The Stress-Free Way to Hang Art – The New York Times

The Stress-Free Way to Hang Art – The New York Times

Hanging art and other decorative items on the wall — one of the final steps in furnishing your home — should be fun. So why is it often a source of anxiety?

Maybe it’s because there are so many things to consider. How do you decide what to hang where? Which hardware should you use to keep heavy paintings — or, worse still, large mirrors — from crashing to the floor? If you make a mistake, will you damage the walls? And what if it all ends up looking wrong, somehow?

Not to worry: If you follow a few simple guidelines, decorating your walls isn’t difficult.

“The big thing to get over is the intimidation factor,” said David Kassel, the owner of ILevel, a professional art installation company in New York. “It’s not rocket science.”

And if you make a mistake, he added, “it can easily be changed” — with minimal damage to your walls.

Art installers and advisers recently shared a few of their secrets.

If you have a large collection of art, figuring out where to place everything may seem so overwhelming that it’s hard to get started.

To make it feel more manageable, Berley Farber, the founder of Farber Art Services, a San Francisco-based installation company, recommended splitting things up into categories.

“If somebody has a hodgepodge of pieces, we would generally go through them and sort them into A’s, B’s and C’s,” Mr. Farber said, to ensure their favorite pieces get priority. “The A’s are the pieces we’re going to find a location for; the B’s we’ll be using to fill in gaps; and then the C’s may or may not make it up onto a wall,” depending on how the installation progresses.

Mr. Farber said he also likes to keep different types of pieces separate.

“Are they art, family or travel?” he asked. Family photos, he noted, usually look best clustered together, rather than interspersed among paintings and travel souvenirs.

If you have only a few pieces of art and are looking to expand your collection, online vendors like Saatchi Art, Lumas and Desenio make it easy to find more art in a hurry.

Not every wall needs to be covered with art. Often, less is more.

“I prefer not to hang something on every wall, but to play with identifying the key walls,” said Erica Samuels, the principal of Samuels Creative & Co., an art advisory firm in New York.

Consider where your eyes rest when you walk into the rooms you use the most, including the foyer, living room …….


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