Maximizing Impact – A Guide to Hanging Photographs and Artwork

Hanging Artwork
Home interior photo via; Original photograph of Brigitte Bardot by Terry O’Neill.

Consider the Mood

When planning for your photo shoot, I encourage putting a lot of time and energy into choosing colors, clothing, and thinking about the mood that you want to portray. This seems like a natural part of the process, since everyone wants to look their best! But that time and energy serves many goals. Our shoot-planning process helps you dig deep into your personal style and ultimately create artwork that speaks to your soul.  Considering the final product before the first snap of the shutter will reap dividends when the mood, style, and colors of your photographs blend perfectly with their ultimate living space in your home.

Be Size Wise

Your artwork should cover a minimum of 2/3 of the wall space it hangs in, whether you are featuring a single piece or a grouping of photographs. The tendency for many is to choose artwork that is way too small! A 20 inch frame sounds huge, right? But all too often when placed on the wall the impact is underwhelming at best. Investing in the proper proportions for your space will not only make your artwork shine, it will help your room look complete and polished.

One of my favorite tools to use with my clients during their design session lets you view YOUR photographs on YOUR OWN walls. A game changer that helps me provide the very best service, and helps you make the best decision for your artwork.

Height Matters

Hanging art too high is one of the most committed “crimes” in the world of decorating! Avoid this common mistake by using the simple, universal rule that museums and galleries swear by – hang your art 57″ on center. This is eye level for the average adult, so your art will be viewed at it’s best. Not to mention that if you use this rule throughout your home, all of your artwork will share a midline, no matter the total size of each piece, creating harmony through every room.

If a 57″ centerpoint doesn’t work when hanging over a piece of furniture, fall back on this rule of thumb: leave at least 6″, and no more than 12″, between your furniture and the bottom of your art.



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