By Joyce Reyes-Aguila
If the walls in your home could speak, what would they tell you? Will they applaud you for masterfully sprucing them up with paintings or framed photographs? Will they ask you why you have completely left them bare,as you are clueless of what you can do? Perhaps they will ask you for a makeover, as you have just hung artworks and picture frames randomly.
At times, wall designs that are out of the box fail to achieve whatever cohesive feel a homeowner wants to accomplish. They are the type of “mistakes” that make a room feel sad, according to Adrienne Breaux of apartmenttherapy.com. Artworks or framed photos add character to your space and can contribute to the overall mood you want a room to have. They serve as conversation starters when you have guests over, and play a vital role in creating an ideal atmosphere for residents within.
Unknowingly, we may be committing boo-boos when it comes to how we hang artworks or picture frames at home. There are art-hanging no-no’s that you can learn to remedy, says Breaux in the piece “Are You Making These Common Art-Hanging Mistakes?” See if you need to work on any of these:
1• It’s in the wrong size.
If you go with a piece that is too tiny for a room, Breaux cautions that will make the entire room – including all its furnishings feel “out of scale and out of balance.” Get someone to help you “eyeball” by letting them hold the piece and follow your instructions to put the artwork higher or lower, or move it to the left or to the right.
2• It lacks variety.
Twinning maybe cute but it does not work with artworks on your wall. “Matching art on the same wall can be a good way to create a pattern, but if you cut corners and hang matching pictures on all of your walls it quickly becomes boring,” according to the website of Home Decoration Magazine (www.homeisd.com). Do not confine yourself to frame photos and study how abstract art, mirrors, different frames, and other accessories can make your wall more interesting, the site says.
3• Nail it right.
Have the right number of nails or hooks to properly support your art pieces. Heavier ones will require more than one nail. If you can, hang your art without nails to stop having more holes on your walls. You will always feel it’s imperative to hang art on a certain wall just so you can cover the hole (or holes). Opt for built-it molding that allows you to hang art with S-shaped hooks and decorative wires. You can also let your pieces lean on walls or bookshelves. Try a mood board for your photos and use decorative tape or colorful pins to move pieces around.
4• There is no room to breathe.
Do not be limited. Not all artworks or picture frames were destined to be mounted on walls. Try placing photos on shelves or artworks on the floor. Achieve balance by creating a space where the artwork is not drowned by or drowns everything else in the room, Breaux reminds. Rotate your collection. You do not have to hang every piece of art you own all the at the same time.
5• Hanging art too high.
Breaux says that a whole room can feel “off if a piece is hung a few inches too high. While there is no one-size-fits-all formula, you should consider what the artwork will be hanging above, how high the ceilings are, among others. She suggests remembering this measurement: 57 inches on the center. “What it means is, place the center of your art piece 57 inches from the floor,” she writes. “Step back and see how that feels.But another measurement you can use is yourself; you want to be able to comfortably view a piece of art when you’re standing in front of it, like at an art gallery. If you find yourself craning your neck to look at the details of an art piece, it may be a bit too high.” Breaux adds that you can also use furniture to help you determine where to hang art. For sofas or headboards, start with five to eight inches between the top of the furniture and the bottom of the art. Based on the size of your art and the space between your piece, your furniture, and the ceiling, step back and look at where you can place it best.
6• Wrong locations.
Sentimental artworks and investment pieces should have carefully-thought-of locations. They should not be exposed to the sun to prevent colors from fading. They should not be placed inside the bathroom or above a kitchen shelf where your coffee maker is to prevent moisture from damaging your art. See if your piece can be continuously damaged by a door, if you put in on a wall behind near a room’s entrance.