on hanging art
There are two fundamental points to remember when hanging art:
1. a large picture should not be any bigger than the furniture
(either a single piece or grouping beneath it); and
2. a small picture
should not be hung in isolation on a large wall.
The basic rule for hanging art: Hang it so that the eye of the
viewer looks into the main area of interest. In living and dining
areas, remember that the viewer is usually seated, while in hallways
and foyers, the viewer is standing.
Pictures need not be hung singly. Cluster several pictures of
various sizes (use the same frame type) or, design an arrangement
made up solely of similar size frames. Vertical arrangements of
pictures will make a room seem higher, just as horizontal ones
will make an area appear wider.
A random assortment of pictures will work well together if they
share a predominant color: all sepia tints or black and white photographs.
Another way to unify them is to use identical mats and frames.
To bring some light into a dark and dreary room place a mirror
on the opposite wall of an outside view to reflect the light outside
and to bring some glimpses of outdoors inside.
Hardware stores and framing stores sell picture hooks in packages
that indicate the maximum weight that each hook will hold; so before
hanging a picture or mirror, find out its weight. We recommend
using OOKS hardware ( www.OOKS.com )
used by many museums and galleries. They are quality hardware and
won't ruin your walls.