UP THE WALL

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FRAMES Opt for a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent frames rather than stick­ing rigidly to one colour or fin­ish. This looks more in­ter­est­ing and friendly and gives you the free­dom to add dif­fer­ent frames as your col­lec­tion grows.

DE­SIGN Be­fore hang­ing any­thing, lay out your frames on the floor to de­vise a lay­out and make sure that they work well to­gether. Start with your favourite (or largest) image in the mid­dle at eye level, then build out­wards from there. Try to cre­ate a story, or ar­range items that share a com­mon look or sub­ject to­gether. You could go for a clas­sic grid con­fig­u­ra­tion, or think out­side the box and go ver­ti­cal (Pin­ter­est or In­sta­gram are great for pic­ture-wall in­spi­ra­tion). Add a dash of hu­mour and per­son­al­ity by in­clud­ing un­ex­pected items such as faux an­i­mal heads, framed notes or other per­sonal items – any­thing that makes you smile.

AC­CU­RACY Once you’ve de­cided on the po­si­tion­ing of each pic­ture, mea­sure out ex­actly where you want your pic­tures to hang on the wall. Space art­works at least 4cm apart to give each one room to breathe. And al­ways use a ruler and spirit level for best re­sults – no­body likes a wonky pic­ture.

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