Tips for hanging pictures

Tips for hanging pictures

Pictures are used very commonly as objects of decoration on the walls, tables, mantle pieces and so on. Choosing appropriate and aesthetically sound pictures is rather difficult, but one can learn to do so by study of pictures. Many themes are dealt through various media and styles by artists. One must get familiar with these and learn to appropriate the pictures in order to enjoy them. You use tips for hanging pictures

1. Selection of pictures:

When selecting pictures as objects of decoration, both aesthetic appeal and subject matter appeal must be considered. Aesthetic appeal is the effect created by colour and form of the picture. A good composition of the picture creates the interest and serves as center of interest. Colour appeal of the picture should be considered in relation to the room where it is to be hung or beautiful colours in a picture may be the basis for the colour scheme of a room.

2. Subject matter appeal:

Pictures should have pleasant subject for the purpose of decoration. Flower paintings, landscapes, portraits, figure paintings and animal pictures are appealing subjects. Pictures drawn with water colours, oil paintings by great artist may be expensive but their reproductions, print in black and white or colour may be possible to use.

3. Relation of picture to rooms:

Suitable pictures for living rooms are landscapes, marines. flowers pictures, figure compositions and portrait pictures for dining room may be of flowers, landscape and some still life and newer prints in kitchens. Bed rooms may have personal or family photographs. Children’s rooms should have pictures appealing to children, which would also help them to develop aesthetic sense.

4. Pictures can be changed from time to time if one gets tired of seeing them.

5. Pictures may be combined in order to have variety in size but they should create a harmonious effect. Since pictures area part of the room composition formed on a all they should conform to the size and shape of the wall area.

2. Framing of Pictures

A frame is used for any picture because it controls the life movement in the lines of the picture; also it provides the transition between the pictures and the wall on which it is hung.

a. Frames are made of many materials. Improperly framed pictures lose their effectiveness. Many times frames become more prominent than pictures and sometimes they are aesthetically not appealing.

Plain wood frames finished in their natural colours are suitable for nearly all types of pictures. Black, white, grey or dull silver are the usual colours for framing photographs, etchings or black and white prints. Oil paintings require heavy frames, and no glass is used in framing them. Frames for water colours should be of fairly narrow mouldings. Select frames for pictures by trying different pieces of moldings on the pictures.


Framing of Pictures
Framing of Pictures

(a) Vertical Picture (b) Horizontal Picture (c) Square Picture


b. Before framing, many pictures need to be provided with a suitable back drop, hence they are mounted on mats before framing. Usually oil paintings are exception to this.

The colour of a mat may be white, at neutral tone lighter than the frame but slightly darker than the light in the picture.

c. A mat may be of fabric or mounting paper. The tire of the mat depends upon the size and type of picture, upon the

space where it it to be hung. For the mounting of the pictures Law of Margins’ is used as follows:

1. in vertical rectangle pictures the bottom of the ma should be widest, the top next In width and the sides slightly narrower.

2. In horizontal rectangle pictures the narrowest margin at the top. the medium margin at sides and the widest margin at the bottom.

3. A square picture usually has the same margin at top and sides and a wider one at the bottom.

4. Photographs may be framed with or without mat depending upon the size.

3. Hanging of Pictures In Different Areas of the House

Pictures should not be hung just anywhere to fill up empty wall spaces but they should be grouped with furniture and wall ‘ to give an impression of unity.


Grouping of pictures for hanging distance between the pictures should be less than the width of pictures.

a. Pictures should be hung as flat as possible as they will appear to be the integral part of the wall. The devices used for hanging should not show conspicuously. The books and wires can be painted same colour as wall in order to make them inconspicuous.

b. Pictures should be hung low and not above the eye level of a standing person.

c. Small pictures should be grouped according to a common theme or colour, While grouping, the picture, it is desirable to leave less space between the pictures than the pictures themselves.

d. Lower edges of all the pictures in a room should be at the same level from the floor.

e. Pictures should nor be hung in one step up fashion because this makes the arrangement more noticeable than the pictures. Odd numbers symmetrically arranged are more desirable than two pictures staggered in height.

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