10 Tips on How to Hang Paintings
By Victoria Chick, contemporary figurative artist and early 19th & 20th century print collector
Artist Victoria Chick shares tips on hanging wall art on Big Blend Radio.
1. As a general rule, the middle of a painting should be hung ABOUT eye level or a little above.
2. If using wire on the back to hang the art, put the screw eyes in about 1/4th to 1/3rd of the way down from the top to prevent the picture top from leaning too far out from the wall. Never let the wire show above the top of the frame. Many metal frames allow direct hanging from the frame so the art is flush with the wall. This is a very neat look.
3. As a general rule, art looks best if it is appropriately sized to the wall on which it is hanging. If you have a large wall space and numerous small artworks you can group them to effectively make them seem more important.
4. Keep unified design continuity around a whole room by relating the artwork on all the walls to each other by maintaining the top or bottom edges of the picture frames at about the same level. To accommodate a smaller work, put it between two larger works of similar size and split the difference in height between them.
5. If grouping art works, keep all the frames straight in relationship to each other. Using two nails for each artwork to hang on helps prevent tilting.
6. Avoid hanging artwork in direct sunlight or in damp areas.
7. Present your art in the best frame you can afford. If framing a print or watercolor of any size always matt it with no smaller than a 3” wide matt and framed under glass. An oil or acrylic painting is not matted nor put under glass, but needs to be framed unless it is a contemporary style, where the painted image wraps around the edges.
8. In long hallways, vary the space between artworks to create more interest for the person walking down the hallway.
9. Don’t buy individual picture lights that go with the frames.
10. If you have a new living space with a wall you don’t know what to do with, take time to choose artwork carefully. Find something that you love.
Victoria Chick is the founder of the Cow Trail Art Studio in southwest New Mexico. She received a B.A. in Art from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and awarded an M.F.A. in Painting from Kent State University in Ohio. Visit her website at www.ArtistVictoriaChick.com