Thursday, April 22, 2010

How to Hang a Picture Grouping

One of the most commonly asked questions we receive is this:

What is the best way to hang a picture arrangement or grouping? My favorite answer? It depends!

Your approach will depend entirely on your personality and the type of arrangement you are creating.

I just did an installation for our local Bikram Yoga studio. They had a set of photographs of students and instructors who participated in their annual yoga competition. These are a set of very strong black and white images which deserved an equally strong presentation. The studio owner chose to go with a sculptural, gallery style treatment of the work using a 4” wide, 6 ply White Sale mat board and the 49302 Black Infinity frame. In hanging this work, it was essential to insure a cohesive grouping with even spacing where the images could be best seen, but in keeping with the owner’s own personality, I needed to keep the arrangement somewhat whimsical.

So, I decided to create a “virtual” arrangement out of kraft paper first cut to the finished size of each frame, and then play with the placement until it was “right”. This worked out great. You will see from my photographs that the original idea was not the final one. Working with paper before pounding holes in the walls is the best way to work risk free, and create the look you want.

Now, in my own home, I am not always so careful. I tend to skip the template part and rely on my own sense of space (I’ve also been at this awhile, and experience does help). If this approach is more your style, try placing your arrangement pictures on the floor how you would want them to appear on the wall with the same measurement constraints. For example, if you have a 4’x6’ space on your wall, make sure the layout on your floor does not require more space. If you’re unsure, sketch it out. Start with your focal point and work around that central feature. Once you decide on a look, take the plunge and nail away!


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