I Live with Art
Installing or putting up a piece of art is more than just knocking a few nails in the wall.
These guidelines are to help ensure that your artwork is installed safely and securely in your home or office. Proper installation means that the art you have chosen to rent or buy is less likely to be damaged and that it will be around for you and others to enjoy much longer!
The most important thing to consider when hanging artwork is that the piece(s) will be safe.
-Select a wall space where your fine art will be safe from direct sunlight. Not only can ultra violet light rays damage artwork, they also cause glaring reflections which disrupt the visual appearance of the work.
-Conserve art by hanging it at a safe distance from damp areas such as bathrooms, spaces with poor ventilation and steamy kitchen areas. Moisture and humidity can damage artwork significantly over time.
– Do not hang or place artwork near a heat source such as a wood stove or over electric/water heaters.
-Make sure that you are using the proper hooks and nails appropriate to the weight of the piece. Larger, heavier pieces will require larger, stronger hooks and nails.
– High lighting an artwork by directing light toward it is fine but be sure it is the right lighting! Low- wattage halogen bulbs or standard incandescent are both good choices. Avoid regular halogen or close, direct lighting, as the heat could possibly damage the artwork.
Height to Hang?
The question of how high to hang artwork is a personal one. Some people prefer to hang artwork a little higher, or even stack it, it’s really what works for you and your space! The standard rule of hanging artwork, however, is that the middle of the piece should be approximately at eye level.
This means in rooms with standard 8-foot high ceilings, most artwork should be hung so that the middle of the picture is between 57″ & 60″ off the floor(the Museum standard is 57″). For rooms with higher ceilings, artwork can be hung a little higher, which will visually lower the ceiling height.
Step By Step:
1. Measure and lightly mark 57″ on the wall
2. Measure artwork and divide by 2 (this gives you the center)
3. Measure top of your picture to the tightened wire (this will be a small amount)
4. Subtract “tight wire” amount from 1/2 height amount for the “to the hook” amount. This will tell you how far above 57″ your hook should go
5. Lightly mark wall just above 57″ with the “to the hook” amount
1. Picture is 20″ tall
2. Middle is at 10″ (this mid point should rest at 57″)
3. Wire comes to 2″ below the top
4. 10″ – 2″ = 8″
5. Lightly mark 8″ above your first mark OR 65″ on the wall
Other Things to Consider
-When hanging pictures above a sofa, leave an approximate 6” to 8” space between the top of the back of the sofa and the bottom of the picture. Over a tabletop or counter, allow 10” to 12” between the table surface and bottom of the picture. This space can be adjusted if you have lamps or other items on the table, which will visually add height
-Consider the layout of a group of artworks carefully before hanging. When hanging a series of artworks of the same size, a grid formation looks fantastic. Ensure the gaps between the artwork are all equal.
-Allow sufficient space between large-scale artworks to ensure they do not compete for attention. Fine art should be positioned to complement both one another and the overall mood of the room.
-Consider the colour scheme of your space carefully before selecting which room to hang your artwork in. Colours in your art and framing can have a dramatic impact upon an interior design. Are you looking to create harmony or stark contrast?