Ten Dos and Don'ts Of Picture Framing
To help you get the “hang” of artful arranging, the following are some positive pointers on picture grouping.
REMEMBER! Your front door talks about you to everyone who passes by… your walls gossip about you to all your friends. Walls are the largest single feature in any room! Be sure yours makes a positive statement by careful selection of your artwork, framing, and hanging!
1. COMPOSITION is the key. Consider your grouping as a single unit: LINE,
BALANCE, RHYTHEM and SCALE.
2. First, work out an attractive arrangement on the floor. Remembering to measure
out the entire amount of wall space you have to work in. Trace an outline of each
picture on paper and use these as guides for placement on the walls. This will
eliminate unnecessary nail holes. (Newspaper, freezer paper, brown craft paper.)
3. The eye craves order, so remember your practical geometry. Hang pictures so that
they can form at least one horizontal, and one vertical line. (With the exception of a
4. Your arrangement should hang-together, literally. Too much space between
pictures disrupts the graphic effect. (Use your hand width as a good spacing
5. Remember, not only size, but color and texture will affect the balance. Always
integrate groupings for balance by keeping the weight of your composition well
6. Add rhythm by combining large and small squares, rectangles and circles, but
mingle the various shapes and sizes throughout to add visual interest.
7. Permanent accessories such as lamps, are important to remember, so include
them into you plan.
8. Correct scale is such a common factor in decorating that we are not aware of it
until it is absent. Standing a pony beside an elephant will make the pony look
smaller or the elephant look larger…tiny pictures over a large overstuffed sofa or
vice versa is incorrect.
9. Stair-stepping pictures are a No-No unless you are hanging them on a stairway
10. How high or low? Remember, everyone’s eye-level is different. The rule to
remember is: No more than 6 to 8 inches above a piece of furniture or at average
eye-level if not above furniture.