How to Hang Your Wall Art
You’ve scoured shops, pored over online galleries and finally nailed down the perfect art piece. It’s no easy feat, but rather, a long and exhausting journey at times – give yourself a pat on the back! Once you’ve got that beautiful canvas or framed print in your hot little hands, though, it’s time to think about hanging your new artwork.
Hanging wall art isn’t a tough task, but it definitely requires a little thought before you jump into the process. You’ll have to consider where it should go, how to physically place it, what kinds of tools to use and more. If you’re feeling a little apprehensive about the next (and final!) step in the art acquisition process, don’t worry – we’re here to take you through hanging your artwork with this easy go-to guide.
Top tips for hanging wall art
When you’re hanging your new piece, there are lots of things to take into account, from which room it’ll suit best, to the placement, measuring your space, and how you’ll actually hang it. One thing to remember throughout this process is there’s never a right or wrong way to express yourself through interior design. Bar hanging your painting at a funny angle or upside down (which both could arguably be justified with the right aesthetic) there are no rules or ‘don’ts’ to worry about. These are simply our tips for those looking to smash out the process and have their new piece up on the wall, looking gorgeous, in no time at all.
Selecting the right room
Let’s start with finding the right surroundings for your new artwork. Chances are, you’ve purchased something specifically for one room or another, but if that’s not the case, you’ll want to weigh up what’s going on in each room and decide where your piece is the best fit. Here are few things that might sway you towards (or away from) a particular room:
- Colour: Complementary and like-minded colour palettes are a huge driver behind our choice of artwork. Look at what hues are already in each room, and hold up your artwork against them – literally, if need be. If your kitchen is a sage green, for instance, and that’s an accent colour in the painting, it might be a fantastic fit. Don’t feel deterred by placing your art in rooms other than the living room or bedroom, either – the kitchen and bathroom are just as suitable!
- Space: Most of us have that one room in our homes that gets slightly less love than the other; the forgotten child of the bunch. Perhaps a new piece of art could spruce it up and give it the attention it needs? If there’s a noticeable gap in a particular room, consider placing your new piece there to add visual interest and excitement.
- Special features: Some walls are just begging for a little art, especially if they have unique features or things that might need covering up, like unused switches or difficult marks. Seek these places out and intentionally determine whether they could benefit from a little wall art.
- The ‘feel’ of the room: With a particular piece of artwork already purchased, or at least in mind, you might want to consider the feel and vibe of the room. A breezy, chilled-out beach scene might work best in the living room, your go-to relaxation space, whereas a foodie print fits naturally in the kitchen. There are definitely certain spaces that’ll just fit a specific piece better than others.
Placing your piece
Once you’ve determined the right room, it’s time to focus on where it should hang. In bigger, more open rooms, you might discover it’s not as easy as it first looks to find the perfect place for your artwork. Even in a small space, you might encounter issues, too, or at the very least, a difficult decision-making process. Here are a few things to think about when you’re deciding where on your wall to hang your artwork.
The first, and most important, consideration you should make is your other pieces of furniture. Existing items will set a rough starting height for artwork in the room by naturally creating levels. For instance, if you’re adding some art to the wall above your entertainment unit, which houses your television, you’ll inherently begin to nail your pieces higher up on the wall to accommodate the TV.
Another thing to think about is the approximate eye level of the members of your household and the average adult. Anywhere between 140cm and 160cm from the ground is a natural, easy height for artwork and will ensure your stunning new pieces are visible to everyone.
Finally, if you’re planning out a gallery wall, think about using varying heights to create visual interest and excitement. A gallery wall consists of 5-10 pieces with like-minded colours and aesthetics arranged in a cluster to catch the eye. Using an array of heights here will really utilise the space, give the wall dimension, and will look fantastic and very visually appealing.
You’ve picked out some beautiful artwork, selected the right room and found that ideal spot on the wall – the next piece of the puzzle is measuring up your surface area, and physically hanging your piece. Here’s a snapshot of how that should go down if you’re using a traditional nail or hook to add some flair to your walls.
1. Mark where you’ll place the nail or hook your piece will hang on by using a pencil.
2. You might need a secondary nail if you’re trying to support the weight of a massive frame or canvas, so in this case, you’ll want to create two equidistant pencil marks from the centre marking.
3. If you’ve made more than one, make sure your markings are even by using a level.
4. With your pencil markings done, it’s time to grab a nail and hammer it into the designated spot/s.
5. If you’re using hooks, hang and secure them over the nail according to your brand of choice’s specific instructions.
6. Hang your frame! Once it’s sitting nicely on the wall, grab a level to ensure it’s even, nudging each end up and down until it’s perfectly flat. Pro tip: If you don’t have a level to hand, there’s an app for that!
Exploring hanging options
If a nail or a hook aren’t your style – or perhaps they’re just not an option, whether you’re renting or dealing with walls you just don’t want to mar – there are still heaps of ways to hang a piece. Interior designers have really paved the way with alternative methods of hanging not just art, but tapestries, plants, light fixtures and more, which means that you’ll be able to find something that really suits your space and the resources you have to hand.
- Use command strips: Possibly the most common way of hanging temporary art pieces, command strips are a renter’s best friend and a super easy, and surprisingly sturdy, way to spice up your space. Be sure to weigh your art piece first, as command strips all have a weight limit – depending on the piece’s size, you should be able to stack multiple strips to bear a heavier weight. Simply remove the wall-side adhesive and affix the strip/s to the wall in the places you’d have put your nails. Leave them to affix properly to the wall for the recommended time, then adhere the other side to your frame or canvas. Voila!
- Peg boards, cork boards and wire frames: If you want to hang a bunch of smaller images, you might like to try an option that lets you do so in a simple way without too many holes in the wall. A peg board, cork board or wire hanging frame presents a great alternative to a gallery wall, and lets you affix your favourite images using pegs or push pins. It’s also easy to mix up and change based on your style or what images you’re loving at the time!
- Do the lean: Leaning larger artworks against your furniture pieces (or even the floor, depending on their size) is a great way to add dimension to a space and fill any gaping holes in your existing styling. Whether you choose a mantelpiece, desk, entertainment unit, bookshelf or sideboard as your surface, adding a leaning frame will draw the eye and put your art centre stage in a totally rental-friendly and chic manner.
- Try velcro: If you’d prefer to eventually slap on a little paint than patch a hole, velcro dots or strips are a simple way to hang your artwork. Just affix the dots to the wall and to the back of your frame or canvas, match up, and sit back to admire your gorgeous piece! It’s important to note, though, that velcro can peel the paint from your wall over time.
A few handy hints and tips
Now that you know exactly how to hang your artwork with an array of simple methods and handy hints at your disposal, it’s time to go off into the world and style, style, style! If you’re feeling a little uninspired, though, that’s nothing to stress about – we’ve gathered up a few last pieces of advice that should fill you with creative inspiration ahead of purchasing, placing and finally hanging a new piece of artwork.
Let’s start with the actual selection process. If this is tripping you up a bit, there are a few old faithful tricks that’ll help you pick out something that’s gorgeous and suits your home. From an emotional standpoint, try to select pieces that make you feel something. If it evokes a positive response, making you feel happy, calm, energised or inspired, you’re likely to want to look at it for years to come, and will get lots of use out of it as a decor piece. Another tip here is to use accent colours like we mentioned earlier – pull out a key tone in your space, and try to find an artwork that features it or uses complementary colours.
If you’re having trouble combining artworks, why not opt for a triptych? Never seen this unique word before? Well, it refers to a set of three artworks that are designed to be presented as a whole, and are usually the same height, size and draw upon the same theme or colour scheme. They make styling simple, as you can just line them up and hang them on the wall to create a look that’s very cohesive and thought-out.
When it comes to placing your artwork, use eye level as a guide for height and the centre of the wall or furniture piece as your length marker. Symmetry is always appealing to the eye, so if you’re feeling unsure about placement, this is a great failsafe option. Then, if you’re adding more pieces, you can work from the inside out and keep things feeling even as you find new artworks to hang.
The whole process of sourcing and styling art in your home is really an art form in itself – don’t underestimate the thought that can go into this if you have the time and energy. However, if you’re looking for a no-fuss way to brighten up your walls, there are definitely ways to make the whole ordeal a very easy and painless one.
Start your journey to master art curator by purchasing beautiful wall art at Brosa, and we’ll ship it straight to your home – wherever you live in Australia. Plus, wall art doesn’t have to be a huge expense. Brosa pieces are affordable yet high quality, and we offer flexible payment options including Afterpay and ZipMoney.