9 Art Displaying Mistakes Everyone Makes at Least Once (And How to Never Make Them Again)

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(Image credits: Breanne Johnsen; Alexis Buryk; Sophie Timothy; Julia Brenner) But you don’t always have to strike the most obviously perfect proportion when hanging art, just remember the “go big or go home” attitude: If you’re going to do something out of scale to the rest of the room, make it obviously out of scale with the room, either way too big or way too small, so it seems intentional. You don’t have to bolt every frame into your walls like a themed restaurant, but don’t let the excitement of hanging something up get in the way of thoroughly thinking out what kind of hanging tools and hardware your art pieces need to go up securely (and stay that way). It’s the most common art hanging mistake, but also the easiest to fix. Using the wrong scaleWant to cast an unpleasant feel on an entire room? Making the same art displaying mistakes that many of us have probably made at least once in our home-decorating histories. It doesn’t matter what methods or tricks you use, just use one that will allow you to get the feel of your wall collage plans — experience whether it will come off feeling energetic or calm —before you start banging a bunch of holes in your wall. Pin up quilts. Not thinking the wall collage through
Only the very lucky can brave their way through eye-balling hanging a wall collage and end up with the best outcome. Not hanging things securely or properly
Speaking of crooked artwork, are you only hanging art with one nail, so it’s always tilting out of place every time someone’s slammed a door? This can be tough for folks who collect a lot of art, but it’s the kind of restrictions that could lead to lovelier, less hectic spaces. Take a walk-through to evaluate your home’s art hanging heights and see where any can be nudged down a few. Or on top of a dresser. 6. 4. Next time you’re feeling restless, lean a few pieces of art against the back of your couch. The point is, search far and wide for art pieces so it doesn’t end up looking like there should be a wine and cheese table in the corner. I inwardly grimace when I see art hung too high, whether floating miles above a bed or a sofa or just awkwardly above eye level on a wall, solo. Want a free way to improve the look of your entire home? → How to Pull Off the Art of Layering in Interior

8. It’s also known as “boring.” Switch up canvases and framed art. 2. Only sticking to walls
Leaning isn’t for everyone, but if you’re not at least experimenting with different places to put art, you’re missing out. Not layering to connect art to the rest of the decorGo ahead — place that floor lamp right in front of a hanging painting. Hang tapestries. → Your Home’s Negative Space: What It Is and How To Use It to Your Advantage

7. Hanging art too high
Some people cringe when they see a picture frame crooked. Me? Going too small or too dinky is definitely the more common mistake, and can be remedied by reframing a beloved piece of art with a larger mat or thicker frame. Just hang a too-small piece of art in a place that obviously calls for something larger. Find a collection of all farm tools to attach to a wall.

Updated: 03.11.2014 — 22:33