How to frame, hang art during home: 4 tips for formulating knockout displays

August 22, 2015 - photo frame

Have we ever suffered from art-hanging paralysis? 

Frozen by a whinging fear that if we try to hang your poetic pieces of art, they will demeanour bad or wrong? You’re not alone. For some reason, many of us are fearful to take produce and spike in palm and get going on those big, dull walls.

To my husband’s dismay, we have a conflicting problem. we usually start pounding. If we don’t like what we see, we lift out a spike and bruise divided in a new place.

For that reason, we customarily wait until he leaves to hang my design — it’s easier on his nerves.

Hanging art doesn’t have to be tough or intimidating. we asked Dillon, who designs and installs all a design displays during Nell Hill’s, to share his secrets for formulating beautiful galleries on your walls. Here are his tip 4 tips:


My favorite bedrooms are those where a design displays on any wall are opposite from one another. Here are a few of Dillon’s favorite forms of displays:

Groupings: When formulating design groupings, Dillon likes to mix together a far-reaching accumulation of sizes, shapes and subjects. Too often, people make a mistake of unresolved one medium-size square of art on a too-big wall, were it gets swallowed up. Another mistake, he said, is to cluster too many tiny pieces together, that gets too busy.

When he’s conceptualizing a grouping, Dillon starts with a largest square of art, places it, afterwards fills in with other pieces. He mostly staggers any square so nothing of a frames line up.

Sometimes, he said, not each square we wish to hang will fit in a display. And, sometimes, we will need to get additional art to finish a grouping. Don’t force what doesn’t demeanour good.

He also suggested that when we emanate groupings, we lift a pieces together tightly, withdrawal usually a few inches between.

Grids: Grids can be a simplest to devise though a hardest to execute, Dillon said. The pivotal to success is to measure, measure, measure. If we are off by even a fragment of an inch, a grid won’t demeanour right.

When formulating a grid, we can cover as small or as most of a wall as we like.

A vast picture: When we have a vast square of artwork, we might wish to showcase it all by itself. Hung by itself in a stairwell or over a sofa, it’s unequivocally dramatic. If we have a vast wall, and a square isn’t utterly vast adequate to fill a space, we can side it with dual smaller pieces of art.


If we are like my husband, and hatred a thought of putting some-more spike holes in a wall than necessary, it might be a good thought for we to do a scale sketch before we start pounding, to safeguard a cinema finish adult where we wish them.

Sometimes Dillon lays all a pieces on a building and moves them about until he comes adult with a pattern he likes.

Then he uses a fasten magnitude to find a core of a organisation and outlines it with a Post-It note.

He takes a print of a organisation with his cellphone so he can refurbish a demeanour on a wall. Once he hangs a initial piece, a rest tumble into place easily.


One pivotal to creation design unresolved easier is to have a right tools. Dillon uses:

  • A ladder or step stool
  • A fasten measure
  • A scratch hammer
  • Nails and anchors
  • Paper to record his calculations
  • Post-It notes

Instead of putting small pencil lines on a wall to symbol where a design is ostensible to go, Dillon has come adult with an inventive system: He outlines a mark with Post-It notes.

One note indicates a tip of a art, a second a bottom. Seeing a records in place, both tip and bottom, helps him also confirm either a art will be too low or too high, so he can change a plcae but pulling out a spike and starting over.


When we hang artwork, it’s easy to strike your thumbnail, not a design nail. Aim carefully.

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