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How to hang wall art

HOW TO HANG

PICTURES

Interior designer and TV presenter Sophie Robinson shares her passion for colour, pattern and accessories and shows you how to create your own personalised picture wall.

Sophie Robinson

Arranging wall art has to be my favourite way to accessorise a home. It’s a great way to create a focal point, add some colour and by far one of the best ways to really personalise a space. There are a few different techniques and ideas you can try to create a stunning picture wall
- here are a few of my top tips and tricks.

GALLERY WALLS

This is my favourite way to hang a collection of art, where you gather together all your pictures and group them in one display. It creates a strong focal point, and can really help tie a look together. One thing I really love about a gallery wall is the way it can grow organically over time. You can switch pictures around and add and subtract as you go. To get started, I lay all the pictures on the floor, and jig them around until I find an arrangement I like before hanging them on the wall. Here’s a few tips to get a great layout.

POSITIONING

Pick a complementary colour story so all your pictures work together. This way you can have fun mixing and matching different frames.

Consider centering the gallery wall over a piece of furniture like a sofa or sideboard. If there isn’t any furniture against the wall you can consider taking the frames all the way to the floor for a different look.

Start with one of the larger pieces or hero paintings and put this in the middle.

Arrange all the other pictures around this one. Sometimes it works to centre the pictures, and sometimes it works to line them up, either left or right.

Keep the gaps between the pictures similar throughout. Throw in an unexpected shape like a clock, mirror or plate to keep the feeling loose.

Use command strips to hang the pictures- so you can easily move them around once they are up and you don’t need to worry about nailing too many holes in the wall. You can always put nails or screws in afterwards when you are settled on the arrangement.

PROPPED PICTURES

This is a favourite with interior stylists as it gives a really lovely relaxed vibe. I like the temporary nature of it, so you can have fun switching the look around later down the road. The key here is to prop pictures of different heights, and again, think of a colour story which links them all together. Next you can create a nice arrangement of objects around it, to create different heights. A pile of heavy books in front or some nubs of blue tack will keep the pictures in position.

Propped Pictures

HANG & ALIGN

This is a very classic way of hanging pictures but it can create real impact. The trend for decorating in very dark colours means arrangements like this look particularly stunning. Precision is key with this one and it’s essential that you use a spirit level and measuring tape to form the perfect grid. As a rule of thumb, I think a 5-8 cm gap looks good. The key here here is to hang your pictures nice and low! Often I see pictures too high up and it makes them look a little lost.

Hang & Align

CREATE A FOCAL POINT

A large-scale piece of wall art, or a mirror is a great way to create a focal point.

I like to maximise the impact with a little symmetry so a pair of stunning lamps either side really enhances the statement. Again, make sure you hang your mirror or artwork nice and low so it’s close to the console table or sideboard. It then looks great if you break up the shape with vases and ornaments. This is where I like to break the symmetry, because I like a more relaxed feel in my home.

Create a focal point

SOPHIE'S TOP TIPS

Finally, here are my five top tips to displaying art:

More is more. Artwork looks great when it’s grouped together, either as a gallery wall or symmetrically in a grid or row.

Avoid hanging your artwork too high. It looks better when it's hung just above a piece of furniture.

Try and link your pictures together in some way - either by having a similar colour story throughout or with similar frames.

Enjoy collecting artwork over time. This way you can add and subtract pieces, helping to keep your home feeling fresh and individual.

Consider painting the wall behind a shade deeper than you dare. Paintings look great in contrast.

Sophies Top Tips