Tips For Displaying Vintage Hankies
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Tips For Displaying Vintage Hankies

Vintage hankies can make interesting wall décor! These treasures of yesteryear are beautifully made with lace and stamped patterns. Have them framed in vintage style frames for a striking effect. Frame them either folded in a corner or fully extended depending non the pattern. Hanging them on your walls can be easy if you follow the tips below.

You have a beautiful antique lace hanky in a frame which go great with the décor in your bedroom. So you bring it into the room and hammer a nail into the wall beside the bed placing your antique lace hanky in a frame onto it. Perfect!

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You take a step back to admire your handiwork. You tip your head to one side and then the other. Squinting, you take another look at the hanky. Something doesn’t look right.

If you find yourself standing back from your hanging décor, dissatisfied with the look, dont despair. It is not uncommon to make these mistakes that you can see look awkward but you do not know how to fix. Use the guidelines below when hanging hankies on a wall:

Hanging Large Pieces:

Hankies in large frames can be your focal point. Be sure to hang it in the right spot. What’s the best spot for larger pieces? 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 hankies.

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. Otherwise anchor the small piece visually by hanging it low and close to furnishings so it doesn^t appear to be floating on the wall.

Hanging Pieces In Groups:

The key to grouping pieces together is to space them properly. Space them about 3” away from each other. Lay the pieces out on the floor first so that you can find the perfect arrangement. Then measure carefully and make your holes for hanging.


Framed hankies 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 your hanky will be viewed from the couch or while sitting at the table, then it should be hung at sitting eye level.

Anything hung behind the couch should be placed no more than 8 or 10 inches above the back of the couch.

When you use these easy tips, you’ll be able to create great wall décor that looks like it was arranged by a professional.

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