Hanging Wall Art Quick Reference Guide 2020

The correct placement is essential when hanging wall art, but with a tremendous abstract canvas, or an odd amount of petite themed prints, it is almost an intimidating mission.

Now you stand in front of a plain wall. You are not making any progress. So, where do you start?

Well, we have some advice and tips to share with you that will take this intimidating mission and make it an exciting and fun project!

Hanging Wall Art Quick Reference Guide 2020

Hanging Wall Art Advice and Tips:

1. Keep focused on the task of wall decor

Narrow walls are perfect for smaller pieces, and massive walls are ideal for more significant wall art on canvas.

» For Slight Sized Spaces:

In a slight sized space, like a stair landing, placing an even number of tightly grouped, light-colored pieces will create the effect of a window.

» For Huge Spaces:

A tightly grouped of even amount of art pieces can create an excellent balance for a tall wall or ample space, keep in mind that one large piece can be a bit larger than a slight sized piece.

2. If there is a fireplace, there’s your focal point

  • Hang a painting over the mantle over the fireplace will be the introduction to your personal design story.
  • Use the fireplace opening as a guide for the group size of the art.
  • Choose one sizeable sized piece or numerous smaller pieces grouped to perform as one piece of art.

3. Create your arrangement before nailing

  • » Lay each picture on the floor
  • » Group them, move them, rearrange until you have a setting you like
  • » Place a big piece of paper under the arrangement and outline each piece
  • » Mark on the paper the hanging point for each piece
  • » Tape the paper to the wall and put the nails in place as marked on the paper
  • » Rip off the paper, and you have your picture "map."

Arrangement of Picture Frames before nailing

4. Artwork should be at eye level

The height of your art should be at eye level. Consider your grouping as one large square piece. Position the pictures, so the centerpiece is the eye level piece. If the art is in a dining room, position just a bit lower so that it can be admired while seated.

5. The Right Frame with The Right Moulding

Today, there is a wide selection of frames to choose from; it can be overwhelming. You have a beautiful piece of art, and you want the frame and moulding to fit the art while blending in with your home’s décor. The moulding on the frame speaks volumes about the beauty of what is in the frame structure and creates an ornament that will adorn your wall.

Also Learn: How to Choose the Right Frame and Matting?

Choose the Right Frame with the Right Moulding

Consider these factors when choosing a Frame Moulding:

» The Material

There are two primary materials for frame moulding: Metal or Wood. For the contemporary, modern room, choose a frame with metal moulding, and for a traditional décor room, the wood moulding frame is a perfect match.

The secondary materials for frame moulding are plastic and polystyrene, which are less expensive, but come in a variety of colors and finishes, you can even choose them to look like the more expensive metal or wood frames. They are less sturdy, and some can cause a reaction with the material of the art you’re framing.

» The Color

The colors are varied for both metal and wood frame mouldings, choose the color that either blend with the walls or stands out, in contrast, to attract the eye to the art within the frame. A different colored frame will make the picture demand attention, especially in a black, gold, or silver frame.

» The Profile

Frame moulding should have a profile that doesn’t overpower the art within the frame but isn’t lost on the frame. The design, details, and size on the frame profile will depend on the artwork’s size. For a small piece of art, choose a large frame with a plain mat background to all the art to stand out. Consider the slope of the frame going away or toward the art and its thickness when selecting one of the various designs. Does the artwork need a frame moulding of richness, or would a simple design fit better?

6. Size Matters with Wall Placement

When hanging art over furniture, it should be 50% to 75% of the furniture’s width, never wider.

Hanging Wall Art Ideas

Working with Different Wall Surfaces for Your Art


For Drywall – The Best Way for Hanging

Most walls hollow with either drywall or soft plaster over the wall’s wood boards or studs, which will be the support needed for your art, although they are difficult to find behind the drywall or plaster. Nor, they may not be spaced in the way you have pre-determined your arrangement. So, you’ll need more than the simple nail or screw for adequate strength to hold your framed art.

Here, we offer a selection of hardware hangers that are explicitly intended for hollow walls and resolve the problem of weak surfaces. These hangars are available in numerous sizes at hardware stores and home improvement stores.

» Hanging Art on Brick or Concrete Walls
  • For brick or concrete block walls, you’ll need lead wall plugs to support the hanging screw. These are obtainable at most building and hardware supply stores or home improvement stores.
  • Use a carbide tip bit and power drill and form a hole for the lead wall plug.
  • Lightly hammer the plugin place then inserting the screw.
  • A knowledgeable employee at the building or hardware stores can assist in choosing the correct drill bit and screw sizes.
» Hanging Art on Paneling

The ideal surface to hang art or anything is wood. It is easy to work with and takes almost any hardware, but wood screws are the best. They have pointed ends, sharp grooves, and install easily with on a screwdriver.


The Best Hardware to Hang Art


» The Picture Hangers

With only a small hammer and the proper size of a picture hanger, these have the best configuration with the angled nail and metal hook and provide suitable sustenance for most framed art. A larger framed art may need two picture hangers.

» The Wall Anchors

These are available in plastic or nylon, serving as sleeves for a screw that will be tightened to the wall. The packaging will provide instructions in choosing the right size to drill for the pilot hole.

Once the hole is drilled, lightly hammer the anchor to that, it is flat with the wall. Then hang your art and insert the screw, tightening it, so the anchor expands inside the wall, providing the anchor for the bracket.

» The "Molly" Bolt

If a drill is not available, this type of hardware can substitute the above-described hangers. Simply hammer the molly bolt into the wall. With a flat-head screwdriver, turn the bolt clockwise until it stops then turn counter-clockwise to lock the collar to the wall inside.
With a 2-holed bracket, use an expansion bolt on the top hole, but a primary wood screw is sufficient in the bottom hole. This wall hanging hardware is recommended for heavy items like mirrors for drywall and plastered walls.

» The Toggle Bolt

A toggle bolt requires a starter hole to be created with a drill and then hammer the bolt in lightly. For a heavy item, the springs of a toggle bolt will spread out inside the wall as the bolt is tightened using a screwdriver and then pulled against the wall.

Contact www.universalarquati.com, today to learn more about all of our picture framing options that will help you hang wall art with a fantastic look and make your home's rooms come to life! Call Universal Arquati today at (800) 668-3627.