Design Tips

Ever stand in front of a wall, with nail, hammer and picture in hand, and wonder “where do I start?” Three of our design experts share how to make hanging family photos or artwork a little easier and more visually stunning

Above a Piece of Furniture

Our designers all agreed that you should always let whatever ever you are hanging the art above be your guide.

“For example, a bed, if you have a series of small art, hang 4-6 inches above the top of the headboard and center the set of 2, 4 or even 6. Grouping your art above a bed gives an enormous impact,” explains Denise Dietterle, merchandising manager and interior designer. “Remember to also keep your lamps thinner with a smaller shade.”

Blank Walls

One way to do this is to measure from the center of the artwork to the floor.

“A standard rule is that artwork should be hung roughly 60” from floor to center of the artwork,” says Rose Meyer, window fashions manager and interior designer.

Or if you don’t feel like bringing out the tape measure, hang it eye level.

“If you are hanging a picture on blank wall, don’t let a tall person do it! The center of art should be at eye level, for women that is 5’5″. That way it is not too close to the ceiling or the floor,” Erica Wirth, visual merchandiser explains.

More than One Piece

Group similar items together to form a collage. Even if you have a mix of sizes and shapes, incorporate some repeat of color throughout. This is a fun way to fill up a big space. Vertical walls would have you arrange art vertically and horizontal walls use a horizontal arrangement.

Grouping also works well for children’s school pictures, evenly spaced vertical or horizontally. And forget the stair stepping with the school pictures!

Our designers are there to help you tackle any of your home design projects, regardless of how large or small. They will help you make your space a place that is yours, unique and usable! Stop into any of our showrooms and experience what our designers can do for you!