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Learn How to Hang Wall Art the Right Way Every Time

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Correctly hung artwork is the finishing touch of any successful design. Image: Marie Flanigan Interiors

Figuring out how to hang wall art correctly is one of the age-old conundrums of interior design. Everyone knows that an improperly hung work of art sticks out like a sore thumb, but it’s tricky to get right. That is, until you know the unspoken rules you need to follow.

We’re here to clear up this issue once and for all. Consider this your ultimate guide on how to hang wall art the right way. We’ve outlined every step you need to know to find the perfect place for your artwork every time.

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Artwork needs to be the right size. Image: 2 Lovely Gays

Choose the right size artwork

First and foremost, you need to make sure the piece of wall art you choose is appropriately sized for the spot where it’s going to be placed. Even if you’re hanging skills are flawless, a piece of art that’s too big or too small for its wall is going to end up looking out of place.

If you’re putting the wall art directly behind a piece of furniture — like a painting over a sofa or buffet — you’re in luck. There’s a trick that allows you to eyeball your measurements. Ideally, the furniture piece will be slightly longer than the wall art on either side. You should aim to find a wall hanging that is two-thirds its length.

If you’re planning on putting the piece of artwork on a standalone wall, the math is a little more complicated. (Though, nothing that can’t be solved with the help of a calculator.) Conventional wisdom states that artwork should take up four-sevenths of the wall on which it is placed. To figure those dimensions, start by measuring the length and width of the wall. Then, multiply each number by 0.571, which is four-sevenths as a decimal.

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Feel free to alter placement to fit the size of the room. Image: MK Properties

Adapt the placement to the room

In the past, the rule of thumb was that all artwork should be placed roughly at eye level. But someone who is 5’1″ will have a vastly different eye level than someone who is 6’5″, so it ends up being fairly arbitrary. These days, the school of thought is that the center of a piece of art should generally be 57 inches from the floor.

To find that spot, start by measuring the height of the picture and then dividing that number by two to find its center. Afterward, measure the distance from the picture wire or nail hook to the top of the frame. Subtract that distance from half of the picture’s height, and finally, add your result to 57. Whatever your final number ends up being, measure that distance up the wall to find the point where you should put your nail and mark it for later use.

That said, math is no substitute for perception in interior design. While you can use these figures as a guide, don’t be afraid to make adjustments accordingly. For example, when a room has high ceilings, it may make more sense to hang your wall art slightly higher than usual to account for the extra space.

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Follow these steps when you’re ready to hang the wall art. Image: Bronwyn Poole by Touch Interiors

How to hang wall art

Once you have your wall art and it’s placement selected, it’s time to get hanging. While this is usually considered a two-person job, there is a simple way to make it work on your own. All it takes is some paper and a little tape.

Start by tracing your piece of wall art on a piece of paper. Then, cut it out so you have a template to use. Make a mark on the template to show where the picture wire or hook will be by measuring out the same distance as from the wire to the top of the frame. With the marking-side out, match up the nail mark on your template to the nail mark on the wall and secure it in place with tape. This will give you a chance to step back and see how the wall art will look from farther away. Feel free to make adjustments as you see fit.

Once you’re happy with how the wall art is placed, break out your nail and hammer. Place the nail in the spot you’ve marked. Then, peel away the template. From there, all you need to do is put the picture in place.

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Gallery walls require extra consideration. Image: NDC Homes Inc.

Tackling gallery walls

People have a tendency to shy away from gallery walls because they believe putting one together is overly difficult or they won’t be able to put together an aesthetically pleasing arrangement. In reality, hanging one of these doesn’t take that much extra effort.

This difference lies in how you start. Once you’ve collected all of the pieces, decide on the arrangement. Do this on the floor rather than on the wall so you can easily make changes. Choose a center item first and then build your layout around it.

Once you’re satisfied, follow the same processes described above. Start by placing a template of your center photo at 57 inches and add in the other templates according to your layout. Then, one by one, use the templates to place the nail for each artwork.

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Feel free to alter placement to fit the size of the room. Image: D’Aquino Monaco Inc.

If you’re unsure how to hang wall art the right way, trust us when we say you’re not alone. Many homeowners struggle with one of interior design’s most fundamental tasks. We’re here to clean up this issue once and for all. Use this as your ultimate guide on how to hang wall art. Our tips will help you complete this once-stressful task with ease.

Do you have trouble hanging wall art? Do you have any tips you can share to help get it right? Let us know in the comments below.

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A Sprawling Modern Home in Bangkok

When every member of a family has a space for themselves that reflects their personality, a house is just more comfortable. Of course, an expansive floorplan and high end interior design are certainly helpful, but it is the personalities that are imbued in the different rooms, while still maintaining a unifying feel, that really make this house stunning. While Bangkok may be best known for its busy streets and frantic pace, this house is a serene sliver of life. And from the architects at ForX Design Studio and photographer Tinnaphop Chawatin, we’re allowed to step inside and explore the luxury.

Starting with the exterior of the house, the design embodies luxury and space.

Two stories with the second level cantilevered out over a back deck gives a stunning impression from the street.

The second level has its own outdoor space as well.

An intimate chat poolside is still possible, despite the square footage.

Of course, another couple may be having a similar chat just behind you and you’ll never hear a word.

From the outside, you can enter the house through a outdoor stairwell, perfect for Bangkok’s warm weather.

Once inside, it’s easy to see the modern luxury theme that the interior latches onto.

The public spaces of the building are unsurprisingly quite spacious, with large, luxurious furnishings.

These spaces also adhere to a mostly neutral color scheme, as evidenced by this black and copper kitchen and dining area.

Springs of green make for an unsubtle contrast to the dark colors of this particular room.

Moving into the private areas of the home, neutral continues to reign in this gray bedroom.

A private workspace includes simple but luxurious details.

In another living area, a gold chandelier and more plush furniture indicate a love for comfort and class.

Warm brown leather makes for a tasteful and timeless sofa.

Another dining space is a bit warmer with wood providing contrast to black fixtures.

Of course, the outdoors also plays an important role with large windows and sliding doors making access easier.

In another bedroom, more gray, this time put alongside its companions of black and white.

The bedroom is comfortable and modern if not bursting with personality.

An adjacent room is a bit softer in tone with overhead lighting casting a warm and inviting glow over the space.

And what home office area would be complete without some version of an Eames chair?

Color hasn’t been banned from this home, as we can see in this playful blue bedroom.

Exposed Edison lightbulbs are a trendy addition, too.

For a more rustic vibe, this living area includes an antler chandelier — giving it a decidedly different tone from the gold fixtures we already saw.

Pressed flowers make for a feminine and artistic touch.

Color comes into play again with this lovely teal space that takes full advantage of natural light.

A pink bedroom is not exactly a rare sight, but a repetition of the exposed bulbs and some scalloping on the headboard make it a pretty one.

Where pink can feel too young to some, a vibrant purple has some of the same feminine beauty while being a touch more grown up.

The exterior greenery of this space cannot be overstated.

Careful landscaping matches with the natural greenery of the locale.

Trees and sidewalks make for a welcoming space surrounding the home.

A creative use of grass makes things a bit more interesting than solid slabs of sod.

Paving stones add an artistic and practical element.

Outdoor gathering spaces go beyond the poolside chairs to gazebos and even suspended stones that dangle over moats.

At night time, there is no substitute for a quiet night by the pool.

In the shadow of this beautiful house, nothing could be more relaxing.

Recommended Reading: A Modern House In Thailand With Courtyard Swimming Pool

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What to Expect When Working with an Interior Designer: A First-Timer’s Guide

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You should ask several questions before working with an interior designer for the first time. Image: Toronto Interior Design Group | Yanic Simard

Working with an interior designer is a positive — and dare we say game-changing — experience for many. However, if you haven’t done it before, the idea of hiring someone to undertake this task can feel intimidating. That is, if you don’t know what to expect from the process.

With that in mind, we’ve created a first-timer’s guide to hiring an interior designer. If you think you’re ready to take the plunge, please continue. We’ve outlined what you need to know to determine if going the professionally designed route is right for you.

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Set your expectations realistically. Image: Toronto Interior Design Group | Yanic Simard

Have realistic expectations

Most designers will tell you that, as much as we all love to watch home design shows, their prevalence has done them a bit of a disservice. Thanks to TV magic, the designers on those shows pull off projects with tight deadlines and shoestring budgets that would never fly in the real world.

On TV, there is often a team of laborers working behind the scenes to complete the work in record time and their salaries are built into the budget for the show, meaning design recipients only need to pay for the cost of materials. Realistically, you should be prepared to cover the cost of materials plus any additional labor cost. Keep in mind that hiring additional labor can help get the work done faster, but it will also increase your bottom line.

Of course, every project is different. The best way to get a handle on an anticipated budget and duration is by asking potential designers for this information upfront. Don’t be afraid to reach out to more than one to get a realistic picture of what to expect.

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Don’t give up until you find someone who’s the right fit. Image: Elizabeth Metcalf

Take the time to find the right fit

Not all designers are created equal. Like all of us, each designer has his or her own unique personal tastes, quirks and business practices. To make sure your project is a success, it’s important that you and your designer are on the same page with a lot of these details. You may need to interview a few before you find someone who’s the right fit.

In the design world, this interview is called a consultation. It can be an in-person meeting or held over the phone, and it can be paid or unpaid. You can use this time to ask to see samples of the designer’s work, learn more about their process, and ask about business practices, such as their preferred methods for communication and billing.

You can also use this time to let the designer get to know you. Feel free to bring in a few photos or items you intend to use for design inspiration. Let the designer know about your specific quirks and personal preferences. By the end of the meeting, you should have a good sense of whether the two of you will work well together.

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Billing practices vary among designers. Image: Martha’s Vineyard Interior Design

Billing isn’t standard

Billing is another feature that varies among interior designers. Since most own their own businesses, they are free to set their own fee structures. However, it typically works in one of two ways. Either the designer charges an hourly fee — with or without the cost of materials built in — or charges you the retail price for merchandise and takes the upcharge as the fee.

Both methods are considered typical. You just want to be sure you’re aware of how much you’re paying for services. Reputable designers will provide you with a thorough budget before they start making purchases, so seeing a cost breakdown shouldn’t be that difficult. If your designer seems resistant to the idea, you may want to look elsewhere.

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Great communication is the key to success. Image: Michele Safra

Communication is key

Above all, good communication is the key to making sure your project comes to fruition the way you’ve been hoping. Sometimes, newer clients are hesitant to make their true opinions known because they feel they’re less knowledgeable than the designer, but at the end of the day, they’re the ones who need to be happy with the end result.

Good designers actually prefer decisive clients. Definitive opinions make their job easier in the moment and they know that happy clients are more likely to lead to future business. So, if you want to request changes from your designer, go right ahead.

That said, the earlier you give feedback, the easier it will be to make changes. Particularly, if it’s given before purchases have been made. Purchases can be returned or just remain unused, but that privilege may come with an extra fee.

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Use these tips to make your designer experience a good one. Image: Elizabeth Metcalf

For those who have never hired an interior designer before, the idea of doing so can feel out of reach, but it doesn’t need to be. We’ve created a first-timer’s guide to working with an interior designer to help you take the plunge. Use the advice in this post to make an informed decision as to whether hiring professional help is the right choice for you.

Have you ever hired an interior designer? If so, do you have any advice to add? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

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Modern Monochrome Tribal Decor

Tribal design has long been an inspiration in the world of interiors, bringing with it strong pattern, natural woven elements and interesting art. Often tribal interiors revel in hot tones but the modern tribal trend takes a different tack. These home tours show us how a cool monochrome treatment transforms tribal pattern into black and white geometrics. This at first glance may be reminiscent of a Scandinavian scheme but there’s an entirely different vibe pushing through. Majestic ethnic artwork overlooks spaces where natural materials are more dominant than in a Scandi setting, and large handcrafted vessels create bold focal points.

Visualizer: Home D  

Located near the sea in Odessa, Ukraine, our first apartment has a crisp modern backdrop. Layered over the minimalist wooden kitchen, huge basketweave light shades fill the space above a central breakfast bar. A series of large ceramic pots, in deep earthy brown tones, create moments of interest around the light open plan room.

A low-level wooden coffee table and decorative bowl continue the natural tones over in the lounge area.

Striking ethnic artwork sets the tribal tone immediately on entering the home. The design elements around the rest of the room draw from the tonal shades of this piece.

Above two kitchen stools we can see that the edge of the breakfast bar has a naturally curvaceous edge to it.

The sides of the black bar stools let slivers of light through, echoing the woven style of the rattan kitchen counter pendants.

The skull and backward-curling horns of a North African Nubian Ibex adorn one ice-white wall.

By the front door, a recessed nook of shelves are decorated with a set of feathered arrows and a matching vase; plus two coordinated wicker baskets for organising small items such as gloves and hats. A round mirror is hung by a leather strap slung over a wooden hook, perfectly positioned for that last minute appearance check at the door.

Walls and floors throughout the apartment are whitewashed. Black louvre doors conceal storage space in the entryway, next to a modern black coat rack.

The kitchen units form a frame around a section of backsplash. The white kitchen backsplash is of an uneven rustic texture.

Rattan storage baskets nestle under a bench that is draped with plaited rope.

Screened off by organic linen curtains, a sleeping area has a simple scheme.

Behind the louvre doors in the hallway is a walk in closet. In here, the white washed wooden floor continues up and over the walls. A circular hemp rug decorates the space.

Baskets are used in here for storage on the highest shelves, to hide away out of season items.

Dried fronds fill a vase placed on top of the bathroom vanity unit.

The bathroom basin is shaped like a half formed clay bowl on a potter’s wheel; it appears to emerge directly out of the countertop.

Visualizer: Nguyễn Thanh Tùng  

Our second modern tribal inspired home has a slightly busier energy than the first. We find a greater use of tribal pattern and artefacts. Similarities lie in the whitewashed backdrop though, and another cool dome shaped wicker dining pendant light, which you can find similar to here.

Tribal wall hangings make up an ethnic themed gallery wall behind the wood based sofa.

Over in the dining area we find wicker chairs teamed with black wooden ones.

The kitchen is of a more traditional style but a small floor rug ties it in with the monochrome tribal scheme.

The trio of black pendant lights over the breakfast bar are of a modern style but echo the basket weave found elsewhere in the home.

Wooden shelves and wood countertop warm the look of the white kitchen.

In the master bedroom, pattern meets pattern -meets pattern! The menagerie of monochrome designs are broken gently by the introduction of natural tones, found in the rustic headboard and woven storage baskets.

The grey contemporary cushioned chair has a handmade wooden frame.

Visualizer: LIB Team  

Our third home tour is a relaxing interior that pushes the tropical side of tribal, creating a high-end resort look.

Living fronds and palm tree prints set a tropical botanical tone.

Deep toned chunky wooden furniture gives weight to the light scheme.

Large ceramic vessels adorn the display shelves of the dining area.

A similar pendant to this striking rattan shade is available on Amazon.

Rattan chairs surround a family-sized dining table.

A decorative nook holds the hallway storage.

African inspired vessels are displayed above a central kitchen island.

An African dream awaits in the master bedroom. A suspended frame above the bed supports a floating white canopy. Below the rattan bedroom bedroom pendant lights, bedside tables are made from rough cut tree logs. The main bed linen is kept white to allow the tribal patterned cushions to shine.

Owl home decor adds a touch of the wild to one of of the bedside units.

A round jute rug fills the floor space at the foot of the wooden bed. Echoing the design, a circular mirror hangs on the wall above the wooden dressing table.

A wicker chair, layered with tribal cushions and throw, sits at the chunky console table.

Woven doors make a feature of the closet.

The bathroom is a sumptuous mix of earthy materials meeting with contemporary.

Bronze fixtures and fittings accessorise the neutral bathroom scheme.

If you enjoyed this style of decor, be sure to check out: Cottage Chic Meets Industrial Decor In This Amazing Milan Apartment

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