Tips on Framing and Hanging Your Art
Do you have art sitting around your house that has never been properly displayed or hung? For some, framing art seems like it will be pricey and you then become overwhelmed with options. You may find yourself asking questions like “What color frame do I use? Do I need a mat?” And then there’s the thought of putting a nail in the wall that makes you think it is not worth it at all. Say goodbye to blank walls and check out this list of tips for framing and hanging your art:
Do not try to match all of your frames.
A common mistake people make is thinking that all of their frames and art have to match. Interior Designer, Nate Berkus, says “I prefer mixing and matching.” He recommends keeping the language of the frames similar but they do not have to match in color or size.
Your home does not have to be a museum.
The majority of people collect art from all different categories such as sentimental pieces, flea market and online scores, photographs from a special trip or vacation, children’s paintings, vintage posters. These are all pieces you want to frame well without spending a fortune or feeling intimidated. You do not have to frame only high-end art. Your home does not have to be a museum, make it personal, make it look like YOU.
Treat canvas work differently from others.
Oil paint on canvas is hardier and more stable in the face of the elements—hanging them in indirect sunlight is fine without any UV protections. You can also slightly dust theme without worrying about causing damage. While you should skip the glass and the mat for these, you might still want to surround canvas work with molding (the frame itself).
Frame for the long haul.
In order to preserve a piece over time, matting materials should be acid-free, and there should be a dust cover on its back. Usually, there’s a glass layer over the front, but some companies offer acrylic instead. Acrylic has the advantage of being shatterproof and lightweight; however, it can scratch more easily than glass. Whatever material you choose, be sure to make sure it has been treated to protect from UV rays.
Trust your instincts.
A lot of times we just go by what looks good. This is especially true when hanging art in any space affected by furnishings and architectural elements such as mantels or archways. For these areas, have someone hold the piece while you look at it from various angles. Try looking at it while seated and standing. It is very common to hang art too high, which can make the piece look like it is floating around on its own. When in doubt, always hang low. This will allow the artwork to relate more closely to the furniture and architecture.
Try not to worry too much. There really is no right and wrong when framing and hanging your art. Your collection should be organized in a way that is appealing to you. If the picture is good enough to hang, it does not matter where you hang it—it will look good anyway.