Tips for displaying and hanging wall art

Where and how you display artwork can have a huge effect on the work itself. Combining multiple works of art in a similar style creates greater impact in a room. It’s a smaller-scale version of a gallery wall, where you have a lot of prints and turn them into a collection with some sort of visual link; either a theme or colour or typography. Feature gallery walls are terrific if you have a large wall space and can’t afford a massive piece of work but want impact – make it a group effort!Whether you want to create an art gallery wall or make a statement with a stand-alone piece, these tips will help you make an impact.

STAND ALONE ART

Large individual artworks should be hung with the centre point of the work at eye level. Usually, this point is about 1.5m from the floor.

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GALLERY WALL

To create a gallery wall, start with a hero piece to anchor the arrangement. Hang this piece as you would a solo artwork – with the centre point at eye level – and work out from there. Five to 10cm is a good gap between artworks. How to create an art gallery wall

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IN PAIRS

If you’re hanging a pair of artworks, match the orientation of the artworks to the wall you’re hanging them on. For example, two stacked portrait artworks will fill a tall, vertical wall space nicely, while a pair of side-by-side landscape artworks will suit a longer wall. Hang them roughly 10cm apart.

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DIFFERENT SIZES

When hanging art of different sizes in a row, align them at their horizontal centre points. Don’t line up pieces by their tops or bottoms.

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LARGE ARTWORKS

Large artworks look great above a console or dresser; hang so the bottom of the work is 10cm above the furniture. Alternatively, large artworks also look great effortlessly lent against a wall.

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GALLERY WALL 101

Gallery walls – and shelves – are fun to create, but they require focus. The best way to keep your arrangement resolved is to find a common thread, for example a colour palette that flows through all the works or using the same material for all the frames. Play with shapes and sizes, but think of the gallery as a whole. When you’ve finished, take a picture of the arrangement and see if anything stands out – you can always keep tweaking.