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How To Hang Art - The Dos & Don’ts

We’re not big on rules here at AttikoArt. In fact, (yes, yes, we admit it) we sometimes get a tiny thrill out of breaking them. But we thought we’d provide a few pointers for the lovely people who have asked for advice on how to hang our canvases. If you choose to ignore them and do something completely off the wall (excuse the pun) you may well come up with something extraordinary. But in the meantime these are our top tips for fail-safe decorating with art:

1. Think about scale. If you’re going to hang a painting above a huge sideboard (or bed, or sofa...) don’t chicken out and hang an apologetic little print that will be lost on the wall. Be bold! Go BIG! (or do a cluster - but more on those though in a later post). Conversely, if you have a narrow, delicate side table remember that a huge piece of art above it will look top-heavy: Consider a smaller print for here instead.

How to hang art

2. Generally, lower is better: It’s amazing how many paintings are hung way too high. It’s probably the number one mistake that people make - and something that an experienced eye will pick up immediately because it just looks, well, “off”. If you’re not too sure about this, here’s our top tip: Think of your furniture and art as one united block, not as two separate things. They have to “hang together” spatially. And that won’t happen if the canvas is closer to the ceiling than it is to the furniture below it. See? Easy!

How to hang art

3. Layering can be awesome: Now, far be it for us to suggest that our prints should hold anything less than centre stage (!) we do also really love a bit of layering. Don’t be afraid to have a ceiling pendant or floor lamp positioned in front of part of your art, or maybe a bit of lush foliage from a gorgeous pot plant creeping into centre stage. It can tie elements of your whole interior scheme together brilliantly, and the finished look is effortless and sophisticated all at the same time. What’s not to like?

How to hang art

4. Art needs space: Don’t feel you need to hang something on every wall. A bit of blank space can work wonders as a foil to your art, so maybe think of leaving one wall unadorned - this way your art can really shine!

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