6 tips for hanging art
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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