A Frame Job: 3 Easy Tips For Hanging Your Paintings Correctly

When you've finally purchased your first home, the next thing you need to do is to fill up those blank white walls with some pictures. But having painstakingly picked out multiple pieces of art to fill your home with, you may be stuck as to what is the best way to arrange your paintings without overcrowding your walls or making them way too busy for the eye. So how do you figure this out without hiring an expert to do it for you? If you've never done it before and you're looking for some tips for hanging your paintings to their best effect, then here's what you need to know.

Tool Prep

Don't just start pounding nails into your home's fresh, new walls just yet -- before you do anything, you need to make sure that you've got the proper tools for the job. For hanging paintings, you'll need a level (or a level app on your smartphone), a pencil, a meter stick or soft measuring tape, butcher paper, painter's tape, a stud finder, screws, and drywall anchors. Why the anchors? These give a better grip to your screws, and ensure that your painting will be a little more supported than it would be with just a screw -- which is important so that your painting doesn't simply fall off the wall one day because of its weight.

Prep Your Wall

Once you've purchased or gathered all of your tools into one place, it's time to put a few of them to use. Your stud finder will help you find a support stud in your wall, which is important for your heaviest paintings. If none of your paintings are heavy (or if you don't want to rely on the support stud), that's fine -- just proceed to the next step: using your measuring tape. 57" up from the floor is the sweet spot for your eye to see, so make sure the center of your focal painting is as close to the 57" inch mark as it can be. Marking that height with a pencil is a good way to keep track of it without making a permanent mark on your wall. Once all this is done, proceed to the most fun step -- laying out your paintings.

Lay It Out

But not on your floor -- while laying your paintings out on the floor in the same order and shape you want to hang them on your wall will let you see how the colors of each painting interact with the others, it won't show you exactly how your paintings will look once on the wall. Instead, use butcher paper to approximate each of your painting's size and shape (try laying the painting over the paper and tracing the frame to do this easily) and then stick them up on the wall with painter's tape where you've determined that particular painting will go. This will let you see if you've overcrowded your wall, and give you an image as to what the best arrangement of your paintings is.

For more information or help, contact companies like EXACTAC.

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