Tips For Displaying Vintage Tole Trays
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How To Hang Vintage Tole Trays

Vintage tole trays can be found in many price ranges. One way to display these decorative collectibles is to hang them right on the wall. You can buy special hangers for this purpose or tie ribbons on the handles and hang them from there. Hang your toleware separately or in groups but make sure that you hang them properly for best effect.

You have found a great toleware tray which go great with the décor in your dining room. So now you have it at home and you hammer a nail into the wall next to the hutch sitting the toleware tray onto it. Easy!

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You stand back, pleased with your accomplishment. You tilt your head from one side to the other and back again. Then you do a double take and stare at the tray. Something is amiss, but you can’t figure out what it is.

If you have found yourself staring at something you have just hung up trying to figure out why it doesn not look right, your not alone. There are a few common mistakes that look funny to the eye, but that you don’t quite know how to fix. Here’s some tips that might help when trying to hang hanging art on a wall:

Hanging Large Trays:

The larger trays should be the focus of your décor so you must make sure you hang it in a spot that is appropriate for the size and focus. 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 fancy trays.

Hanging Small Toleware:

Smaller pieces should be grouped together so that they do not get “lost” in the rest of the décor. Use a common theme like, color, framing or style to pull them together. If you don’t have a group, a smaller piece should be hung low and close to the furniture.

Hanging Trays In Groups:

Whether you are creating a grid of equal sized frames or composing a collection of various sizes the rule of spacing is the same. Try to have them spaced approximately 3 inches apart. 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.


Tole trays should be hung with the center of the picture at eye level. 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 tray is usually going to be viewed sitting down (as at a dining table or when viewed beside a couch) you would hang them at the sitter^s eye level instead.

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

Use these tips to create a designer look on your walls!

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