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Hanging Architectural Elements

Architectural elements such as corbels old windows and chippy wooden designs from porches and old houses are great to use as wall decorations! You can hang them up as is or make special frames for them. Either way knowing how and where to best hang them will insure that you give your walls old world charm and appeal.

You have a fabulous piece from an old porch that will look great hanging in the kitchen. So now you have it at home and you hammer a nail into the wall above the window and slide the piece from an old porch on. Nothing could be easier!

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You take a step back to admire your new purchase. You tilt your head from one side to the other and back again. Then you do a double take and stare at the piece. Something doesn’t look right.

If this has happened to you – you hang something and you cant figure out why it doesnt look right, you are not the only one. Most people make little mistakes while hanging decorations – things the eye tells you dont look right but the brain cant figure out why. Below are some tips to keep in mind when hanging wall art or décor on a wall:

Hanging Large Architectural Pieces:

large corbels or other architectural pieces can be a focal point so you should be careful to place it in an appropriate area. Where is the best spot to hang large décor? Try over a couch, behind the dining set, over a fireplace or on a feature wall. A feature wall is where the placement of furniture or the layout of the home naturally guides the eye to a wall - a great place to feature architctural elements.

Hanging Small Pieces:

Smaller pieces should be grouped together so that they do not get “lost” in the rest of the décor. You can tie them together by using similar types or putting them in matching frames. Hang a single smaller piece low on the wall and as close to the furniture as possible, otherwise it will seem to be floating.

Architectural Groupings:

Make a statement by grouping your collection together on one wall. To get them to look right, you must space them properly. Try to have them spaced approximately 3 inches apart. Before you start making holes in the wall, try laying them out on the floor so you can figure out the best spot for each piece.


Architectural pieces should be hung with the very center level with your eyes. That means the center should be about 60 to 66 inches from the floor. If you've visited a gallery you will see that the frames are not lined up by their top or bottom edges but that the pictures are all centered at the same height.

If the piece will be viewed from the couch or while sitting at the table, then it should be hung at sitting eye level.

If you are hanging it behind the couch, make sure it is no more than 10” above the back.

With these easy tips you should have no problem creating wonderful arrangements that will have designer appeal.

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