By hanging artwork on your walls, you can add interest to any room or simply compliment your existing oak dining room furniture. Homeowners are often completely baffled when it comes to hanging artwork. They’re not always sure where they should hang it, how high they should hang it, and what pieces of art look the best. For those of you who are hesitant about hanging artwork in your home or just aren’t sure if your pictures are right, here is a basic guide to help you get the most out of your art.

Find the Right Height to Hang Your Art
The main guideline for hanging artwork is to hang each piece so that the center of the picture or group of pictures is at eye level. This may not always be possible. But it’s a great starting point to remember when you go to hang anything on the walls of your home.

Group Together Pictures and Art in a Fluid Manner
When a group of pictures is hung together, they need to be thought of as all one unit. It’s essential that they flow well together. A good approach to this is to lay out the pictures on the floor and play with the design concept to see what works best. Then the pictures can be hung straight from the floor, allowing you to keep the design you wanted.

Size Is Everything When Displaying Artwork
Artwork should always relate directly to the size of the wall. For a narrow wall, you don’t want to hang a wide picture but rather a narrow and tall picture. Or you might hang a set of pictures that are narrow and wide. For larger spaces, choose larger pieces or artwork or group some pieces together. For a large main wall, do more than simply hanging an 8×10 picture on it.

Use Shelving to Display Artwork
Try hanging a shelf on the wall for something a little different. You can then either place the art on the shelf or hang it right above. Other decorative items might be placed on the shelf that match the piece of artwork you are hanging. Be sure the shelf matches the style of the art so that they flow well with each other.

Use the Size of the Artwork to Accentuate Your Space
For a great focal point, use a large painting. Hanging a large piece of artwork in a room that will draw attention is a great way to keep things simple. Even better, hang it over a fireplace to make that fireplace the focal point as well.

A row of pictures hung in a horizontal line will add width to any room. Likewise, if you want to add height, stack one or two pictures on top of each other to create a vertical line.

Vary the Height of Your Pictures
For those who have trouble hanging pictures in a straight line, it may be time to try the offset approach. The pictures are hung at slightly different levels, completely bypassing the “perfectly straight” look. This will lend your décor a more casual look and works well in family rooms and bedrooms.

Don’t be afraid to get creative when you go to hang your artwork. When it comes to decorating your walls with artwork, it’s helpful to follow these basic guidelines, but don’t hesitate to add you own creative touch.

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