Watercolor paintings give a serene and subtle feeling to any room. You can collect vintage paintings or find a modern artist that you like and use your walls as a showcase for your collection. Make sure you have them framed and hang them properly for best effect.
You have just purchased a watercolor that will look great hanging in the bedroom. Now that you’ve brought it home, you put a nail in the wall next to the bed sitting the watercolor on. Easy!
Pleased with your purchase you stand back. You move your head, looking at the hanging from all angles. Then you do a double take and stare at the painting. Something’s not right about it, but what?
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 artwork on a wall:
Hanging Large Watercolors:
Large paintings can be a focal point so you should be careful to place it in an appropriate area. Where do larger pieces look the best? 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 art.
Hanging Small Paintings:
Try to group small pieces if possible. Using similar or matching frames and matting make this look more pleasing. If you don’t have a group, a smaller piece should be hung low and close to the furniture.
Hanging Watercolors In Groups:
You can group items of any size together for an interesting display. Each item should be spaced about 3 inches away from the items on either side. 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.
Paintings looks best when hung with the center point 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 watercolor 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.
If you are hanging it behind the couch, make sure it is no more than 10” above the back.
These easy tips will have you creating a designer look in every room in your house!