From oil paintings and stretched canvasses to antique clocks and plates on the wall – art is a way to personalise your home. Art is decorative, but it goes beyond aesthetic appeal it is also a sound investment. This article will enlighten you on how to best display your treasures.
The right light
Keep lighting in mind when hanging artworks. ‘Natural light often works best for paintings and photographs. Lights with a warm yellow glow are ideal for paintings, and cool blue lighting works best for photos.
Hang it well
When you hang artwork, it’s important not to try and fill up the entire wall space, as there should be ‘breathing’ space around a piece. For the ideal eye height, hang a painting about 1.56m from its centre point to the floor.
If you like grouping artworks, approach it as a theme, so as to avoid it appearing too busy.
If you are unsure, use the services of a professional art hanger, who will give you suggestions about how and where to hang your works; Henry Taylor Gallery provides this service.
Hang your art at 145cm on centre. “On centre” means that the middle of the picture is at 145cm o the wall(obviously, the hook will be higher). Representing the average human eye-height and is regularly used as a standard in many galleries and museums.
If you stick to this standard, you create a harmony among ALL the pictures in your home also this helps solve the problem many people have, which is that they hang their pictures too high.
Step By Step:
1. Measure and lightly mark 145cm on the wall
2. Measure top of your picture to the middle (or take height and divide by 2)
3. Measure top of your picture to the tightened wire (a small amount)
4. Subtract this last number to tell you how far above 145cm your hook should go
5. Measure up from 145cm with this last amount and lightly mark on the wall
1. Picture is 50cm tall
2. Middle is 25cm down from top (this should rest at 145cm)
3. Wire comes to 5cm below the top
4. 25cm– 5cm = 20cm
5. Lightly mark 20cm above your first mark OR 165(145 +20) on the wall
Though this may seem complicated to read, it is quite simple when you do it. The thing to always remember is that the CENTER of all your pictures are hanging at the same 145cm, and you are just figuring out where the hook goes above it.
This 145cm also applies to groups of pictures. Think of a group as ONE picture. After you arrange how you want them all to hang (doing this on the floor makes it easier), start with the centre picture/pictures and get them at 145cm on centre. Then surround them with the rest of the group.
The Art Curator Presents:
Merlot & Mandala Evening
“I paint myself because I am alone. I paint myself because I am the subject I know best.” ~Frida Kahlo
“An artist never really finishes his work; he merely abandons it.” ~Paul Valéry
“All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.” ~Echkart Tolle
“The artist does not see things as they are, but as he is.” ~Alfred Tonnelle
“Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.” ~George Bernard Shaw
“Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.” ~John Ruskin
“I dream my paintings, and then they paint my dream.” ~Vincent Van Gogh
“Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.” ~Leonard da Vinci
The Art Curator Wishes You a Happy 2017
Art washes away from the “soul, the dust of everyday life.” Picasso