There’s no right or wrong way, but there are a few tips to bear in mind when you get home from the gallery with your treasured piece.
Ensure there is secure wire on the reverse or D ring hooks. Wire is more secure for heavier paintings.
Coated wire is even more secure, as it stops it from fraying or splitting.
Measure and mark the space on the wall. Don’t worry about making marks on or holes in the wall, it’s more important to get it right.
The painting should hang with the middle roughly at eye level.
Depending on the weight of the painting you may need two hooks. Don’t ever use adhesive!
Consider the size of the painting, if it’s small it will look lonely by itself. Hang alongside other works to fill the space proportionally.
If it is to hang above furniture, think about whether it suits the location and how far away the furniture will sit from the wall, will people be brushing past?
When hanging the painting use protective gloves and put a blanket or cover furniture or the floor in case of accidents.
Ask someone to help!
Don’t spend time worrying that it won’t look as good in your home as it does in the gallery. A gallery is not a home.
Put the painting somewhere it will be in tune with your emotions. If it is a piece that makes you instantly smile, then put it near your front door. That way, you will leave with a smile on your face and arrive with one too.
If it’s a piece likely to instigate a discussion, put it in a room that welcomes conversation, such as a lounge or dining room.
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