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Hanging Hints

Now that you have your framed artwork, it's time to hang it properly to maximize your viewing pleasure. Properly hung artwork combines concern for the safety of the artwork with the aesthetic concerns of lighting and visual placement.

Effects of Lighting

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Care should be taken to hang the artwork in an area where it will not become damaged by heat, ultra-violet light or humidity. Hang your artwork out of the line of direct sunlight. In sunny environments, or in areas that are lit with fluorescent lighting, ask us about conservation quality UV filtering glass. Never hang your valuable artwork over a heat source or in an area that will be high in humidity (such as a steamy bathroom).

There are two basic lighting techniques available for your home: ambient 'room' lighting or 'spot' lighting. Room lighting is often preferable for the home because it allows the artwork to blend in with the rest of the room. Spotlights on the other hand, make a piece 'pop' - a nice touch for really special pieces. Spot lighting can be dramatic (using can lighting or light strips that are fixed to the wall or the frame itself) or subtle (using room lamps strategically placed to give ample direct light to the piece). When using spotlights be careful not to create shadows by using strong lights on a deep frame. Remember to keep your wiring as invisible as possible.

Hanging Height

Hang your artwork at the eye-level of the average person in the room. If you are hanging the art in a room where more time is spent seated than standing, eye-level should be lower. Hang smaller, more detailed pieces in small spaces such as hallways and corridors, where impact is less important than content and the artwork can be enjoyed up close. Larger, 'atmospheric' pieces require more room for the viewer to stand back and enjoy. Hang these pieces opposite the entrance to a room or at the end of a corridor.

Framed Sets

Unless you are striving for an eclectic antique shop look, groupings should look as though they belong together. Select frame styles that are compatible and matting styles that will work well together and create a balanced, unified look to the group as a whole. Spacing is an important element in grouping. Each picture should be placed not too far from nor too close to each other.

The most commonly recommended way to create balance in a grouping is to lay the entire layout on the floor. This will allow you to get a sense of how the grouping will look on the wall, allowing for adjustments and accurate measurements. Also you should align the top or bottom of the various pictures in the group.

Hanging Hardware

Ensure you use proper hanging hardware for your type of wall that will bear the weight of the framed artwork. Different wall materials require different types of hardware. Artworks that fall off your wall are not only a danger to the artwork but also to people nearby. If you are uncertain what type of hanging hardware you should be using contact your local hardware store for advice.

When hanging anything larger than 20 x 25 cm you should use two hooks. When determining where to put the hooks, use a spirit level to ensure that the picture will hang straight. This will help distribute the picture's weight more evenly and your picture will hang straight without constant adjustment.

"When hung correctly you can sit back and enjoy your new artwork for years to come!"

Richard Tarrant - Bio

Richard Tarrant - Founder and CEO of PictureStore Pty Ltd
Richard is founder and CEO of PictureStore and has worked since October 2000 to make wall art accessible to all Australians. Google+

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