Make Your Art Look Great in Your Space

January 13, 2015

Waverly Charismatic (Delft) Canvas Wall Art

Whenever I bring home new artwork, I can’t wait to unwrap it — to add a new, unexpected touch to my space, some added personality and welcome change. But when it comes time to actually hang it up, I start to panic. I worry I won’t display it correctly, and I want to make the piece look as great as possible in my space. Luckily, there are lots of online resources with tips for arranging art. Here are some of my favorites:

1. Think balance.

Relate your art to wall size. A small canvas or frame typically works best on a small wall space, while a large piece or arrangement suits a large wall. There should be at least several inches of empty space around each side, so remember to give your art room to breathe!

Most Laural Home art is offered in a range of sizes, so you can keep location in mind when choosing a canvas.

2. Mount your wall art at eye level.

The center of your piece should sit about 60 inches from the floor. If you’re hanging a pair of canvases or frames with one above the other, treat them as one large picture and find the center point between them.

3. Hang your canvas over furniture.

If you’re unsure of where to place your art, try hanging it over a couch, fireplace mantle or bed. Hang it about 6 to 20 centimeters above the furniture to maintain proportion. If there’s a big gap between the two, the eye will be drawn to the empty space rather than the artwork. Use a canvas that’s smaller than the width of your furniture — about 3/4 the size.

4. When in doubt, keep it centered.

Wherever you’re hanging your art, whether it be on a wall or over a piece of furniture, a good rule of thumb is to place it in the center. This will pretty much always look nice and if you use a tape measure to find a precise center, it takes the stress out of finding the right spot.

5. Group artwork together.

Before hanging a group of canvases up on the wall, lay everything on the table or floor and experiment with different arrangements. To get an even better idea of how it will look, trace the pieces onto wrapping paper and tape the cutouts on the wall. (This method is helpful for hanging a single piece of artwork, too!)

How do you decide where to display your art? Let us know your favorite tips!

- Amanda

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