THE WALL OF FRAMES
Well if you ask me; I’d say, “Its’ almost a crime to leave your walls bare and your beautiful pictures stacked away on some virtual space”. It just takes some precious memories, a hammer and a nail and a little technical detail on how and where to hang your art work to create a perfect designer inspired look for your home. So just plunge in and get started.
KEEPING IT SIMPLE
Frames complement the photographs and create the mood and the atmosphere of the display. Have all your frames and artworks framed in a same way while displaying it together. Thin, slick frames are better for grids or rows (this invokes feelings of newness and modernity). Also keep in mind the proportion while spacing the frames from one another. Keeping it simple is the key.
Whereas, if you have singular ornate frames or some elaborately engraved wooden frames, give it some breathing room by not hanging lots near it (this invokes an elegant, vintage style of display). Be innovative with the framing as it will be the most important feature of your display.
THE RIGHT HEIGHT
So, on an average it turns out that measuring 57-58 inches from ground level to the centre of the picture always works just perfect (obviously, the hook will be higher, this should be applied for the centrepiece of the wall). Having this as your base, do a little math to space the other frames around the centre piece if you wish to create a collage of frames.
Though this may seem complicated to read, it is quite simple when you do it. The thing to always remember is that the center of all your pictures are hanging at the same 57” and you are just figuring out where the hook goes above it.
- Measure and lightly mark 57” on the wall
- Measure the height of the artwork and divide that number by 2. (30′′ / 2 = 15′′)
- Measure the distance between the top of the picture wire (when stretched) and the top of the frame. (i.e. 4′′)
- Subtract the second number (distance of wire to top of frame) from the first number (half of the artwork size). This will tell you how far above 57” your hook should go. (15′′ – 4′′ = 11′′). Take the number you just figured out and add 57′′, and then mark that measurement on the wall (in pencil). (i.e. 57′′ + 11′′ = 68′′). Wire comes to 2” below the top. These method works for several different types of artwork or picture groupings. Think of a group as one picture.
THE BALANCING ACT OF SPACING
Keep in mind that the trick is to mind the sizes of the photos, the layout, frame design and background when it comes to setting up a captivating family photo display in any room.
Here are some options for you with detailed dimensions on it. Hopefully this provides you with an idea on how to display your frames creatively and how to manage them tactfully.
Try doing this So you don’t end up puncturing nail holes on your wall just about everywhere:
- Trace each frame onto chart papers, cut them out, mark the tightened wire height or hook position, then stick them to the wall with painter’s tape. This will give you an idea of the coverage of the wall as well as where exactly to drill holes for the frames to be hung. How simple is that?
- You can also arrange the display on the floor first before hanging.