Whether you're decorating the living room, bedroom, office, basement, bathroom or elsewhere, you really can't go wrong with framed pictures. It's a simple, classic decorative accessory that's guaranteed to improve the look of your home. However, there are a few things you should know about the do's and don'ts of decorating with pictures.
Hang at Eye Level
Should you hang your pictures high, low or somewhere in between? Most interior designers agree that it's best to hang pictures and artwork at eye level. This promotes a more natural decor in which the eyes naturally fixate towards the pictures. Being that no two people have the exact same height, however, it's best to stick with a fixed height, such as 62" or 64". Determine which height works best for you, and stick with this height when hanging photos, pictures and artwork throughout your home.
Hang it Level
In addition to hanging at eye level, you should also hang your photos and artwork level. In other words, don't hang it with the left side leaning more than the right -- or vise-versa. This is a serious eye-sore that will take away from your home's natural beauty. You can use a standard leveler or laser leveler to achieve the perfect balance.
Check the Color
When hanging photos in your home, consider the color and how it relates to the color of the surrounding decor. If your hanging a photo with a mostly black background, you shouldn't hang it in a room with brown or tan walls (black and brown clash with one another). You can, however, hang it in a room with black or even white walls.
Create a Collage
You can create a more dynamic decorative effect by hanging not one but several pictures in your home. Rather than just aligning them in a row, however, try creating a collage. Basically, this involves hanging multiple photos in a various arrangements. The photos don't have to be the same size or shape. On the contrary, it's actually better to create a collage with varying styles of photos.
These are just a few tips to follow when decorating your home with pictures. For more home decorating tips and tricks, check out our previous blog posts.