More Tips for Hanging Artwork in Small Spaces, page 2
Hang It Low
Try to relate artwork to the furniture below it. When hanging a large picture over a desk for instance, the bottom of the frame should sit about 5-10" above the desktop.
Relate Art to Wall Size
Choose smaller pictures for narrow walls and larger works for big wall spaces.
Relate Art to Furniture Size
In general, when hanging art over a piece of furniture it should not be longer than the width of the furniture.
Landscapes Open Up
Small rooms can be visually "opened" a bit by hanging landscape artwork showing faraway vistas, since it adds a "window" to the outdoors.
Strong horizontal lines in a picture tend to be calming and can give the illusion of width in a narrow room.
Strong vertical lines in a picture tend to make a room with low-ceilings appear taller.
Strong diagonal lines in a picture are dynamic and add excitement to the composition. (See snowboarder above or biker below!).
A group of pictures hung together can have a big impact. Think 3 sports posters, 4 Ansel Adams, 2 Georgia O'Keefes. Frame them alike.
Hang pictures to securely attached picture hooks. If in doubt about picture hardware, ask advice at the hardware store.
Pictures will have greater impact if matted in a contrasting color to the wall. Choose a dark mat for a light wall and vice versa.