Hanging Vintage Prints
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You can find vintage prints for reasonable prices in most antique malls. These prints are often framed in wonderful frames and have interesting subjects and colors not found in modern prints. Hanging them on your walls can add interest if you know how to place them properly.

You have a fabulous vintage framed print which will make a wonderful addition to the décor in your bedroom. You mark your spot and drive a nail into the wall over the fireplace and slip your vintage framed print over it. Nothing could be easier!

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Happy with the completion of your task, you take a step back. You tilt your head from one side to the other and back again. You squint at the print. Something is amiss, but you can’t figure out what it is.

There are a few common errors that are made while hanging and arranging items on a wall. These errors look awkward to the eye, but you cannot put a finger on exactly what is wrong or how to fix it. Use the guidelines below when arranging paintings and prints on a wall:

Hanging Large Prints:

The larger prints can 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 prints.

Hanging Small Prints:

Try to group smaller pieces together to create a little focal point and add interest. Use a common theme like, color, framing or style to pull them together. A smaller piece can look strange if you try to put it in the middle of a wall so you should hang it lower on the wall and near a piece of furniture.

Hanging Prints In Groups:

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. Try positioning them on the floor or a table to get a pleasing arrangement before placing the nails and measure carefully before making any holes.


Prints 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 vintage print would be viewed from a sitting position, then hang it at the sitter’s eye level.

Décor hung behind a couch should be no more than 8 to 10 inches above the back of the couch.

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

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