When putting a painting on the wall there are no strict rules, but we must respect the relationship between the painting and the wall and follow certain rules. It is good to know that the art of placing paintings on the walls is as old as the art of painting. You should also know that putting paintings on the wall is the mission, which must be carefully planned and coordinated with the other elements of the interior. We’re bringing you important rules you need to follow when putting art paintings on your walls.
Rule #1 – Grouping the paintings – follow the form
Once the paintings were exclusively positioned at the same height, ensuring that the upper or lower ends of the pictures match, as well as supporting the center of the wall installation. Today, that rule no longer works, so paintings can be grouped in various ways, forming a shape of a square, rectangle, circle or some undefined form, and that without any apparent order seems perfectly incorporated. Also, paintings can be strung together horizontally, but also vertically. In this way, clearly there are some differences among them, and leaves the impression of organization.
Rule #2 – Respect the height of the furniture
What you should pay attention to, is the height to which the painting is set. A basic rule when placing paintings is that the center of the image is at eye level (adults). It is your choice whether it will be at eye level while sitting or when you are standing. It is important to hang paintings to accompany the upper line of the wall. Amateurs and professionals such as curators and gallerists often are not aware of, and put the paintings on the wall below the eye line, which is certainly not recommended.
In the living room, where we usually sit, paintings should be set as low as possible, which would be the height of at least 1 or 2 palms over the couches and other furniture. While, for example, in the corridor should be set at a higher level, at a height of approx. 1.70 m above the floor.
Rule #3 -Height in relation to the size of the images
Paintings of different sizes should be set at different heights. The big painting (which can be seen from afar) should be set up something higher, while small (to see close-up) should be set lower, at eye level.
Rule #4 – Proportions
The following should be noted that the proportion win relation to the wall surface, where the image is set. When it comes to proportion, an excessive composition will swallow the space, and too small will lose itself in it. For example, if you set the painting above the sofa, the composition should be about 2/3 the size of chair or furniture or cabinets, depending on where they are located. One painting does not look good in the middle of the wall, especially if it is small, because the painting will be lost in space.
Rule #5 – Harmonization with the interior style
Whether the smaller or bigger paintings should be emphasized? It would be best if the small paintings grace the small room, and the big picture the big room. However, the proportions are
In the darker rooms it is not recommended to put black and heavy paintings, because even though it looks like a good combination, in the end the interior will look sterile and cold. The reverse situation applies to the world of space in which to best go with dark and bright colors. Paintings should also be thematically matched, which means that those who have something in common to be closer to one another.
Rule #6 – Harmonization with the furniture
- When setting up paintings over furniture do not put them too high, it will look like they “float” on the wall.
- If they are placed over a piece of furniture, the edges of their frames shall not exceed the width of the furniture. Put the relation of paintings to the size of furniture such as picture or group of photographs should not exceed 75% of the width of the furniture
- The distance between the image and the furniture should be approximately 10 – 15 cm
- Lowering the pictures from recommended mid height of 1.5 m at eye level when seated is recommended for kitchens, offices and wherever we want to achieve a comfortable, intimate atmosphere.
Regardless of the above rules, some rules must sometimes be broken, and show that the best solution may be diametrically opposite to prevailing rules. So, decide for yourself what rules you will accept and make a decision according to your heart, because your home is not a gallery, but a space in which it is most important that you feel good and comfortable.