How to Hang Pictures


To arrange and hang your art you need a measuring tape, a pencil, some picture wire, some good fixings, and this is a little bit of a trade secret, some white tack. It's like blu-tack except that it's white.

When you put your pictures up put a little bit of this in the bottom two corners of your picture it will keep them firmly in place ensuring they don't shift once you've hung them up.

Hallways are great places to put a collection of similar themed pictures. To provide a cohesive look for the hallway, go to a frame shop with all the different pictures and work with a framer on choosing the mounts for each one. You can have a black and silver mount, a cream colour with a bit of a pencil edge, a thicker pencil edge, but keep a cohesive tone and within one kind of idea. When it comes to grouping, start with the biggest picture and put it pretty much in the center of the whole arrangement.

Before actually putting anything on the wall, measure out the wall from one end to the other and measure the height. In the living room, clear the furniture away, have an area which represents the alotted wall-space. Take all your pictures and lay them out on the floor starting with the biggest picture and then arrange all the other pictures around it until you're happy with the way they look. Do a little sketch on a piece of paper showing which pictures go where and measure the distances between them. Leave eye space between your pictures to give your pictures a bit of a breathing room.

Go back to your wall, take a pencil and measure out on the wall the equivalent on what your sketch was and put little marks at the top wherever each of the pictures need to go. Just take your finger, put it behind, find the loop and place the picture. Then, you put a little x on the wall and that's where you put your hook. Then, you put your picture and shift it a little bit if it is slightly off and then you put the white tack underneath and press into place. This is a very quick way to hang pictures.

A collection of pictures that have a certain theme adds a lot of interest to a narrow hallway. It's quite important to make sure that the images are related to each other and don't look like they are looking away from the centres.

Now, how do you hang a big oil painting? Choose to centre it over a sofa rather than on the wall. The sofa isn't exactly centralised on the wall so just centralise the picture over the sofa.

You need to keep the centre of the picture at approximately eye level. That is the mistake that a lot of people make, they put the pictures too high on the wall, and so make sure they're more at eye level. So, those are a few hints and tips on how to arrange and hang pictures.