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3 Steps to Hanging Artwork Like a Pro

June 20th, 2017 Posted by For Art Lovers, Living with Art 0 comments on “3 Steps to Hanging Artwork Like a Pro”

The elation of finding the perfect artwork can suddenly disappear once you get it home and begin to fret over where and/or how to hang the piece – above the sofa? In the study? Or, in that little nook by the stairs?

Wait, hanging art shouldn’t be stressful - so we’ve pulled together our top tips to help you decide on the perfect place for your new acquisition, as well as how to hang it like a pro!

1. Composition and Placement

Sometimes we’ll think ahead and shop for art to go in a particular spot, but like with a pair of beautiful shoes, we’ve all had moments when we’re so taken by something that we just have to have it – and will worry about the rest of the outfit later!

When deciding where to hang your new piece of art, it helps to step back and survey the room/s – take note of the amount of available wall space, your color themes and the layout of furniture and windows (remembering that direct sunlight can damage artwork). By doing a quick, logical audit, you should be able to narrow down your options.

Statement Pieces

If you have a large statement piece, to maximize the impact, you may want to dedicate an entire wall or central areas such as above the sofa or bed. A general rule of thumb is that these pieces should be between 1/2 - 2/3 the width of the furniture you’re hanging it above.

Art Hanging Over a Sofa
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Small Pieces and Gallery Walls

Gallery walls are another way great way to fill wall space when you have a number of smaller pieces. Experts recommend hanging larger or bold pieces and artwork with heavy frames closer to the center surrounded by smaller pieces to create a dynamic but balanced composition. It can be challenging to visualize how the pieces will look on the wall before you hang them but doing lots of research can really help. We love this template that we found via a quick Google!

To help save time (and extra nail holes in the wall) it’s worth trying different layouts on the floor and to even use craft paper to cut out templates for each piece that you can stick to the wall with painters tape to decide on the final arrangement, and to figure out your hook height calculations (we’ll get to this shortly).

Gallery Wall in a Home
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Layering and Propping Up

From mantle pieces and built in shelving, to bay windows and sideboards, you might have the perfect home for your artwork without even hanging it up! Depending on your décor, you might be able to play with layering several, different sized pieces. Alternatively, one piece layered with smaller trinkets, vases, candles, and lamps might be all you need.

Propping Up Art Instead of Hanging
Photo Credit: Sylwia Pietruszka via Unsplash

2. Hanging Art at the Right Height

For maximum impact, art should be viewed at eye level. Because people’s heights vary significantly, many experts recommend hanging art so that the center of the piece is between 57-60 inches above the ground. The most common go-to measurement is 57”, but whatever you decide, just make sure you go with that for all pieces.

If you’re hanging a cluster of pieces on a gallery wall, the center point of the entire group should hang at a height of 57-60".

Hanging Art at Home
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As usual, there are exceptions to this rule. If you are hanging artwork above a piece of furniture, you will want to allow some breathing room in between the top of the furniture and bottom of the frame. If the piece is very tall (over 120”), it is best to leave six to eight inches above the floor.

Once you’ve decided on your center point, you’ll need to do a little bit of math to figure out where to put the hook on the wall. We love this handy painting height calculator, or you can work through the following:

How to Measure and Hang Art
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The height of your center point  + ½ of the height of your painting the distance between the top of your artwork and the top of the wire, or hanger = your hook height.

Then, you just need to measure your final calculation up from the floor and to the horizontal position that you’ve decided on.

3. Essential Tools For Hanging Art

Finally, having the right tools on hand will make hanging your new piece much quicker and easier.

We recommend having a hammer, tape measure, spirit level and a pencil. If you’re working on a gallery wall, craft paper and painters tape are also worth buying.

Instead of nails, we recommend using picture hangers such as Floreat or TYE™ Hangers. Keep in mind the weight of your piece when purchasing the picture hangers as each type of picture hanger is designed to hold a maximum weight. For larger items, you could use two hangers that are still installed at the same height, but a couple inches either side of your horizontal center point.

Measuring Tape
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Young woman looking at modern painting in art gallery

“Touching” on The Slow Art Movement

March 30th, 2017 Posted by Art News, Living with Art, Slow Art 0 comments on ““Touching” on The Slow Art Movement”

As people begin to gear up (or down!) for Slow Art Day on April 8th, alongside 170+ venues that are participating this year, we’re feeling inspired by this BBC Culture video, and want to share what the slow art movement means to the art community.

Watch the BBC video, "How to look at a work of art," discussing the slow art movement: here 

Watch the BBC video "How to look at a work of art"

So, is there a ‘right’ amount of time to look at, or engage with an art work?

This concept of “eyeball etiquette” can be difficult to feel certain of when looking at an art piece. How long should you look for? What more do you get out of an piece of art if you look at it more slowly?

When you look at art there is a moment where you and the artwork meet in the centre – this can be done if you look at it slowly and fully engage with the piece. Connecting with art in this way has a simple effect: it encourages creativity and helps people discover the joy of looking at art, creating more art lovers.

One hour is needed to experience a masterpiece, says the gallery owner in the BBC Culture video. It is important to think about why the artist created the piece you are observing. How did they go about painting it? What was the inspiration behind it? What is the first thing you noticed about this piece? Thinking about these ideas will allow you to connect with the painting more, and experience the art in the way an artist would have. Of course, the amount of time to look at an art work and what you need to think about can be a varying opinion; after all, everyone has a different way of thinking about art.

Slow Art Day encourages people to choose a few pieces of art and stare at them longer. In most galleries and museums today there are so many different pieces to see. People are racing around and trying to see as much as possible, taking photos instead of really looking. And these photos don’t allow you to fully experience the original work, the way it was intended.

Children touching Van Gogh reproductions
"Please touch the artwork"

At Verus Art we take the slow art movement concept even further. With our elevated prints of works by great masters such as Van Gogh and Monet, we encourage people to not only look at our prints, but also to touch them! We enable a more enriched art experience by allowing people to connect with the actual brushwork of their favourite artists – experiencing art the way the artist originally intended. “Please touch the artwork” is at the very core of our philosophy.

Verus Art makes some of the greatest art more accessible so that people can connect with art, the way the slow art movement intends. So have fun slowing down and really looking at art, and why not help other enjoy this experience by joining the movement on social media: #slowartday @SlowArtDay

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