We all start with that one, stark, empty blank wall in a new house or even in a current one. As clean as it may look, it also gives off a bland feeling that leaves you wanting more. Maybe you haven't figured out what you want on it yet? Maybe it’s intimidating? We will walk you through some steps below to help you organize and get over the blank wall hump!
Tip #1 — Thinking It Through
Carefully determine your arrangement before you start banging holes in the wall. Trace the outline of each frame onto craft paper and cut it out. Then tape the outlines to the wall using blue painter's tape. Move your paper frames around until you arrive at a position you like, then gather your supplies (picture hooks, hammer, level, and tape measure) and start hanging. Simple, easy and damage free.
Tip#2 — Stay in the Lines
Displaying a collection of pictures requires a careful eye. As a rule, a precise grid gives a graphic, formal look. But that's not the only option! An arrangement that's hung within the confines of a square or rectangle but aligned along only the center, top or bottom will also appear orderly, making it just a tad more relaxed. Placing a sofa or other piece of furniture under the arrangement will help anchor the artwork.
Tip#3 — Stagger the Look
Sometimes (but we may lean more towards most) an uneven pattern can be more interesting than a precise lineup. The key to a successful stair-stepped grouping is spacing. Vary the spacing between frames is key. Use your eye to gauge the distance. Because stairways are a high-traffic area, use small pieces of adhesive hook and loop tape to hold frame corners to the wall to ensure they don’t move!
Tip#4 — Add an Element of Surprise
Try something unexpected. Instead of hanging a single piece of art over the bed, you can create a sculptural grouping of plates and vary the shape, size, and design for interest. The plates are in perfect contrast to let’s say, a headboard’s boxy figure, so they attract attention and draw you into the space. The adjacent wall sports framed fabric cuttings or shallow baskets hung on the wall. Trust your gut. If it feels right, it will work.
Tip#5 — Safety in Symmetry
When all else fails, go for the grid. The grid doesn't have to be a perfect square. Though this notion is a good starting point, centering artwork horizontally and vertically over a prominent architectural element, such as a mantel, while maintaining even spacing will do the trick. Add interest by mixing sizes, styles, and art mediums.
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