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How To Hang Wall Art To Suit Your Space

How To Hang Wall Art

Wall art is a fun and easy way to bring life, flavor and classy style to any living space or work environment.  It may be a breeze to determine the perfect piece to provide the right amount of pizazz, however, the way in which this beautiful new addition is established can either hinder or enhance the way the art is portrayed.  The following will help guide away from possible bumps and mishaps that may occur.   To veer from wasting time and taking on the unnecessary stress of what should be a life-giving process of decorating, it is worth absorbing the following material before taking wing on this fun new project!

General Distribution

The key to catching peoples’ eye is to stay within their sight level.  This is generally from the waist to about six centimeters above the head.  When there is too much strain to see what is going on it becomes less enjoyable for the viewer to fully soak in the desired effect of the arrangement.  If the display is large, bring the focal point into the comfortable window of sight.  The eyes will be captured by what is expected to be seen first, and their visual experience can expand from there.

It is not necessary for the entire work of art to be seen immediately while entering a room.  In fact, this could produce more intrigue.  The experience becomes more adventurous if part of the array is not revealed until fully passing through the room. 

Children’s Rooms

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The placement should not just pertain to the personal stature of the decorator.  For example, when placing the layout in a child’s room they are the ones to enjoy the scene the most.  Set the presentation within a range that will suit them through their rapid seasons of growth.  It may first need to be decided how often the art will be moved around and decide the height accordingly so that it is not left at an awkward height as the child grows.

 An infant’s room is also much different, in that, their visual distance capabilities are at a much closer proximity to that of an adult.  The primary question may be, “Are adults the main audience or would the preference be for the baby to enjoy the design as much as possible?”  After pondering this, the time has come to move forward to the next step of the decorating process. 

Good visual locations in a child’s room are above the crib, on the closet doors, behind the bedroom door, near the play area, or the illustration can serve as a great diversion if installed around the changing table.  Planting the art just above the crib brings a calming vibe to their sleeping space.  This can affect their mood as they lay down for a nap or even affect the quality of their dreams.  If they have a creative visual to focus on within their personal range, their subconscious will more easily pick up on it.  This is one major reason the initial ‘choosing portion’ of the process is so crucial.  Be well aware of the visuals the little one is taking in.  When installing an artistic mural just above the trim near the floor it will bring sparks of inspiration into their time of imaginative play and story times.  As the child grows in stature and preference of artistic expression the arrangement can be moved and changed accordingly. 

Don’t be afraid to modify the set up throughout various seasons.  The differences will become a great asset to the child’s acceptance to changes that will occur throughout their journey and encourage personal creativity to flourish.


Bathroom Wall Stickers

Setting up art in the bathroom brings in different things to consider.  Think about how much of the image is desired to be seen in the mirror and plan accordingly.  Surrounding the mirror with words or pictures invites the eyes to enjoy the depiction more naturally, since it is an area that will be viewed on a more regular basis.  In front of the toilet or above the towel rack are good locations for an inspiring quote, a swirl of color or a piece that leads your eye to a higher point in the room.  Guiding the eye to the ceiling may help the room to appear larger.  A colorful portrayal near the light switch may encourage and remind children to switch off the lights as they leave the room. 

Decorating Around Wall Fixtures

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When decorating around towel racks, couches or book shelves set up the items that will be there before sticking the art to the wall.  This will help to better speculate how much of the image will be seen from the appropriate window of sight.  Challenge the range of creativity and play off of the objects they surround. 

For instance, put up water with fish jumping from behind to above the towel rack to make good use of the depth.  Stick an animal or person that is in climbing motion on or next to the side of a bookshelf.  Just above the stove or on top of a window sill are good spaces for small plant or animal sketches to create a snug feeling.  Subtle details can really enhance the poise of the room and facilitate the coziness of the domicile.

Lines and Color

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Pay attention to the leading lines in the given space.  Eyes will be directed toward the art and if it clashes with the lines of the furniture, Television, other artwork or even the rug on the floor it will be very disruptive to the flow of the room.  It is ok if lines are perpendicular, sometimes that is preferable for aesthetics.  The main thing to be careful with would be lines leading to the floor instead of up to the ceiling or around the room.  Bringing the eye to a window or mirror can trigger the mind to believe the area is bigger or brighter than its actual state of being.

This is also true for the colors you elect.  Before you set your heart on a particular print, be sure it accentuates and compliments what currently exists in the turf being decorated.  The color and texture of the carpet or flooring in the room could potentially impede the impact of the piece if it is not taken into consideration.  A helpful tool would be to bring in a color wheel to determine which figures have complementing colors to the floors and furniture.  If it is desirable to draw the eyes to the beautiful light fixtures, analyze an arrangement that leads up to the ceiling so it is an easy viewing motion from the natural eye level. 


wall stickers for window

When putting up displays on windows it is best to focus on black or bold colors.  In order to enjoy the art during the day and through the night it is a good idea to first imagine how it looks in all lighting conditions before determining your final decision.   Covering glass on sliding doors may avoid possible accidents.  Words on windows serve as easy signs for a store, announcements in a classroom or encouragements in the home. 

Visual Direction

The eyes tend to veer to the left when beginning to take in something visually.  Have this in mind when choosing where to insert the art.  Splitting your artistic space into thirds is a good general rule of thumb to comfortably display the image without it overwhelming the viewer. 

Asymmetry carries a peaceful rhythm while a more precise symmetry forms more order to the canvas at hand. In the same way, odd numbers usually create a pleasant balance to the area, and artistically emphasize the arrangement.  If there are even numbers of art pieces that are to be displayed together, think about the rule of thirds again as a template for spacing to create “breathing room” for the depictions to be more comfortably enjoyed.  Taking the time to designate the desired layout will not be time wasted. 


Hallways can be tricky, but worth the little extra zing if there is willingness for exploration.  There are multiple ways to visually accent a passageway, but one major aspect to consider is the width of space between the two walls.  The narrower the provided space is, the fewer amount of art pieces should be applied.  If the zone is too overly stimulated it becomes confusing to fully enjoy the artistic arrangement.  If the way is broader, having icons at the beginning and end of the hallway draws the eye to both simultaneously and connects the visual experience to be more full and vibrant.  Distributing the art on opposing walls at opposite sides of the hallway creates balance to the area.

If a wall is large and empty it would be best visually to fill the canvas with a medium to large piece of art.  In the same concept, it would be more visually appealing to fill a small space with smaller decals.  Be sure to measure the area before completing the “choosing process”.  The spacing is essential to the way the pictures and words will be enjoyed by the onlooker.  Remember to let the creative juices flow with the more unique situations, such as hallways.


ceiling decorations

If displaying art on the ceiling, be sure to take into consideration the spacing of light fixtures, fans and vents in order to prevent collision of these items with the artistic visuals.  The texture of the ceiling is an important factor to look in to, so as to be sure it will properly adhere to the surface.  This can be an interesting way of changing the perception of the scale of a room.  Lighter colors encourage openness and the darker the art is, the smaller a room may seem.   The balance of comfort may be challenged in this way depending on personal preference



Stairways are a great arena to catch the eye and liven up the surroundings.  It is fun to play off of the angle of the stairs, however the most visually pleasant arrangements stay true to reality.  By keeping the angles in proper relation to the main floor the art will be most naturally complimented and viewing pleasure will be optimized. 

For example, if a tree is chosen as the preferred art piece it should stand perpendicular to the floor, as opposed to the angle of the stairway itself.  Similarly, when displaying words, it is most comfortable to read when they are parallel to the floor or the line of the steps themselves.

Stairways are a great canvas to explore your creative, out-of-the-box ideas, yet staying true to plumb helps the art pieces to appear more natural which becomes more inviting to enjoy.

The Workplace

office wall stickers

When arranging flourishes of art in office spaces consider the more personal spots as the preferable viewing areas.  The waiting rooms, restrooms and break rooms are the best layouts to create a more comfortable environment and will help the business to feel more inviting as well.  The colors, shapes and textures in the art that you want can greatly affect the way the company is perceived and accepted subconsciously. 

The art that is chosen to greet customers into the place of business will set the tone and perception quality of the company.  To be greeted by an inspirational quote shows the customer that this company cares about their success and may be more motivated to invest time, money and energy into that business.  By constructing an environment of suitable comfort the intimidation factor is greatly reduced.  This is sure, not only to encourage the current customers to remain with this business, but will be a motivation for them to reference their friends to ‘the company that captured my attention and welcomed me in’.  Distributing arrangements near the entryway will be the first gathered impression and certain factors should be taken into careful thought; such as the size, color, texture and boldness the piece of art carries.  The first visual will attract or detour the audience, so if there is uncertainty ask for second and third outside opinions before placing the decorations permanently.

The Inspiration of Placement

The process of placing wall art can bring about inspiration and new lessons to be learned.  There are many things to remember, such as lines, color, association to furniture and size matching.  Overall, creative expression and fun is a more fulfilling end goal to this whole process than following specified rules or perfectionism.  It is important to remember that this space will speak out what words can’t always say.  Enjoy the art of room expression and enhance your personal space today!

  • Jun 28, 2018
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