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    I like bare walls. Is there something wrong with that? No dusting.



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    Quote Originally Posted by rmh_rider View Post
    I like bare walls. Is there something wrong with that? No dusting.
    I started like that in my house and then everyone keeps bringing me paintings to hang on the walls and "helps" me hang them.

    Again this Christmas, one more painting, that he dutifully hung for me.
    It is a really fine western print and nicely framed, the horse and country even looks like mine.
    I have begged all to quit, I don't have any more room, but you can't stop people from doing what they want.
    So, as soon as he left, I moved it to a spare room.

    This one was one of the first ones years ago.
    It is ok, fine there, as is that quilt a friend also made and gave me:

    http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a2...-20-071016.jpg

    In a way, we can't complain to have nice, well meaning friends, whatever they do.



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    I don't use regular frames, but the acrylic film poster frame type. They're still wood frames, but very light. I usually buy them at Walmart, or off Amazon.

    I put the hanger that nails directly into the frame top, with the saw tooth notches, and then I can just use regular nails instead of picture hangers. I just grab a hammer, and eyeball the center of the wall, and whack the nail in. If you are putting more than one on a wall and want them the exact distance, then get two thumb tacks or push pins, and some good string. Measure the length, put a dot in the center for the main picture, and dots on either side, halfway for the side pictures. Measure the push pin height from the floor about eye level or a little higher, put the pins in, tie the string up, and pound the three nails, take the string and push pins down, and put the pictures up.

    If you want to do a big display they sell frame and template kits at Target (maybe other stores too), and you put the template up, put the nails or hangers up, and then hang the pictures in the appropriate place. I saw that on a HGTV staging show, and it really works.

    And if you're going to sell your place, take down all but one or two pictures, and the ones you leave should be to attract attention to focal points. No personal pictures out ever, and anything valuable gets put away first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Over the Hill View Post
    My brother, who was an interior designer told me that pictures should be hung comfortably at eye level. Start there and then add on from there. Should be balanced, but can be an eclectic mix of sizes and/or shapes.
    yes read the books on how to do it, after looking at the way it should be done and the way I did it I then took them all down, placed them in boxes that have been in the garage for twenty five years now.



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    Never fear BIG wall hangings! Choose artwork that fits in the wall space. I think usually people use smaller photos/prints than the space wants and things end up floating randomly. Art commands the space and becomes a bold statement. Too small abs it looks apologetic, in my opinion. Be bold!
    Center the artwork above the furniture, or make another way to balance the wall- a planting or vase, something with visual weight, on the other side/half of the wall.
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    My computer room walls are a brownish color. I picked up a bunch of black frames in diffrent sizes at the dollar store and I even painted some of my other frames black. I choose the pics I wanted to use and edited them in diffrent ways. Made some BnW, Sepiea, soft color vintage, ect. I put all the pics in the frames. I then laid them on the floor in front of the wall in the way that they would hang on the wall. I re-arranged untill I got them the way I wanted and then I hung them up.



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    I stick with eye level (mine at 5'7")...but am a bit more specific: I want 2/3 of the piece/grouping below eye level, 1/3 above. I also watch for the rollercoaster eyeline - make sure you keep the top edge of everything in the room fairly level. No drastic ups and downs. If you are going from the top of a bookcase to the top of a couch, that's too drastic and means you need some art over the couch to keep the eye up. You should look around your hole room and a dropping eyeline will help you determine where you need to hang things.

    Quote Originally Posted by bits619 View Post
    Never fear BIG wall hangings! Choose artwork that fits in the wall space. I think usually people use smaller photos/prints than the space wants and things end up floating randomly. Art commands the space and becomes a bold statement. Too small abs it looks apologetic, in my opinion. Be bold!


    Also, you don't want tons of white space around the grouping. Mix sizes and orientation (portrait or landscape) for photo groupings. You can hang disparate pieces by using the same type of frame which will bind them together as a group. If you have one picture you want to hang, think about blowing it up and splitting it to 4 canvasses for a more artistic take. Balance a bigger piece with smaller pieces. Fill your wall, don't just hang something and leave it there all lonely by itself unless it fills the wall (in which case it's probably too big for the spot).

    Use the internet/catalogs for ideas (google images search) and copy what you see with what you have. It's the easiest way to come up with ideas of how to hang things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluey View Post
    I started like that in my house and then everyone keeps bringing me paintings to hang on the walls and "helps" me hang them.

    Again this Christmas, one more painting, that he dutifully hung for me.
    It is a really fine western print and nicely framed, the horse and country even looks like mine.
    I have begged all to quit, I don't have any more room, but you can't stop people from doing what they want.
    So, as soon as he left, I moved it to a spare room.

    This one was one of the first ones years ago.
    It is ok, fine there, as is that quilt a friend also made and gave me:

    http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a2...-20-071016.jpg

    In a way, we can't complain to have nice, well meaning friends, whatever they do.
    LOVE the dog on the couch. :-) Not the picture.

    Just take them down and put them under the bed, in the garage, regift, donate, give them back, put a different picture in it, or toss.

    I have a picture of a dog, on a bed I truly love. I have seen my dog(s)(toy manchester terriers) on my bed in the same exact manner. I have this over my bed. Both my sisters have this picture. We each have it framed differently. Mine is more in the greens. Non reflective glass.


    http://www.amazon.com/Framed-Andrew-.../dp/B000Y16UCM



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    if you have accidentally chipped or scraped the paint job, THAT is a good place to hang your picture.



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    Quote Originally Posted by rmh_rider View Post
    LOVE the dog on the couch. :-) Not the picture.

    Just take them down and put them under the bed, in the garage, regift, donate, give them back, put a different picture in it, or toss.

    I have a picture of a dog, on a bed I truly love. I have seen my dog(s)(toy manchester terriers) on my bed in the same exact manner. I have this over my bed. Both my sisters have this picture. We each have it framed differently. Mine is more in the greens. Non reflective glass.


    http://www.amazon.com/Framed-Andrew-.../dp/B000Y16UCM
    I also have that one, on a brown frame, really pretty, but doesn't fit anywhere in my SW house.
    At least the horned steers do and are the right color for there, the leather frame the same color as the couch.

    I don't really like that many pictures hanging around, there is a limit to that, but it is not that important to me to hurt anyone's feelings, other than keep repeating gently "I really don't need anything more, please consider that".

    I expect many here have the same gift givers, that knowing you like horses, think anything remotely horsey is a great gift for you.

    I hope the OP by now has enough sources and ideas to do a great job of hanging stuff up.



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    No Bluey, my family never ever has given me anything horsey. It is like they ignore me with anything having to do with horses. ???

    One year my Mom asked what I wanted for christmas and I said: a saddle pad. She looked at me horrified as if I had asked for a porn video. Seriously. No kidding. She was red and blushing. (maybe SHE had some something with a saddle pad, not sure - don't wanna know).

    A few months later after she gave me a dish cloth, I showed her the Jeffer's catalog and the saddle pad I wanted. It was $10. She said, "Ohhhh".

    She thought I was going to do something pornographic or ?? with it. Yes, she had that kind of a look. I am *so* not like that, nor is my husband.

    The dog picture *belongs* over your bed regardless if it matches anything at all. That way you can come into your room and SEE your dog in the SAME position. SO CUTE! I can just see your little dog doing that. :-)) It is such a cute picture too.



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    Ask a friend who has things hung in their house that you like to help you.

    I have a lot of paintings. I have a weakness for impressionist landscape oils with an occasional watercolor tossed in. I also have a small house. Hanging art just comes naturally, I don't really think about it. It would be odd to me to really think about it, things just are supposed to be where they are. I can't tell you over the Internet, because you have to be in a space to get a feel for it.

    Surely you have a friend that could help you, don't be afraid to ask.
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    * This trio of prints in the kitchen dining nook are pages that I tore out of a book about prairie grasses-- I just thought they were pretty drawings. Large frames and wide matting surrounding a small print can look really nice. I agree with whoever said above that grouping odd numbers of pics is more pleasing than having a matched pair.

    * don't be afraid to hang things that are not "art"-- this is a birds' nest I found on the ground, that the birds made from our horses' tail hair. I glued some black fabric to the back of a shadow-frame box, glued the nest to it, et voila. And this
    door is from our barn. it's in the same alcove as the above prints. An interior designer would surely say it's too big for the wall, but it's my house and I like how it fills the space. Bottom line, put things up that please you.

    *Placement on a wall each space may be a little different. It's so easy to move pics, so just try it out, change it if you don't like. In this one, the painting on the extreme right side of the photo is pretty big for the space, which is framed by two doorways. At first I had the top of the painting aligned with the top of the door frame. After about a week, decided I didn't like it and tried moving it down a bit, so that the wallspace between the bottom of the frame and wainscotting is the same as the wallspace on either side. Just a little adjustment and suddenly it "felt right".

    Anyway, wall hangings are so much fun-- cheapest and quickest way to redecorate a room and it adds so much personality. My sister insists on constantly gifting me with very large framed nature photographs that she's taken. It's frustrating because I know she's proud of her pictures, but they are not my taste AT ALL. So I put a couple in the guest room, and when I get more, I just swap those out and put the old ones in the closet.


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    This poster hangs over my desk.
    At times, I feel like I am tilting at windmills:

    http://www.luc.edu/luma/flash/images...78_picasso.jpg


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