Hanging artworks can be a time consuming process. Even though I’m all for the go with your gut-approach, there are some things that you should keep in mind when you decorate your home.
I don’t like to think of it as a set of rules, but you have to know the rules in order to break them. So here’s a list of 8 thing to consider when hanging artwork.
1. Does it will fit in with the surroundings
The most important thing is to make sure the artwork will fit in well with the other things in the room. It doesn’t have to be matchy-matchy, but it needs to suit your taste and style. Does the colours in the artwork complement the colours in the room? Does the artwork complement the style and look of the room? What we want is colours and materials that compliment each other rather than working against each other.
2. Consider how you want to display it
There are many ways to display artwork in your home. Some are more permanent and others make room for more flexibility. The traditional way is to hang it on the wall, but you could also use a photo ledge, place it on the floor leaning against the wall or group it together with other artworks.
Fit In art print by Berit Mogensen Lopez available at NABO shop
3. Find the perfect spot
Try moving the artwork around in the room to see where it would look the best. When you’ve found the wall you want to display it on try to move it around on the wall as well. Make sure it feels part of the room and not hung randomly (unless that's the look you're after). Is the size and shape of the artwork right for the room?
This is something I always consider when placing artwork as well as furniture in my home. I give my Danish roots credit for that. Living in a country with very long winters it’s important to light your home properly. Consider if you’ll have to install a light close to your artwork to make the most of it.
5. This has also to do with light
It’s important to consider if the place you display your artwork will make a potential threat. If you display your artwork close to a window it’s often worth investing in a frame with UV glass so the light doesn’t damage the artwork.
6. What about the bathroom?
Every wall is a potential gallery. We’re often focussing on decorating our living room or bedroom when really every room and nook in your home is a potential gallery. Have you considered hanging a piece of art in your kitchen? On your door? Or in your bathroom?
7. Speaking of bathrooms - take care of your artwork
If you hang an artwork in your bathroom you’ll need to protect it as humidity is art’s worst enemy. My best advice is to speak to a professional picture framer who can frame your artwork to suit the room you want to hang it in.
8. Decide on your own set of rules
Decide whether you want to follow the same “rules” in terms of hanging height etc throughout your home or if you want it to be more “free” and have a gut feeling-approach.
Remember it’s all the little details that make a home homely so don’t be afraid to follow your own set of rules. Especially when it comes to decorating.
Art prints by Berit Mogensen Lopez available at NABO shop
Do you have certain rules you follow when hanging artworks or decoration a room? Would love to hear from you in the comments below.
If you are looking for inspiration on what artists to watch now you can read my latest blog post 6 Scandinavian artists you need to know
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