1.Adorn the staircase with framed family photos. For this idea, you can use a variety of sizes. If you have a wide variety of small and large photos, hang the smaller ones at eye level and the larger ones higher up. This way, the viewer will be able to see each image equally well. Feel free to mix up eras, as well. Place antique black-and-white or sepia photos with color photos from no more than 20 years ago.
2.Display an antique city map. A black-and-white aerial view of streets and parks will give your home a more vintage feel. Hang an engraving or lithograph in a black frame or opt for an unframed canvas. Display it in your foyer to greet guests or in your dining room as a conversation piece.
3.Hang monochromatic engravings. Black-and-white depictions of everyday life are versatile. You can hang them in multiple rooms. If you desire a change of décor, you can switch them out to different rooms. For example, that country scene hanging in the bedroom might look equally nice in the living room.
4.Place an antique vase on a fireplace mantle. Spice up a white or beige mantle with a brightly colored vase. If your mantle has a bolder paint job, use a white vase for some contrast. Place a bouquet of real or artificial flowers in the vase or leave it empty. Set in the center to offset a rectangular work of wall art.
1.Group smaller objects together. Do this if you don’t have any large objects to complement them. Use objects that have something in common—color scheme, pattern, subject matter, etc. Arrange them in a manner that both shows off their variety and unifies them as a single work of art.
2.Create a symmetrical arrangement. Choose this option if you have an even number of objects with similar dimensions. Imagine a vertical line in the center of the arrangement. If you have a laser level or painter’s tape, let that be your vertical axis. Then, start arranging your hangings on each side of the line in a mirror-image fashion. Make sure your artworks are evenly spaced.
3.Make a salon-style arrangement. Choose this option if you have several objects of different sizes. Use the largest or most prominent object as the center of the arrangement. Position it at eye level. Group the smaller objects around it in some kind of logical fashion.
4.Arrange objects on horizontal surfaces. Spruce up an nightstand, mantle, or desk with sculptures or two-dimensional art. Lean framed paintings, prints, or photographs against the wall as an eye-catching backdrop. Frame these two-dimensional works with lamps, flower vases, or antique bookends. Place small sculptures, candles, or mantle clocks in front of them.
1.Center large objects at eye level. Eye level is about 60 to 66 from the floor. If you hang your art too high or too low, you and other viewers can overlook it. Place your artwork at a central point above your couch, table, or other location that will draw people’s attention. Dust that accumulates on your artwork should be removed with a gentle microfiber cloth and safe, non-toxic cleaning products that won’t damage your piece. Melaleuca products like Clear Power for glass surfaces and Rustic Touch polish for wood surfaces are a good choice. Touching a delicate piece of art can be damaging, so you also want to avoid using and wearing lotions and other hand and body products that contain perfumes and chemicals.
2.Arrange objects on the floor first. The last thing you want to do is create more holes in the wall than you need. Lay your intended objects on the floor. Then, take the time to figure out an appealing, eye-catching pattern to hang them in.
3.Map out your arrangement. Cut out pieces of kraft paper in the same sizes and shapes as each object you want to hang. Place them on the wall in the same arrangement you planned on the floor. Make sure you space all of your objects the same distance apart. When each piece of paper is level, secure it with painter’s tape.
4.Hang the objects. On the craft paper, mark the spot where the nail for each wall hanging must go. Then, drive the nail through the paper template. Add a picture hanger, if desired, and gently tear away the craft paper. Finally, install your wall hanging. Repeat this process until the arrangement is complete.