Hanging art, photos, pictures and mirrors is easy, right? Well, yep. You pop a nail or picture hook into a wall and sit the picture or mirror on top – it is that simple. But getting the configuration right – and the positioning exactly tight – can be a little more difficult. Here, we explain everything you need to know.
- Arrange everything from one bottom line. It gives the eye something to focus on, and helps to bring order to something that could be chaotic: for example, if you’re hanging a lot of small or medium sized pictures or shelves or objects on one wall. Keep in mind too that that bottom line can start lower down than you might think, as we all have a tendency to hang pictures quite high up on the wall – so play around with how high or how low you place the bottom line
- Soften up the hard lines of a doorway or fireplace by framing them with pictures, art and mirrors – remember, you don’t just have to place artwork in the middle of a wall, it can quite literally go anywhere
- One large image (by large, we mean really, really large), is probably the easiest way to make a statement. It is also a really effective way to make the room feel larger, even if it’s a small space. You don’t need to shy away from big design and big impact, just because the room is a little bit smaller than you’d like!
- Choose unusual-shaped frames and hang them in unusual spaces – for example, that slim snippet of space between kitchen cupboards, or behind the loo in the downstairs cloakroom. It jazzes up a space, creates interest and helps to fill gaps – plus, the use of unusual frames will always create a talking point. It’s the same kind of thinking behind decorating your downstairs loo with cat wallpaper – it’ll always get people talking!
- Hang a picture ledge, and you can then mix and match your art, accessories and photos as and when it takes your fancy. It’s a bit like a temporary art gallery, and you can then add new bits and pieces or swap them out if your style changes, or if you’re the type of person who likes to change things up quite frequently
- Group some images within a framework to turn them into a larger piece of artwork – arrange them on the floor first so you can get a sense of composition, then hang them on the wall.