Art from your Old House to New

Dear Gail: I just moved into a new home and have no idea how to hang my artwork. I bought everything to fit in specific places in my last house and now nothing works. Where do I start?   Lynn Ann

Dear Lynn Ann: This is a question I get a lot; it’s sometimes hard setting up a new home when the architectural is different. I want you to think out-of-the-box that you’re not going to hang you artwork the same way or in the same places as you had before. So I want you to separate your art into groups based upon the theme of the art, and then by size, not what room you had it in before. To get your creative juices going, I’m going to show you a couple different ideas to hang artwork. And for those of you who have been in your home for years, maybe it’s time to switch things up.

When you have multiple pieces, look to create wall galleries. All the frames do not need to match; they just need to coordinate. When laying out a wall gallery, think of it as a jigsaw puzzle. You start by finding the corner pieces and then fill in the rest. In the gallery hanging over the table, we starting by placing the two largest pieces diagonal from each other and then filled in with the smaller pieces. We kept it balanced by using both the medium and small sizes in each opposite corners.

The gallery over the sofa was created with multiple sizes as well as shelves and accessories. We started with the largest piece, then shelves and filled in with the rest.

Look beyond that the pieces are identical. What do have that is similar in size and copy the layout?

When you have a lot of small pieces all the small size, use them to create chair rails and columns. Look at your architecture and follow what is already there, as in the pieces stack up the fireplace flue. When hanging art this way, it works best if all the pieces are the same size and framed the same. This bathroom is a great example of how a chair rail was created by using pictures from their vacations.

When working with more than two pieces, remember the frames do not need to match. What’s important is that when you’re stacking pieces, the bottom piece is to be the largest or the visually heaviest. In this grouping a square was created with three very different sizes of art.

Going up a staircase, the bottoms of the art should step up with each step. Staircases are not my first choice for family pictures, but if you hang them low enough, it works.

Lynn Ann, I hope these pictures have given you some ideas, to get your artwork up off the floor and onto your walls.

By Gail Mayhugh of GMJ Interiors

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