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things to consider when hanging artwork

Picture this (literally): You've got your hands on a delightful new piece of artwork and you can't wait for it to grace the walls of your home.

However, you're just a little stuck when it comes to hanging the work. A prized painting won't grow legs and walk itself to the most appropriate wall - you'll have to carefully consider which room it's suited to, as well as a raft of other factors.

Set the mood

Today's home designs offer space and modernity, but it's still important to make each room reflect its purpose. Bright colours suit lively shared spaces - such as the kitchen or living room - while subdued blue or beige is a perfect fit for the bedroom. 

Just as paint colours and furniture choices are important considerations for various rooms in the home, so to is placing artwork in the appropriate space.  

A large, abstract piece with a playful frame will look striking in the living room, but perhaps too much in a small bedroom. Small water colours may be drowned out in a kitchen or living room, but will add a pleasant touch to the guest room.

Be selective

Do you want to make a statement with an oversize painting? Don't crowd the atmosphere with a number of small pieces - reserve these for bedrooms or activity rooms. 

Observe the hues used in a piece and consider whether it will match a room's existing aesthetic - will it complement the shades and textures of your existing furniture, rugs and light fittings?

Use your eyes

If you're hanging a few pieces, mix up the arrangement - hanging some pieces higher than others will create a unique feel.

Alternatively, you might just hang a single piece. A good rule of thumb is to hang the artwork at eye level. That said, if you've got a high stud, you may hang the piece a little higher, to create the visual illusion of a lower ceiling - ideally if you want a cosy, homely look. 

A beautifully framed painting hung above a sofa looks stunning, too.