6 tips for hang­ing art

Kapi-Mana News - - GARDENING - BEA TAY­LOR

Whether your art is a ‘‘love at first sight’’ af­fair, or re­quires a bit of break­ing in, it’s im­por­tant to make sure it’s dis­played at its best. Evie Kemp, artist and art styling con­sul­tant shares her top six hacks for hang­ing art suc­cess­fully:

Put a dab of tooth­paste on the hook on the back of the frame be­fore hold­ing up against the wall ex­actly where you’d like it to go. The tooth­paste will mark the per­fect spot to put in your nail, and then cleanly wipes off.

A pic­ture ledge with stacked art works is a beau­ti­ful, and eas­ily change­able, way to make a dis­play. Mix big and small, and be sure to over­lap some pieces. You can have mul­ti­ple ledges, and mix in things like beau­ti­ful book cov­ers, or record sleeves. In NZ most Ikea im­porters sell af­ford­able pic­ture ledges.

A small piece of earth­quake putty on

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ei­ther side of larger frames will stop them go­ing wonky, and won’t mark your walls like ad­he­sive putty. Put un­der­neath art­works on shelves to stop them po­ten­tially shift­ing too. A lit­tle goes a long way.

For a stun­ning gallery wall, think out­side the square - lit­er­ally. Along­side framed pieces, in­clude dif­fer­ent shapes, ob­jects and tex­tures. Mir­rors, hang­ing plants, plates, neon lights, de­signer tea tow­els, vin­tage signs, jew­ellery and woven wall hang­ings are all other things you could in­clude.

Con­sider al­ter­na­tive meth­ods of hang­ing or fram­ing, a com­bi­na­tion of tra­di­tional and new cre­ates in­ter­est as well as be­ing cost ef­fec­tive. For pieces that don’t need to be be­hind glass, you can hang them with bull­dog clips or wooden poster rods.

An­gling ceil­ing lights to­wards your art dis­play in­stantly gives it a pro look. If you don’t have the light­ing set up, try a lamp off to one size and an­gled to­wards to wall - it will add drama and fo­cus.

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