridA grid can be a great way to display art if you have a few pictures of the same size.
- When hanging pictures in a grid formation treat them as one large picture.
- This also applies when hanging a pair of artworks, either one above the other or side by side.
- Try to get a sense of the proportions and see it within the context of all the other elements in the room.
- Leave a gap of 5cm between larger pictures and 4cm if they’re smaller.
- Top Tip: Loop a thread at one end and secure a weight to the other end. Once you have attached the top row of hooks or nails to the wall, hang the thread on it. That way, you can have a straight line to guide you and ensure that you align the lower rows exactly in line with those above.
The loose gridYou are looking for a middle way between strict symmetry and creative chaos? Try the loose grid! It consists of prints in different sizes, but is oriented along a symmetry axis.
- Hang two rows of prints of different sizes so that the edges are parallel to each other. This is how you create unity and excitement.
- Or place a row of prints of the same size between two such rows, which functions as a mirror axis. This can be horizontal or vertical.
That’s how it works:
Tip:If you want to hang several prints between two windows, place them on the same vertical line. With works of art in different sizes, the effect is simply great!
What is the ideal height?
Regardless of which style you decide to hang, always try to keep the center of your artwork at eye level. This may vary depending on the frame size and wall height, but the rule of thumb is 1.60 meters above the ground.
If you hang several works in a grid, treat them as a whole – their common center should be at 1.60 meters height.
However, this can differ from one apartment to another. Include furniture and other objects in the picture wall – a window or door can also help you find the right height for your pictures. You can fine-tune your hanging accordingly.