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How to Hang Pictures

How to Hang Pictures

There are few things that can make a new house feel lived in like hanging your own personal artwork. Whether you're hanging family photographs, framed artwork, mirrors, or posters, these items give the eye a place to focus and complete the look of a room.
While a properly hung picture adds to a room, a poorly hung picture can draw the eye in a negative way. Follow these instructions to make sure your framed pictures are hung properly and securely.
How to Hang Framed Artwork

Hanging a picture is a two-person job, so you'll want to recruit a helper before you get started. Next, you'll want to choose the right hanger for the weight of your framed art.

Once you've got your helper and your hardware, follow these three steps

1. Decide Which Wall Will Hold the Picture. Balance the size of the art with any furniture that sits against the wall. For example, use a large painting over a large sofa – a small painting would be dwarfed by a big object below it. If you must hang a small item in a large space, consider grouping it with others for greater visual impact.

2. Decide Where on the Wall the Picture Will Hang. Will you center the picture over a piece of furniture or center it on the wall itself, with furniture pieces spaced around it unevenly? Both ways can be attractive.

3. When Hanging a Group of Pictures, Arrange them on the Floor First. If you have a grouping of several small pieces, lay them on the floor and experiment with how you will arrange them in relation to each other. You should know how the group will come together before you begin nailing. Measure the dimensions of the group as one unit and use those measurements to figure wall placement.

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