The ultimate guide to hanging art at home
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Can You Hang?1 of 9
By Sara Tan
Displaying artwork in your home is an art itself. We spoke with HGTV star and artist David Bromstad about the eight simple rules for deciding just where to hang your photos and paintings and then putting them up like a pro.
On the Level2 of 9
A tape measure and a level are the most important tools you need when it comes to hanging art anywhere in your home. Bromstad suggests using a laser level. It will make the tricky task of getting frames even with the simple push of a button.
Nail It3 of 9
Hooks, nails or French cleats? It all depends on what you're hanging. If it's light (less than three pounds), a hook or nail should be strong enough to hold your piece on the wall. If it's on the heavier side, Bromstad suggests using French cleats, which are two metal pieces or two wooden pieces that wedge on top of one another. It's a heavy-duty solution that will ensure that your artwork stays put.
Mantle Piece4 of 9
When it comes to choosing that all-important piece to go over your mantle, make sure that it isn't wider than the mantle itself. "Otherwise, the piece will look top heavy," says Bromstad. After you've decided on the right piece, center and hang it so the bottom of the artwork sits three inches above the top of the mantle.
The Right Height5 of 9
Although sofas come in all different shapes and sizes, the center of the art should always be hung slightly above eye level (around 5-feet 8-inches to 5-feet10-inches for most). As with art above the mantle, art should also be centered above the sofa, regardless of any windows or doors that may take up space on the same wall.
Wall-to-Wall6 of 9
Clustering artwork on a single wall is trendy right now. To get it right, heed Bromstad's advice: "You want to make sure you have a plan. Take all your pictures, objects, whatever you're clustering, lay them on the ground and play with placement." The more pieces you have, the closer you should cluster them together. If you're clustering just a few pieces, leave more space between each piece to keep everything balanced.
Picture Perfect7 of 9
While you should avoid placing fine art in the bathroom (humidity levels can damage the piece), there are still plenty of options for toilet-friendly pictures and paintings. Try to find something that's both water resistant and small. Bromstad suggests going quirky, bizarre or cute. "Go with something unexpected," he says.
Power Prints8 of 9
Sun-filled rooms give you the opportunity to go bold with your artwork. Bromstad's suggestion? Look for images with a little metallic in them. "It's going to reflect the light and be really dynamic in the room," says Bromstad. If you are already set on a particular piece for a bright room, make sure that it has a UV coating to protect it from fading from the sun or add a piece of UV protective glass to the piece, available at specialty framing shops.
Smooth Things Over9 of 9
Despite following all the rules, even professionals still make a mistake (or two). If you've accidentally made a hole where you don't need one, pick up non-shrink joint compound and a putty knife online or from the hardware store. Fill-in the hole (or holes), let it dry and sand it. Repeat the process. When the wall is flush, prime and paint it. For more design tips you can follow Bromstad at @bromco.