By Tyler Wisler
So, if you’ve been following me so far, you’ve chosen the most amazing color palette for your home, your rugs are popping and looking good… Now, it’s time to address those empty walls and start hanging things up! But do you know that most folks are hanging things all wrong?
Four out of five times I go into clients’ homes and the one thing that jumps out is how the walls are either bare, or the piece hanging on the wall is positioned too high.
It seems perfectly logical, that when something is hung on a wall it should be enjoyed at the optimal height. Right? And what is that height? Well, simply put, eye level.
Art that is hung should be appreciated at eye level. Repeat this with me: “Art that is hung should be appreciated at eye level”. But Tyler, “I have taller ceilings, they are glorious, I think I can go a tad higher when hanging…” NO.
When you go to a museum with soaring 15-meter ceilings, they still hang everything where you can see it without having to strain your neck by looking up.
My general rule of thumb is to find the center point of the piece you are wishing to hang, and that point should be hung at about 165-168cm above the floor. This gives optimal viewing for an average sized person.
What about a gallery wall, I hear you ask? Many of you may know a gallery wall is a cluster of pictures that are grouped together to essentially form one big installation.
And that is the key; it becomes one big installation, so when you have decided how you are going to arrange the pictures, again, find where the highest piece is, where your lowest piece is, and right there in the middle is where you are using the 165-168cm guideline.
Something I like to do as well, before pounding nails into the wall, is to map out everything with removable painter’s tape on the wall, so I can see how everything sits. If you are the fastidious type, like me, I suggest physically laying out all the pieces on a larger piece of paper, so that you can mark exactly where everything should go. Then, tape that larger piece of paper to the wall so there are no mistakes, and outline each marked picture with a dozen pinholes tapped into the wall.
One hint I have when curating a gallery wall is to interject three-dimensional objects into the mix. Your eye likes to see contrast and texture, so when you have an entire wall of pictures that are the same general thickness, the same frame, it visually becomes less interesting. To remedy this, something as simple as using a mix of different frames with varying shapes, sizes and depths can make all the difference. If you want to take it a step further, try throwing in a more sculptural piece, hang a strand of beads – heck, throw in a hat, it will bring that gallery wall to life!