Hanging Your Antique Hand Fans
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How To Display Antique Hand Fans

Ladies hand fans were often used by ladies to fan themselves but also have a purpose as a decorative accessory. These beautiful pieces of art are often hand painted with delicate scenes and flowers. Many of them are made from precious materials such as ivory and inlaid with gems. You can preserve and frame these beautiful tokens of the past in shadow boxes suitable for hanging on the wall. You can group them or hang one alone but always make sure you hang them properly to get the best decorative effect.

You’ve just returned from the flea marked with a great handpainted ladies fan which will make a wonderful addition to the décor in your bedroom. Marking the perfect spot, you set a nail into the wall next to the bed and slide the handpainted ladies fan on. Instant Décor!

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You take a step back to admire your new purchase. You tip your head to one side and then the other. Then you do a double take and stare at the fan. It just doesn’t look right, but you have no idea why.

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 hangings on a wall:

Hanging Large Pieces:

Larger fans could be an area of focus so it needs to go in the appropriate spot 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 fans.

Hanging Small Pieces:

Grouping smaller pieces can add interest and keep them from getting “lost”. 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 In Groups:

Make a statement by grouping your collection together on one wall. To get them to look right, you must space them properly. Space them about 3” away from each other. But how to you figure out which piece to put where? Try laying them out on the floor first – that way you can arrange and re-arrange until you get the perfect setup, without making a lot of holes in the wall.


Fans 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 framed fan would be viewed from a sitting position, then hang it at the sitter’s 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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