Thursday, April 11, 2002
Framing and Arranging
pictures on a wall can be a difficult proposition. You need to
place the pictures in the right
place so it can be viewed at a comfortable eye level by most of the people who will be in
the room. To make sure you know
exactly where to hang a picture on a wall, we asked Artist Pat
McNulty for some advice.
says that you will definitely enjoy photography in your
home more if you know how to hang
pictures at the right height. Pat
is a scenic landscape and wildlife photographer. Few photographers
have ventured into the world
of home photography as deeply and developed expertise in this area as effectively as Pat McNulty.
He guarantees fewer headaches
and trips to the chiropractor for failure to properly place
photographs on the wall.
And so he has come up with the following
- For choosing a mat, the general
rule of thumb is that a mat should be wider than the picture frame. You can choose a
double mat, where the inside
border of the mat brings out a color in a picture or artwork.
- In choosing a mat and frame,
see how each one will give you a different look. The mat and frame should enhance the picture
- Arrange artwork on the floor
first, this will give you an idea of what might work best and give you an idea of spacing.
- You can hang artwork symmetrically,
or balanced in a room. For example hanging
the same size picture in a two, three, or four pattern arrangement
- You can hang artwork asymmetrically
or varied in a room. This works best
if you have a lot of different sizes, colors, or shapes.
- If you have four equal size
pictures you can group them in a square.
- If you have a large picture
and two smaller pictures , you can place the large picture on the wall with two smaller
pictures spaced vertically next
- You can use a non framed object
such as a clock or lamp to finish an arrangement.
- Stand up about four feet away
from the wall with the frame held so your eyes look at the middle of the picture. Walk toward
the wall. Hit the wall
with the frame and picture. This
is the right height for standing pictures.
Mark the wall with a pencil at this
- Sit down in a chair across the
room, hold up the picture, at eye level,
then shuffle across the floor holding
the picture at this level, no higher,
no lower, until you hit the wall.
This is the right place for sitting
pictures. Mark the wall with a pencil
at this height.
You can view other free
framing articles and tips for arranging artwork at the photographers
Or, you can reach Pat McNulty at 484-707-3686.
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