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5 Interior Design tips from a PRO

Today we are super lucky to get 5 Interior Design tips for hanging art on your wall from a professional interior designer. Her name is Candice Jones, from Designs by Jones.

She has over a decade of experience in the industry and I must say, her before and after designs are exquisite. Sometimes a little bit of perspective can go a long way, especially if you are feeling daunted by the thought of adding a piece of original art into the home. However, her top 5 tips for hanging art in the home makes the process a whole lot easier. So stick with us and read on ...

#1. The Right Wall for your Art

Firstly, you need to work out where you want to hang your art. Is it a large piece for your entrance wall? Often hallways are best to display a gallery of family photos. A collection of artwork can work really well in a lounge room, or an oversized statement piece can be effective in a dining room.

#2. Hang Art at Eye Level

The most common mistake I see as a designer is artwork being hung at the wrong height. You’ll also read a lot of advice that says to hang your artwork at “eye level” but eye level is completely different for every person.

It doesn’t matter how high your ceilings are or how tall your husband is, all of this is totally irrelevant to how high you hang your artwork.

The centre of your artwork should hang approximately 145 - 165cm from the floor when

it’s the only item on that vertical wall space. I know that’s a 20cm difference, but you may want to experiment to see what works best for your wall.

When hanging artwork above furniture such as a couch or side table, your artwork should be approximately 10-15cm above the piece of furniture.

#3. Know the Importance of Scale

When hanging above a console for example, a good guide is your artwork should be around 3/4 the width of the piece of furniture.

Another trick when hanging a gallery of images is to either use painter tape to mark out your size and spacing on the wall first in order to get the balance right. Or you can lay your gallery of pictures out on the floor to see how they work best.

#4. Hanging Small Pictures

As you can imagine, a small picture hung on a large wall can look out of balance. Ideally you want to look for narrow walls, like those between two doorways or windows. You can also consider hanging two or three small pictures in a vertical line. In this case, treat the centre picture as the centre of the grouping.

#5. You Don’t Have To Hang Everything

Instead of hanging your art, consider a modern look by arranging your art elegantly on a self, or on top of a console. Some pieces can even be left on the floor by leaning them against a wall for or a less formal approach.

Written by Candice Jones | Design by Jones

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