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How to hang
photos and art
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A little forethought will avoid unsightly holes in the wall
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When arranging photos, it’s important to group them by at least two common elements, including frame color (above) or theme (above right). Photos (above right) that are sepia-toned, in gold-toned frames are displayed well together. Adding a shelf beneath a piece of art (right) draws attention to the piece. by Kit Davey
photographs by Veronica Weber
an’t decide how to hang your artwork? Don’t know how to keep a group of pictures from looking like a mish-mash? Have a collection of family photos you’d like to hang? If you follow these simple suggestions you’ll be able to cluster your rogue’s gallery in a pleasing arrangement and hang your masterpieces with confidence.
How to hang a photo collection First, decide where your framed
photos will be displayed. Halls, narrow transition walls, a family room or den wall are ideal for family-photo galleries. Next, go through your photos and select the ones you’d like to display. Your arrangement will work best if you use all black-and-white photos or all color photos, rather than mixing them. Go through all your frames and select the ones that are in harmony with the room’s color scheme and style. Toss or donate broken, tarnished or cheap frames — use only the best!
Insert your photos into your frames. Determine the approximate area and shape of the wall space to be covered. Think of the area in a rough geometrical shape: an oval, a diamond or an enlarged rectangle. Measure this area and draw its approximate dimensions onto butcher paper or newspaper (you may have to tape a few pages together). Lay your template on the floor and randomly place your framed photos on top of it without trying to create an arrangement. As your pictures are resting on the template notice commonalties between them. Your photos will “flow” bet-
ter when the frames or the images have two or more elements in common: the same colors, the same frame style, the same metal or the same topic. You may have to remove some photos and place them in different frames, or even purchase new frames. You can also go on a treasure hunt to find a frame or photos from elsewhere in the house. Once you’ve selected pieces that work well together, begin moving them about on your template. Try as many possible configurations as you can; tweak and adjust your pictures in every possible location. If you have eight or more odd-shaped photos, add (continued on page 43)
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