Hanging picture frames: distance and space

Written by chris pink on June 26, 2015 in Picture Framing

Let’s say you’ve just finished re-decorating your living room. You want to start brand-new, now, and hang paintings so that the space emulates a smart gallery room.

But stop right there: have you considered the effect of spacing the paintings, or how much room you have to play with?

In this week’s blog, we’ll consider the various things that affect how you hang pictures and what makes them look good on the wall.

Space is opinion

How many paintings or photos you decide to hang depends on the biggest factor: space and how much of it there will be between each painting.

You can either go for the sparse approach, and have only a few select works with plenty of room between each of them, or you can position a number of paintings on the wall.

Providing there is equal room between each painting, the latter approach can work equally well. Which brings us to point number 2…

Viewing distance

In order to work out how many paintings you would like to hang, consider how far away the paintings will be viewed from. If there is a fair bit of room to stand back and admire the pictures, you may wish to have less paintings.

That way, the eye will focus only on specific works of art.

If you have a smaller room, however, you may want the intimate approach of looking at lots of different intricate paintings.

This works very well with small pieces that demand a lot of attention, or when you have a theme that flows throughout each one, telling a story.

Framing consistency

The main thing to remember is that if you have just a few paintings on show, you won’t want too many frame types to distract from the art.

On the other hand, if you have many different paintings, you may well be able to use lots of different frames, and make this a feature entirely in its own right.

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