Guidelines to Installation of Artwork Singles or Groupings
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Groupings, pairs, salon style or as a ‘single’
With all the recommendations and ‘rules’ below, just remember, a beautiful painting will look beautiful wherever you place it. Place it where you will enjoy it to the fullest.
Fireplaces with architectural moulding nailed in place in a rectangle or sometimes in 2 rectangles can greatly limit what can be hung. Two options: Remove the moulding to create one large space or purchase/commission paintings, a pair, or a diptych that pleases you and works in the space.
For a less formal look above a fireplace, set the painting on the mantel rather than hanging it. This placement is also helpful if the room has a lower ceiling and the painting is large. It gives the illusion or more space around the art.
Sofa, Couch, Love Seat, Buffet….
Place artwork 10” or more above the back of a sofa so heads will not bump on the frames.
Don’t be afraid of asymmetry; it can provide dynamism to the space, add a flavor of contemporary/abstract/modern to a traditional grouping. Asymmetry works well if a thermostat is poorly placed on the wall; the art, artfully arranged can overcome that poor placement.
Shape of the Space
Proximity to the artwork
Look for opportunities to place artwork in places to fill gaps created by other objects or furniture in the room. A lamp on an end table may create the perfect place for a small painting to be viewed just under the lampshade, easily enjoyed in an area where everyone is seated.
Color and Color Threads
For a grouping with many small paintings or family photographs, the color tone of the frames will help to unify the group. If some frames are different/darker, try to arrange them together in the center with extra space between them and the next grouping of art in lighter tone frames.
Too much of any one color can make a grouping blend together. Work toward a grouping design so the threads of color flow from one painting to the next, while letting each work of art be a ‘star’ and also a good ‘neighbor’ to the paintings around it.
Be creative in placement of artwork
Bookshelves are also great places for small paintings. There is nothing more boring than bookshelves with only books. Move a few books aside and place small sculpture or small paintings in those spaces. It invites the viewer to come closer to enjoy smaller works of art at eye level.
Creative unique easels on coffee tables or mantels add a variety of visual levels and soften the visual hard edges of the furniture.
Designing a large or complex grouping
Or lay the art on tracing paper, marking the center top and bottom of each one, measuring the one piece in the center and work out from the center. Hold or lightly tape the tracing paper up on the wall and mark the wall in pencil as needed. Nails would go in the center spots, although two nails for each piece will help the art hang straight and provides greater security on the wall.
Tree formats are very pleasing to the eye, using a vertical painting directly below a horitzontal painting often looks more creative and adds diversity to an otherwise static grouping.
Very heavy art or mirrors should not be hung with wire, instead use the appropriate size D-Rings or Mirror hangers in combination with togle bolts to safely support the weight. Ask for professional art installation assistance if in doubt.
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