Insider-Tipp: How to install your art at home the right way and what to consider
From your large-scale work to a perfectly curated gallery wall of your dreams.
Art Consultancy Insights and what to consider when placing art in your home
Knowing how to hang your ART at your home, plays a vital role as it does define on where you enjoy it the most. Before you head off in drilling all your walls with thousands of holes, we have put together key aspects for you to consider – telling you the nity grity we normally share with our private collectors.
It all starts with the artwork you love! The following steps should be where and how to hang it for your own contemplation. Are there any upcoming trends in terms of hanging art in your home in context of the interior design concept? Are there any art world rules to take in consideration when hanging it? We get asked these questions all the time by collectors and designers we work with. The truth is that it really just comes down to you, how you feel about the work in the room and where you imagined it to be. Let´s get into it:
Whether you do it by yourself or hire a professional, you should know that hanging art is at least a two-pair of hands job. You need someone to hold the measure tape, stand back and assist you. If you do want very exact measurements, get a laser tape otherwise a regular one also works, get a pencil and a level to mark the location.
The first things you need to take in consideration are the type of artwork (*), light (sunlight exposure and artificial illumination), and temperature and of course location movements. Now lets talk about the fun part: hanging on top of furniture or in the entrance hall, you can either play it safe by centre the artwork perfectly in the wall or you can allow your creativity to flow and play with the position, although we advice that you have it at eye level always (in Europe the standard high is 1,60m). Thus, the best is to ask your helper to hold the piece against the wall before you mark and hammer the nail in, this allows you to see what the space is going to look like once you´ve placed the artwork into the space. Furthermore, take a step back and look at the piece: get a sense of proportions, colors and see how it looks with all other elements you have in your space.
We advise you to always consider the color scheme of your space very carefully before hanging the artwork in. The medium, colors and framing of the artwork might have a dramatic impact of the space – Remember you will be seeing it daily! Thus you need to decide if you want to create a space with strong contrasts or harmony. Usually, when we hang artworks in our collectors homes with art professionals, we tend to follow museum guidelines, but again, you may want to adjust it depending on your high, wall dimension and even your eye level. Hanging several artworks of the same size and medium in a grid formation also looks fantastic, you might want to play a little bit with the space in between then and even experiment with diverse mediums of artwork to create your own art constellation – it works both with small larger size pieces. Although this is a revival trend always remember there is no right or wrong. We can only recommend, when planning on installing the art in that combination, start from the middle and work your way around it. Be open to place different mediums, sizes and framing options and make it as personal as possible. Or even, lay it out on the floor with bubble wrap underneath to protect the work. This allows you to play around and find the perfect „gallery wall“ installation.
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