Updated: Jul 29
Have you ever stepped into a newly remodeled room or an otherwise nicely decorated room and sensed something was off, but you couldn’t put your finger on it? Chances are your subconscious dialed into something off with the artwork on the walls. As a result, when you dive into remodeling ideas, kitchen remodel ideas, home renovation ideas, basement finishing ideas, home staging ideas, and kitchen makeover ideas for your Rogers, MN home, don’t overlook the best ways to hang artwork. Uniquely Yours Home Inc. is your local Rogers area home remodel consultant, interior decorator, and home staging expert with years of experience serving homeowners, property managers, and home builders. In this blog, we put together a list of common missteps in hanging artwork, provide several suggestions to avoid them, and share the tools in our toolbox to properly hang artwork. Although most DIY’ers can put these ideas into practice, if you need help hanging your artwork in the Rogers, MN area, don’t hesitate to contact Uniquely Yours Home Inc. for a hassle-free consultation at 763-274-0736, your local Rogers, MN home interior designer, and office interior designer.
5 Artwork Hanging Missteps and Suggestions
1. Hanging Artwork too High on the wall.
As an office interior designer and house interior designer in the Rogers, MN area, we see this often. Art can be hung at different heights based on whether it is a room you sit or stand in a lot. The generally accepted rule in design is that we want the center of the artwork to be approximately 57 inches to 60 inches from the floor (or 145 to 150 centimeters). This is considered the standard “eye-level.” Of course, there are exceptions to the rule. For example, if you’re a family of really tall people, then by all means raise the center point. Some homeowners struggle with how high to hang the artwork if they have a 20-foot ceiling. But the rule doesn’t change. The artwork should still stay at the “standard” eye level. This rule should be incorporated with all remodeling ideas, home renovation ideas, home staging, and kitchen makeovers for your Rogers, MN home (Vivien, Posh Pennies, 5 MISTAKES EVERYONE MAKES WHEN HANGING PICTURES, June 3rd, 2021, https://poshpennies.com/picture-hanging-tips/).
2. Hanging Artwork too High Over Furniture.
As a basement finishing home remodel consultant in the Rogers, MN area, we see this often in the lower level. This is probably because basement ceilings are usually lower than the main level. As a rule, the bottom of the artwork should be about 4/6 inches or 10 to 15 cm from the top edge of the furniture. This distance is going to ensure that you maintain the connection between your art and your furniture piece. You might need a little more clearance behind a piece of furniture like a sofa – some designers even recommend up to 12 inches of clearance. It is ok to test things out to see what fits best for your needs. But if it doesn’t feel right, don’t sweat it, adjust it (Vivien, Posh Pennies, 5 MISTAKES EVERYONE MAKES WHEN HANGING PICTURES, June 3rd, 2021, https://poshpennies.com/picture-hanging-tips/).
3. Placing a Small Painting on a Large Wall.
As an interior decorator in the Rogers, MN area, we see this mistake mostly in kitchens and living rooms. When discussing kitchen remodel ideas and living room ideas with clients, we address this one right away. It is often overlooked by the DIY home interior designer. Many times, homeowners hang artwork that is too small or a cluster of items that are too small with no variations. If you’ve got a big empty wall, the last thing you want to do is hang a small picture in the middle of it. It’s just going to get lost. If you’re dealing with a big empty wall with nothing around it, then definitely go as big as you can with your art if you’re able to. The bigger you go, the more of a statement it’s going to make, and the more impressive it will look. Finally, artwork can really be the “pop” in the space. Artwork also varies on personal taste. Make sure the piece is relevant to the season/time you are in. For example, do not hang Christmas art in the summer (Vivien, Posh Pennies, 5 MISTAKES EVERYONE MAKES WHEN HANGING PICTURES, June 3rd, 2021, https://poshpennies.com/picture-hanging-tips/).
4. Not Paying Enough Attention to Frames.
We recommend having all the frames the same color for cohesiveness. Uniquely Yours Home has a whole blog on this at it relates to bookcases, Style your Bookshelves Like a Pro.
5. Underestimating the Weight.
As a house interior designer in the Rogers, MN area, we have heard the story of art falling too many times. See the tools in our toolbox listed below to hang artwork like a pro.
Tools you Need to Hang Artwork Like a Pro
Stud Finder: BOSCH Digital Multi-Scanner GMS120 Works on wood and metal studs.
2. Hanging Tool: Go Hang It! Pro – The Original All-in-One Picture Hanging & Leveling Kit. This tool has everything you need to make hanging pictures EASY!
3. Anchors: Plastic Self Drilling Drywall Anchors with Screws Kit, 100 Pieces. We love the anchors that are self-drilling versus trying to hammer them into the wall.
4. Level: CRAFTSMAN Torpedo Level, 9-Inch A level is MUST when hanging any piece of artwork.
5. Wire: Picture Hanging Wire. This comes in handy if you don’t want to use the 2 piece hooks on a picture.
Uniquely Yours Home Artwork Suggestions
3. Canvas Art
For shelf decoration ideas, see our blog Style Your Bookshelves Like a Pro.
5. Ledge Shelves to display picture frames.
While most DIY’ers can put these ideas into practice, if you need help hanging your artwork in the Rogers, MN area, don’t hesitate to contact Uniquely Yours Home Inc. for a hassle-free consultation at 763-274-0736, your local Rogers, MN home interior designer, and office interior designer.
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