The How To of Hanging Wall Art

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How to Hang wall art and wall decor

Whether you’re hanging one large piece of canvas wall art or a lot of smaller artworks, determining the proper placement of the piece can sometimes seem daunting. Here’s a guide on how to hang artwork to make the process a little bit easier, and maybe even fun.

How to Hang wall art and wall decor

Tips and Tricks

  • A fireplace is always the focal point of a room. When hanging art over the fireplace, it’s a good idea to make the art grouping about the same size as the fireplace opening. One large piece or several small pieces that appear as one unit is a great solution.
  • A great way to test an arrangement before putting hammer to nail is by laying everything out on a table or on the floor. Move the pieces around until you have an arrangement that you like. Laying the pieces out on a large piece of kraft paper or wrapping paper is an even better method, as this allows you to trace around each piece and mark the hanging points. Then, tape the paper to the wall and hammer in the nails. Remove the paper, and voila!
  • Choose smaller pieces for narrow walls and larger canvas wall art pieces for big walls.

The middle of a piece of artwork or grouping of artwork should be at eye level

  • As a general rule, hang the artwork so that the center point of the piece or grouping is at approximately eye level; think of groupings as a single unit. For example, you may want to consider hanging art slightly lower in a dining room, since you are sitting down when you are looking at it.

Art hung over a piece of furniture should not be wider than the width of the furniture, a general principle being that the art should be about 75% the width of the furniture.

  • Art hung over a piece of furniture should not be wider than the width of the furniture, a general principle being that the art should be about 75% the width of the furniture.

Scenarios

Spacing between artwork groupings

Spacing for Even Numbers

Tight spacing = 1-2”
Normal spacing = 4-6”

Large Spaces:

A tightly grouped even number of pieces works great to balance out a large space or a high wall. Note that large spaces can handle slightly larger spacing than small spaces.

Small Spaces:

A tightly grouped even number of pieces in a small area, such as a stair landing, is perfect and gives a window effect. Light colors enhance this effect.

Use your hand as a general guide for spacing pieces of artwork

Hanging Pieces Horizontally

Perfect for a hallway or sofa wall, hanging art horizontally allows you to achieve some volume without appearing crowded. For this scenario, an odd number of pieces is more attractive to the eye and is visually balanced; a normal spacing of 4-6” is recommended.

Tip: Use your hand, fingers closed, to determine spacing in this scenario.

Use shelving to create a symmetrical arrangement on your wall

Symmetrical Placement

Great for pieces that are similar in size, shape, and subject matter, this method allows you to create a grouping that has visual balance and is perfect over large furniture collections or fireplace mantles.

Like this? Check out our shelving options and other wall storage.

Asymmetrical Placement

This is a great solution when you have a group of prints that aren’t necessarily the same but share at least one similar element, such as subject matter or color scheme. You can asymmetrically arrange the pieces so that they still achieve a nice ‘organic’ balance.

If you have two larger pieces, try staggering them by hanging one lower than the other, so that top and bottom don’t match.

Grouping larger and smaller pieces helps to create interest and energy. The same is true for vertical and horizontal pieces in the same grouping.

Hanging artwork and shelving on a wall

Multiples and the Vertical Line

When you are grouping four or more pieces, one above the other, you should consider a vertical line, meaning that the art should be visually balanced on both sides of an imaginary vertical line. Too much ‘weight’ on one side or the other will make the group seem awkward and unbalanced. Again in this scenario, it is a good idea to make sure the art is similar either in color scheme, frame style, or subject matter.

Hanging a grouping of asymmetrical artwork on a wall

Wall Types

Woodwork or Solid Wood Paneling

Wood is the ideal surface for hanging almost anything. Hanging hardware in this case is most often a supply of wood screws. With their pointed ends and sharp grooves, wood screws are easy to install with just a screwdriver.

Drywall and Plaster

For surfaces other than wood, an ordinary nail or screw is usually inadequate. Most walls are actually hollow, with relatively soft plaster or drywall covering their sturdy lumber framework. The boards, or studs, behind such a wall provide adequate support for any object that is hung on the wall, but they can be difficult to locate and may not be spaced where you want them. The hangers below, specially designed for hollow walls, readily solve the problem of surfaces too weak to hold a nail or screw. Most hardware stores stock them in various sizes.

Masonry and Brick

For concrete block or brick walls, use lead wall plugs, similar to the ones shown on the following page. You’ll need a power drill with a carbide tipped bit to create a hole for the plug. Tap the plug into place and insert the screw.

Hardware dealers can recommend the correct screw and bit sizes.

Hardware

Recommended for smaller plaques and average-sized picture frames on drywall or plaster.

Wall hook for hanging artwork Picture Hanger Recommended for smaller plaques and average-sized picture frames. The configuration of a picture hanger’s angled nail and metal hook will provide adequate support for most framed pictures. For larger frames, it is often advisable to use a pair of hangers.

 

Wall Anchor

Made of plastic or nylon, wall anchors function as sleeves into which a screw can be tightened. Refer to the product’s packaging instructions for the correct size of pilot hole to drill.
Recommended for drapery rod brackets and other lightweight brackets on drywall or plaster.

Wall anchor for hanging artwork Once you have drilled a hole, tap the anchor in with a hammer until it is flush with the wall. Place your object or bracket on the wall, insert the screw, and tighten. Tightening the screw causes the anchor to expand inside the wall, anchoring your bracket to the wall.

 

Expansion Bolt

If you do not have a drill, you may want to look for an expansion bolt (sometimes called a “molly bolt”), which can be hammered into the wall.
Recommended for mirrors, shelf units, brackets, and other heavy objects on drywall or plaster.

Expansion bolt, used to hang wall art Once the sheathed bolt is in the wall, turn it clockwise with a flat-head screwdriver. When it will not turn any more, turn it counter-clockwise to secure its collar against the inside of the wall. If necessary, the bolt can be removed to put it through the object or bracket you’re hanging. When attaching a two-holed bracket to the wall, you may want to use an expansion bolt for the top hole, but a wood screw will suffice in the lower hole.

 

Toggle Bolt

As with wall anchors, toggle bolt installation begins with drilling a pilot hole and then lightly tapping the toggle bolt into position. Good for heavier jobs, toggle bolts have spring-activated “wings” that fold out once inside the hollow wall.
Recommended for mirrors, shelf units, brackets, and other heavy objects on drywall or plaster.

Toggle bolt for hanging wall art As you tighten the bolt with a screwdriver, the wings expand and are drawn against the wall. Note: Once installed, removing the bolt from the wall will cause the wings to detach and fall behind the wall.

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  1. Reply

    Louise Squire

    August 27, 2017

    I would like to access your free service in hanging a group of 5 photos in the dining room. Would this be possible?

  2. Reply

    Susan

    July 12, 2017

    Hanging at eye height is useful, however, my husband and I have a constant disagreement when trying to do this. He’s 6’1 and I’m 5’4″. It never works for us. It’s better to know the proportion of the art work to the height of the wall. We constantly argue about where to hang things.

    • Caroline McDonald
      Reply

      Caroline McDonald

      July 20, 2017

      Hey Susan,
      Typically, the rule of thumb is for it to hang at eye level if you were 5’7, so actually that’s a perfect compromise! Exactly in between you and your husband.
      Hopefully the disagreement can be laid to rest 🙂
      Caroline

  3. Reply

    Gilda Hall

    March 13, 2017

    Hello team,
    I cannot thank you enough for the professional guidelines you offer in this article. My artwork is not extraordinary in any way. Using your expert tips makes it look like a designer gallery collection. Knowing how to arrange what I have made all the difference.

  4. Reply

    Bella

    February 20, 2017

    This is a great article! I’m a family photographer and looking for resources to help guide my clients with designing and purchasing wall art (mainly canvas prints). These tips are great! Do you have any other resources you could recommend?

  5. Reply

    Laura Heaton

    February 19, 2017

    I have a large cathedral ceiling wall (122 inches wide and about 15 feet high) on the side of my staircase. I currently have 2 complementary framed painitngs 42 x 32 hanging staggered on the wall. They have been there for 25 years. I am thinking of updating with either your 2 Nordic abstracts 44 X 30, hung in the same positions, or your Storm Art canvas 45 X 36 in the midddle, with Suzanne Kessler’s Efferescent Blues and the Pacific View Art in 36 x 24 hung on either side of the STorm Art, staggering all three up the staircase wall. I am nervous about the latter, because it is different than what I know worked, but I think it will be a fresher look. The other thing I was wondering is if I did the Storm ARt in the middle, would it be better to use 2 of the Efferescent Blues on either side instead of using 3 different works? Or do you think the three all complement each other enough to use the 3?

    • Reply

      Annika Dupree

      June 5, 2017

      Laura,
      We would love to help you update this wall! We offer a free service in which our interior designers help pick out furniture, fabric,and accessories! Just send in your question along with a picture of the space here, and a designer will reach out to you!

  6. Reply

    Trisha

    January 30, 2017

    I have 2 of the same pictures and wanted to know what is the best way to hang them or would 2 of the same look silly?

    • Reply

      Annika Dupree

      June 5, 2017

      Trisha,
      We would love to help you with this design challenge! We offer a free design service in which our interior designers help pick furniture, fabric, and accessories. Just send your question and a picture of the space here, and a designer will reach out to you with a design solution!

  7. Reply

    Esther

    January 27, 2017

    Hi! I have 6 16’x20″ framed botanical prints to hang behind my coach. My wall is only 8 feet tall. The coach sits approximately 3 feet forward from the wall as part of a sitting area. The area behind the coach is part of a pass through as there is a doorway on the end of that wall How high from the floor do I start hanging the pictures. My couch is 76 inches wide.

    • Reply

      Annika Dupree

      June 8, 2017

      Esther,
      We would love to help you get this picture hanging done right! We offer a free design service in which our interior designers help with specific situations by picking out furniture, fabric, and accessories. Just send them your question along with a picture of the space here, and an interior designer will reach out to you with your design plan!

  8. Reply

    Luanne

    January 19, 2017

    I have a wall that is almost 6′ wide (70 1/2″) and 7′ tall (chair rail molding at 3′ of 10′ ceiling). It is in a hallway between a side door and my kitchen area. I love the canvasses by Rick Reiert that you offer, but I am not sure what size I need for that area. Should I go with a vertical or horizontal canvas?

    • Reply

      Annika Dupree

      June 8, 2017

      Luanne,
      We would love to help you with choosing the right size! We offer a free design service in which our interior designers pick out furniture, fabric, and accessories! Just send your question along with a photo of the space here, and a designer will reach out to you with your design plan!

  9. Reply

    Janet Johnson

    January 17, 2017

    Hello team, awaiting you’re expertise advice regarding our two similar Thomas Kinkade’s paintings. Wanting to finish bedroom decorating. Thank you.

  10. Reply

    Janet Johnson

    January 17, 2017

    Hello, we have a boring dilemma . We purchased two Thomas Kincade paintings same size and same wood frame color (dark perhaps mahogany). The painting are a stepping stone cottage and a garden gazebo scene. Together they flow like a front of a house and an up close backyard scene. It is a large wall behind a queen size bed. The paintings are 23 1/2 x 21 1/2. How would you suggest they are hung on the same wall? So appreciate your assistance.

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    Dianne Lapidot

    January 15, 2017

    I need decorating advice. My family room is about 40 ft. long, rectangular, and divided into two sitting areas. One half has a slider, leather sofa, round coffee table, area rug and two small chairs. The art above the sofa (on the outside wall) is a collection of 6 rectangular framed pieces encircling a round metal piece. The other half of the room has a curved sofa, larger chair, two tables, area rug and 55″ TV. The sofa and chair face towards the TV, which is on the outside wall. A lamp sits on a table halfway up the long (outside) wall, just before the low 60″ TV stand. The walls are about 14 ‘ tall on the outside wall. The outside wall also has no windows. A large window is on the shorter wall opposite the slider. How would you suggest decorating the wall around the TV and the corner where the long wall meets the wall with the large window? This room is open to stairs and the second story, on the wall opposite the outside wall.

    • Reply

      Annika Dupree

      June 8, 2017

      Dianne,
      We would love to help you design your family room! We offer a free design service in which our interior designers pick out furniture, fabric, and accessories. Just send in your question along with a picture of the space here, and a designer will reach out to you with your design solution!

  12. Reply

    Arda Straub

    January 10, 2017

    I have two similar pictures one is slightly small than the other I plan on hanging them over the sofa. Should I stagger then or hang them so they are level on the bottom or level on the top. Thank you

    • Reply

      Annika Dupree

      June 8, 2017

      Arda,
      We would love to help you hang these pictures! We offer a free design service in which our interior designers pick out furniture, fabric, and accessories. Just send in your question along with a picture of the space here, and a designer will reach out to you with your design solution!

  13. Reply

    Amy

    December 1, 2016

    Hello, We need some advice. We currently have 3 of our 4 children’s canvas portraits in our living room above our formal sofa, all identically framed. Recently, we acquired our 4th child’s portrait, and are unsure about how to now group them. If we continue to place them all side-by-side, the grouping will be larger than the length of the sofa. Another issue is that 2 of the portraits are in a field, and the other 2 are with similar tree backgrounds. Do we continue to place them in a row, in varying backgrounds, or do something else? It’s the largest wall in the room, and the focal point from the front entry. Thank you for your advice in advance.

    • Caroline McDonald
      Reply

      Caroline McDonald

      December 2, 2016

      Amy,
      This sounds like such a great focal point in your space! Family photos make fantastic wall decor. My suggestion is simply to hang them in a grid of four over your sofa. That way, the frames won’t extend past your sofa. Because the backgrounds are different, consider hanging the similar backgrounds diagonally across from each other.
      Best of luck. I’m sure it’ll look great!

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    claudia

    November 23, 2016

    i need assistance in what to place over my large sofa in a very long and narrow room.

    • Caroline McDonald
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      Caroline McDonald

      November 23, 2016

      Claudia,
      We totally understand — that large space over your sofa can feel so expansive and empty. Our general rule is to look for something at least two thirds the width of your sofa. That should give you some idea of the size you’ll need. After that, it’s just up to you to find something you like! We also like to use the colors from our rug as the direction for the color palette of our artwork.’
      Hopefully that helps!

  15. Reply

    Johnny McCarron

    November 16, 2016

    I really like your advice to consider the different kinds of material you will be hanging your artwork on. Not only does that impact the kind of nail you should use, but also the kind of picture that should go in your home. Do you have any other tips about getting art work for your home?

  16. Reply

    Donna

    November 12, 2016

    Help! I have 4 framed pictures I want to Gand on a wall over a sofa. The sofa is not centred on that wall, but to the right with a table and lamp on the left side of it. Do I hang the 4 pictures evenly left to right on the wall! Centred over the sofa in a square? Or centred on the wall in a square? Or across the top of the sofa?

    • Caroline McDonald
      Reply

      Caroline McDonald

      November 14, 2016

      Donna,
      It’s hard to say without seeing a photo of your space, but we would suggest centering the art over your sofa rather than on the wall. If you hang the pieces and the space looks unbalanced, consider adding weight to whichever side feels off. A large lamp for example, drapery panels, maybe a tall bookcase. This will help lend balance, while keeping the art centered over the sofa as your focal point.
      Best of luck!

  17. Reply

    Karen

    October 31, 2016

    HI,
    I have 2 oil paintings that I want to hang on a wall. I don’t know the exact dimensions but they are, square, medium sized – one bigger than the other. They will be on a wall behind 2 chairs. I also have to find a place for the large dog print I bought from Ballard. Should I put them together? Or will that look crowded? Thank you!

    • Caroline McDonald
      Reply

      Caroline McDonald

      November 15, 2016

      Karen,
      In general, we love the idea of hanging different paintings together. It creates a layered look we find very cozy. In terms of your specific paintings, we do think there should be a metaphorical thread that links your three paintings together. Maybe they all have a similar frame, a common theme in terms of the subject, or perhaps a similar color palette. If that ‘thread’ is there, we say go for it!

  18. Reply

    anji

    October 27, 2016

    Thank you. I got some good ideas from that.

  19. Reply

    Alta Wilsnagh

    October 24, 2016

    How high from floor on double volume floor?

    • Reply

      Alta Wilsnagh

      October 24, 2016

      Sorry…….double volume wall?

  20. Reply

    Maeilyn

    October 12, 2016

    My sofa is 81″ long and the wall space is wish to fill is between 2 Windows. How large a picture would I need?

    • Caroline McDonald
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      How to Decorate

      October 12, 2016

      Maeilyn,
      The rule of thumb is that the piece of furniture should be between 50-75% the width of your sofa, so we suggest anything from 40-60 inches wide.
      Happy Decorating!

  21. Reply

    April

    September 21, 2016

    I have a rectangular dining wall that is 213″ wide by 114″ tall. I’m planning on hanging three art pieces that are 47.5″ squared. I’m considering adding a second row of these art pieces, such that the wall would be 3 columns of 2 – is my wall large enough or would it look too crowded? Thanks!

    • Caroline McDonald
      Reply

      How to Decorate

      October 18, 2016

      April,
      This sounds gorgeous. We definitely recommend going for the second row — it’ll create a beautiful focal point in your dining room.
      Best of luck!

  22. Reply

    Amy Walker

    September 19, 2016

    Is it ok to hang a framed piece of art in a bathroom? I’m wondering about the moisture from the shower causing the glass to fog and damaging the art. Thank you for your feedback.

    • Caroline McDonald
      Reply

      How to Decorate

      September 20, 2016

      Amy,
      We absolutely recommend hanging art in the bathroom. Most professionally framed pieces of art should haven’t a problem.

  23. Reply

    Ellie Masters

    August 27, 2016

    I have a 79″ black leather sofa, on the left of which slightly overhangs the arms of a 5-arm floor lamp, which does impose visually on the space.  I’m wondering how to hang two pieces above the sofa.  One piece is a framed print, 22.5 X 26.5, the other is a tapestry, 31 X 31.  Both pieces have similar colors but the print is impressionistic and intricate with brighter colors and the tapestry is abstract cubist.

    • Caroline McDonald
      Reply

      Caroline McDonald

      November 15, 2016

      Ellie,

      It’s difficult to make a recommendation without seeing the space, but we have two initials thoughts for you. First would be to suspend the framed print over the tapestry. This could create a very layered, cozy feel that we think could be nice.

      Our second idea would be to have the tapestry framed so that it could hang more easily with your other framed print. Unframed, we think the hanging tapestry and the print will feel disjointed if they’re next to each other on the wall.

      If you neither of these ideas appeal to you, we’d suggest hanging them in separate places.

      Best of luck!

  24. Reply

    Cindy

    August 13, 2016

    I have a open floor plan lounge / kitchen and the full length wall has been painted 1/3 up the wall grey blue with the top area to ceiling cream. Were the two paint colours meet there is a decorative wallpaper strip bring the two colours together. looks great but unsure about hanging pictures as I think it may be too busy any thoughts

    • Caroline McDonald
      Reply

      Caroline McDonald

      November 15, 2016

      Cindy,
      It’s hard to make any kind of recommendation without seeing the space. How busy is the wallpaper strip? What sort of art were you considering? There’s certainly some way to choose art that would coordinate with the wallpaper, although we would leave you with this thought. Rather than choosing art to coordinate with a strip of wallpaper that you don’t sound very keen on, why not have the wallpaper strip removed, and add a piece of chair moulding where the strip was. Sometimes it’s easier to solve the problem rather than decorate around it.
      Does that make sense? Best of luck!

  25. Reply

    Kathleen

    August 1, 2016

    I have a living room dining room combination 14’x24′. One long wall is 10′ high while the opposite long wall is 16′ high. This creates a diagonal wall space and this is where the sofa sets. What is the best way to decorate the diagonal wall above the sofa?

    • How to Decorate Team
      Reply

      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      August 4, 2016

      Kathleen,
      We totally understand how your living and dining room has stumped you! We think the best thing to do would be to fill the wall space using a variety of solutions. Toward the side of the room with the lower ceilings and perhaps over the sofa, consider using a large piece of art or a gallery wall that fills about 2/3 of the vertical wall space. There’s no need to go all the way to the ceiling, but you’ll want to go up high enough to wear it will blend with the side of your room that’s taller.

      Our next suggestion would be to maybe use a bookshelf or a couple of bookshelves on the side of the room where the ceilings are taller. This would be a great way to store dishes and serve ware for your dining space, and a taller bookshelf will help fill that space. We also love hanging art or wall plaques over tall bookcases in rooms with very tall ceilings. We think this would be a great way to blend the two spaces (lower ceiling and taller ceiling) in a natural way.

      Best of luck!

  26. Reply

    Phyllis

    July 31, 2016

    I wish to hang 2 large and 2 medium pictures in my dining room. They are all “wine” theme bold color pictures. Do I hang them in a row? Large on the outside and small inside or reverse, or should I hang them with large on the outside and 2 smaller ones in the middle vertically – which would make them stick out on the top and bottom ? Any suggestions?

    • How to Decorate Team
      Reply

      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      August 4, 2016

      Phyllis,

      This is a tricky question, and one that would be much easier to answer if we could see the pieces you’re talking about. But given the information you provided, we suggest either handing the two larger pieces on the inside with the smaller pieces on the outside, or hanging the smaller pieces on top and the large pieces on bottom.

      It really comes down to the room they’ll be hanging in. Are the ceilings very tall? That would definitely make a case for hanging them on top of each other. Or along the same lines, perhaps the room is really long, you’ll want to hang them so they take up more space horizontally.

      Another thing to consider if whether they’re hanging over a piece of furniture like a buffet or console. Typically we suggest art to be about 2/3 the width of the furniture it hangs over, so that could help you figure out whether your pieces should hang on top of each other or side by side.

      Best of luck!

  27. Reply

    E Harris

    July 31, 2016

    In my living room I have three pieces of art. One rectangle piece hangs over the piano. It is a picture of four men on camels with a dark navy – black background. Each of the men has their heads wrapped and flowing capes with fuschia, mustard, white, teal and green. Currently, this has a black frame and black mat with a thin metalic gold mat touching the picture.

    On a perpendicular wall I have two square pieces of geometric art that has the fuschia, cream, teal, green, burgundy and a few other colors in it. Overall this picture is very light with creams and gold dominating it. These are framed with gold frames, a thick navy mat and underneath that touching the picture is a mustard color mat.

    I am going to update the frame over the piano. What would you recommend for the frame and mat over the piano? Should the frames be the same finish in the room? What would you recommend for the mats in the picture over the piano? I was considering a lighter mat because the majority of the picture is very dark.

    • How to Decorate Team
      Reply

      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      August 4, 2016

      E,

      Choosing frames can be so tricky! As a general rule, you should first choose a frame that compliments your art piece and then think about the room its in. Try taking your piece to a professional frame shop — they should be able to help you pick something that will really highlight the art.

      Another thing that we think would be helpful to remember, when considering finishes in the space, we definitely are in team “mixing finishes.” Our general rule of thumb though is to use a finish at least 3 times in the room. So, while we don’t necessarily think the piece over your piano needs to match the frame of the geometric pieces, we do think that the frame you select should coordinate with the other colors and finishes in the room. So if your piano is black, maybe keep the black frame and just change the mat.

      Hopefully that helps!

  28. Reply

    Patricia Ryan

    July 30, 2016

    I am interested in using the Addy Art cow picture and the MOO letters on a wall in my kitchenette area. I am can’t decide which size picture and letters to order for my space. My wall is 7 ft. 9 In. X 9 ft. High.

  29. Reply

    Donnetta Butler

    July 1, 2016

    I am looking for the right size art to hang above my king size bed. Headboard height is 54″ and ceilings height is 10 ft. Any suggestions?

    • How to Decorate Team
      Reply

      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      July 29, 2016

      Donnetta,
      Our rule of thumb is for your art to be at least 2/3 the width of your headboard, so look for something between 52-60″ wide. If you like abstract art, many of our abstract pieces can be hung horizontally or vertically, and most of our pieces can be found in multiple sizes. We think you’ll easily be able to find the right piece.
      Best of luck!

  30. Reply

    Julie

    June 29, 2016

    I have one large picture and two smaller ones (which are the same size), what is the best way to hang them over my dining cabinet.

    • Lydia Merz
      Reply

      Lydia Merz

      July 1, 2016

      Hi Julie,

      It’s hard to say without seeing your room, but if you submit this form https://www.ballarddesigns.com/howtodecorate/send-us-your-own-decorating-dilemma/ with photos of your room and the pictures you wish to hang, we can help! We have a free service that can give you suggestions, even with arranging your art.
      We look forward to helping you decorate,
      The How to Decorate Team

    • Reply

      Diane Souza

      July 2, 2016

      I have three prints by the same artist 2 are 24w x 20h and 1 is 20wx24h. I want to put them over my sofa, how can I hang and space them?I love Ballard designs and get many good ideas.

      • Caroline McDonald

        Caroline McDonald

        November 15, 2016

        Diane,
        It’s hard to make a suggestion without seeing the three pieces. Since two of the paintings are the same size and both landscape, we would suggest hanging them one on top of the other. Then, place the painting with the portrait orientation (the 20W x 24H) piece off to one side of the other two, centered between them. Does that make sense?
        Happy Decorating!

  31. Reply

    Nancy Johnston

    May 19, 2016

    In a dining room, when the dining table if “off center” of the wall because of a chest at one end of the room, do you center a picture on the wall or center it on the placement of the table?

  32. Reply

    Kimberly

    May 15, 2016

    I have high ceiling and a wall on stairwell that I would like to hang art I was thinking of two warbler art prints but with the high ceilings i am not sure what size? Thanks

  33. Reply

    Joyce Malacina

    May 8, 2016

    How do I find a person or company that can hang oversized panels of decorative screen in my 2 story foyer.
    in Warrenville, IL.

  34. Reply

    Kim

    April 27, 2016

    I have a rustic lux hearth room. Was thinking about purchasing the white heron art and two garden district mirrors. They would hang between two sconces. I have gotten some opinions that it would look great but a couple now. Any thoughts?

    • How to Decorate Team
      Reply

      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      April 27, 2016

      Kim,
      We think this sounds like a great plan. We might suggest choosing a larger size for the White Heron, then flanking it by the two smaller Garden District Mirrors. Just be sure to measure and measure again before ordering 🙂
      Best of luck,
      The How to Decorate Team

  35. Reply

    Verna M Unruh

    March 14, 2016

    I have a basement bedroom, 3 walls are painted white on cement, and I need an accent wall for the sheet rocked fourth wall…..the color scheme is a wine/navy/white quilt, same for valances w/ black blinds on two basement windows……..I rather like a subdued castle…..very subtle, in a diffused gray, maybe a little charcoal, then light gray as well. This bedroom is averagely sized.

  36. Reply

    Melissa

    January 16, 2016

    I’m interested in hanging multiple Randy Hibberd Seasons arts canvas prints on a wall in my living room.

    However, I have a wall unit in the middle of my wall.

    1. Would it be best to hang them only on one side of the wall unit??? I have a wall that is close to 7 feet (left side of wall unit). I also have a wall that is 6 feet (right side of wall)

    2. If I hang the canvas prints on both sides of the wall unit, how many should appear on each side?

    Any thoughts? Would love to send a photo to show you the space.

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      February 9, 2016

      Melissa,
      We definitely love the idea of hanging our Seasons Art prints on either side of your media cabinet. This sounds like a great way to balance a large piece of furniture on a blank wall. It’s hard to say without seeing photos of the space, but we like the idea of having at least one print on each side of wall unit. If you can fit two on each side that would be fantastic as it’ll create a dramatic focal point in the space. When in doubt, go for the dramatic focal point!
      Hopefully that helps give you some direction. Best of luck.
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Marcia

    January 16, 2016

    I have 2 pictures, 19 x 16 inches. They are both of scenery in the same colors with the same frame. One hangs vertically, one horizontally. What is the correct positioning to hang them? Does it matter which one is first or second, or which is higher or lower?

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      February 9, 2016

      Marcia,
      We understand your concern. This is a tricky situation. We have two suggests, either break up the two prints and don’t hang them next to one another. Perhaps one hands over your fireplace and the other over a console in the same room? Another solution could be to hang them asymmetrically next two each other and fill in the holes on either side with other small pieces like wall plaques, mirrors, or smaller art prints.
      Best of luck!

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    Connie

    November 28, 2015

    I am looking to decorate in our powder room. It’s blank right now. The toilet is on the same wall as the small vanity. I’m looking for how to decorate on the wall next to the toilet and above the toilet. Colors are similar to the Birds in Branches art. The walls are the brownish gold you see in the bird. The wall to the left of the toilet (as you walk in) is 41 1/2 inches wide. There is a diagonal wall near that but I don’t think I’d decorate that. Any ideas?

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      December 1, 2015

      Connie,
      Your powder room might be a great opportunity for some wallpaper, which works so nicely in a small space like a bathroom. We have lots of wallpaper options, but we might suggest a large tone on tone stripe which is dramatic but not too busy, like our Metallic and White Canopy Stripe wallpaper.
      Best of luck!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Marsha Bardwell

    November 24, 2015

    Do you have advice on lighting a 36″ wide original oil painting, Impressionist? Are the picture lights the best way? Size?

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      February 9, 2016

      Marsha, yes we think a picture light will work best.

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    Maureen Santoro

    August 26, 2015

    I have 5 black 5×7 oval frames with silhouettes that I wish to hangin a grouping in my living room. Any ideas for arrangement in a 3′ wall space? Thank you, maureen

    • Caroline McDonald
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      Caroline McDonald

      November 15, 2016

      Maureen,
      It’s hard to make a suggestion without seeing the space. We would suggest placing all of your frames on the floor and moving them around until you get an arrangement you like best!

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    Kassie

    August 22, 2015

    Very neutral beige/tan walls and upholstered furniture, with dark wood dining room set, wall unit and end tables. Tried to keep it neutral and bring color in with artwork and accessories.

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    Kassie

    August 22, 2015

    Boy am I stuck. Moved into a 55+ new home and have nothing on walls, Open Floor Plan, starting with narrow entryway with empty high wall on left with no table or artwork yet, then dining room, living room and sunroom. Have problem with what to do with right side continuous blank wall with descending high ceilings and how to choose artwork that will flow without being too matchy or same. Would appreciate any help you can give.

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      November 5, 2015

      Hi Kassie,
      We actually offer free design services that can help you decorate your space. They’d be happy to make some suggestions for your new home! Simply complete this form and our Design Solutions team will reach out to you. Be sure to include photos of your space so we can give you the most helpful advice and tips.
      The How to Decorate Team

      • Dezzy

        January 19, 2016

        I HAVE A LARGE LONG WALL BEHIND MY SOFA. i DON’T WANT T A PICTURE TO GET LOST ON THE LONG WALL . I BOUGHT THREE LARGE ROUND WOODEN CARVINGS WITH MIRRORED BACKGROUNDS TO HANG BUT I DON’T KNOW IF I SHOULD ARRANGE THEM HORIZONTALLY OR OTHERWISE. CAN YO HELP IN HOW TO HANG LARGE ROUND WALL ART? EVERYTHING I SEE REVOLVES AROUND SQUARE ARTWORK.

      • How to Decorate Team

        Caroline @ How to Decorate

        February 9, 2016

        Dezzy,
        I think the only real way for us to help is to see the space. Complete this form, and our Design Solutions team will access your problem and contact you with a suggestion!

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    Marylin morello

    July 13, 2015

    I have a large architectural iron piece that I would like to hang over my bed with 2 tradional (country French) Rooster prints over each bedside table. Is this acceptable design? Also because they are roosters are they only relegated to the Kitchen?
    thank you for your advice.
    Marylin

    Sorry but I did not get an answer

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      July 22, 2015

      Sounds lovely, Marylin. We say go for it!

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    Michele V

    July 12, 2015

    I have a collection of botanical bird prints and would like to hang in my family room. I have a total of 7 prints. They are very muted in color – darker. My room has a medium dark wood floor and the walls are almond. How should these be framed. I was wondering if a gold bead tight around the picture with a 2 or 3 in white mat then a black frame would look good or can you suggest something. My room is all pretty much neutral with leather side chair tan sofa. Thank you for your suggestions.

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      July 22, 2015

      Michele,
      We would suggest a dark frame to pull out the color of your dark floor. As far as the gold beading, it depends entirely on the type of look you’re after. For something more traditional, gold beading would be lovely. For a more streamlined modern look, we would suggest a simple dark frame with clean lines!
      Best of luck!

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    Nicole

    June 12, 2015

    I have 9, 5×7 watercolor prints of different flowers that I want to hang in my apartment hallway. Should I go with identical frames for each piece or different frames but all one color? Thanks for your suggestions!

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      June 16, 2015

      Hi Nicole,
      Thanks for your question! If all of the watercolor prints are part of a matching collection (which it sounds like they are), we suggest framing them in the same frame, same color. If they’re different paintings from different artists but all in the same size, we might suggest you mix up the frames. But with that said, it’s entirely up to you! If you want a look that’s more polished and streamlined, we suggest matching frames. For a more eclectic look, mixed frames.
      We hope that helps!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    S Hinkle

    May 25, 2015

    I have3 prints 2 are horizontal 1 vertical all are of fruit do u have a suggestion foe hanging?? They are 11 X 14 and I want them to go over a table in my dining room..

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      May 26, 2015

      Hi S,
      A collection of prints with 2 horizontal and 1 vertical can be tricky. We might suggest hanging one horizontal on top of the other, then to the side of the horizontal prints, center the vertical one between the two.
      Does that make sense?
      Best of luck!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Denise

    May 25, 2015

    I have a tall foyer, but narrow. It has a very large wall that encompasses the foyer and the next level. It is open to both spaces. I have a long horizontal cityscape that I love, but it looks too small for the wall. Is it alright to build up the wall space by adding a horizontal metal architecture piece over the unframed wrapped canvas cityscape?

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      May 26, 2015

      Hi Denise,
      It’s hard to say exactly without seeing your space, but we definitely think that building up and out to create a collection of pieces on a large expanse of wall sounds like the perfect solution. Plus, with a large wall like you have, it’s nice to have a mix of prints, plaques, and architectural pieces to give it a more collected feeling.
      Best of luck,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Linda Scalia

    April 21, 2015

    please help me sssoon…..

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    Linda Scalia

    April 20, 2015

    I have a huge wall in my grate room that goes on an angle. The lowest end pf the wall that meets the ceiling is 8 feet and the wall gradually builds up to about 12 feet at the end of the wall that meets the ceiling. I am going on ART.COM to find canvas paintings for this huge wall. My delema is how to place the pieces on the wall that would cover most of the wall.But I don’t want too many pieces but some size like 24 by 32 and others smaller around those…But I want the space filled but not too crowded and the art not too close together so you can see each piece individually being far enough apart….I love nature…tropical….outdoor sciences and trees and flowers…..The website helped me some what but i need a layout of sizes to form on my dining room table on a smaller scale to figure out how to arrange the sizes of the pics to cover this large space. I was even thinking of adding some shelving with some vases or small pics…or some metal art instead of just art pieces…Please give me your feed back…( I want this wall to be my focal point in my grate room….That when friends and family come in and look at my wall they say “WOW”…it’s amazing the art that you chose for this space….it really POPS !!!! thanks….hope to hear from you…Linda

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      April 24, 2015

      Hi Linda,
      Thanks for your comment. We would love to help, but it’s difficult to make suggestions without seeing either your space or the art pieces you’d like to use. But we do actually offer a free service where our designers will help solve decorating dilemmas in your home. This certainly sounds like one! Simply complete this form, and we’ll reach out to you. Don’t forget to include photos of your space with the form so we can make more specific suggestions that are tailored to your needs!
      Looking forward to hearing from you,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Brenda

    December 27, 2014

    I have four magazines dated from 1931 to 1938 that were my grandmothers called The Farmer’s Wife. They have adorable covers of scenes with people doing interesting things on them. They fit perfectly in 11 X14 frames. I’m putting them in my guest room and was wondering if I should hang them all on the same level or stagger them?

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      March 3, 2015

      Hi Brenda,
      Thanks for your comment. It’s hard to say without seeing the actual space. But, if you’d like to contact our Design Solutions team and send them some photos, they’ll be able to make some suggestions! Simply complete this form, and we’ll reach out to you. Don’t forget to include photos of your space with the form!
      We look forward to hearing from you,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Wendy

    September 10, 2014

    Hi there,

    I currently purchased a condo, and I have created an accent wall that I would like to hang a clock on. The wall is 43″ wide and the clock is 39.75″ in diameter, will this look to big for the wall? What is the spacing you should have on either side of wall art on a small wall?

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      November 5, 2014

      Hi Wendy,
      Thanks for your comment. We actually have a design team that can help you with your home. It’s a free service that we offer to all of our customers. Use this form to submit some photos, and our design team will create a design plan for your space. We look forward to helping you!
      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Angie

    August 7, 2014

    I have a small guest bedroom (8 x 10). There is not enough space on the wall across from the bed to put any furniture. The wall is 10 feet long. I have tried to put photos and artwork but, to me, it looks strange not to have and anchor for the hung pieces. Is there a way to do this?
    Would it work to have a gallery of same size pieces?
    Thanks

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      August 28, 2014

      Hi Angie,

      Thanks for your comment. We actually do have a free service for our customers called Design Solutions where offer problem solving and design plans. It’s a free service which you can take advantage of by either visiting one of our stores, or submit your questions online by completing this form. Just let us know what kind of help you need, send us some pictures of your space, and our Design Solutions team will create a plan for you!

      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Becky McAlister

    July 25, 2014

    I have just received the Garden District Mirrors that I ordered from Ballard. Now, to get them hung over our sofa STRAIGHT! What is the best way to do this? What hardware is best to hang these mirrors? I have four mirrors and I want them to hang vertical (up & down). I was a little confused when I saw the backs of the mirrors.

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      July 30, 2014

      Hi Becky,

      We suggest our faithful power hooks for hanging anything from mirrors to large art pieces. I’m guessing the back of the mirror confused you because they can either be hung vertically or horizontally? Definitely look into our Power Hooks, we find them to be very helpful.

      Let us know if you have any other questions,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    jane dodd

    July 14, 2014

    we are decorating our party room in our condo building. We have two chairs sitting on the side of a square table. We are thinking of hanging a large horizontal picture above the table and chairs. Would you suggest this and how high should they be? Thank you.

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      August 4, 2014

      Hi Jane,

      We would love to help you pick some art for this space! We actually have a design team dedicated to helping customers solve problems in their home, and they would be happy to make some suggestions for your. Go to this page and complete the form (with pictures!), and we’ll have someone from our Design Solutions team create a plan for you!

      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Amanda

    June 30, 2014

    Great post — lots of helpful advice in here! I referenced some of your tips and linked to you on my blog: https://lauralhome.com/blogs/decor/14730897-make-your-art-look-great-in-your-space

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    Tammy M.

    June 13, 2014

    I have a wall in my living room that is about 65 inches wide and is the typical 10 ft. height but with the 8″ crown molding and the 4 inch baseboards it reduces the actual wall height to about 9 feet. I want to put an oversized canvas on that wall…and am looking at either a 38 (w) x 47 (h), or 32 (w) x 40 (h). Is there a “rule of thumb” as to how much wall space should be left around a canvas? I have taped off both sizes onto the wall, but its still hard to tell. I am leaning towards the larger canvas. The end of my sofa comes to that wall and there’s an end table with a lamp between the sofa and the wall. It will be pretty much a focal point of the room. To the right of this wall is a cased opening into the kitchen, to the left of the wall is more open space to the room as this is where the wall turns back. With the larger canvas, it will leave about 13.5 inches on either side of the canvas…with the smaller one, it will leave about 16.5″…the painting is an abstract…not too busy, more minimalist than anything. And nothing else would be on the wall except that painting. Any advice…

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      June 27, 2014

      Hi Tammy,

      We would love to help you select a piece of art for your space. In fact, we have an entire team dedicated to helping customers solve decorating problems in their home. If you go to this page and complete the form, someone from our Design Solutions team can get back to you with a answer to your question!

      Looking forward to helping you with your space,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Blues and Twos

    May 12, 2014

    Hello sir,
    Thank you for your nice posting.I want to hang 4 pictures that are 16×20 each not framed. the frames that i want are about 2-3 inches additional in width all around. I want to hang them between the two cabinets. The wall is 16 feet or so in lenght. the cabinet are 6feet tall and 48 wide. the area i want to put the pictures in is 75 inches. My ceiling height is 8ft. How would you arrange them.
    thanks………………..

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      June 6, 2014

      Thanks for your comment. We would love to give you some guidance in regards to your wall decor. Our design services team actually does just that, so they can create a full plan for you. You’ll need to submit your questions using this form and our team can get working on it. Usually there’s about a week turn around!

      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Alba

    April 16, 2014

    I left a comment yesterday hoping to get an advise but I can’t find it.
    Did you guys read my questions? I really need some help

    • How to Decorate Team
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      How to Decorate Team

      April 16, 2014

      Hi Alba,

      Yes, thank you for your comment. We would love to help you figure out your new apartment and plan artwork and a sofa, etc. Our design services team actually does just that, so they can create a full plan for you. You’ll need to submit your questions using this form as well as some pictures of your space, and our team can get working on it. Usually there’s about a week turn around!

      Hope that helps,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Cuky

    April 15, 2014

    Dear Ballard
    I need some help here
    I just purchase a 900 sq ft apartment in the UWS NYC, need some advise on different rooms.
    The apartment walls are mostly brick walls
    I am an artist, I have dozens of paintings all sizes, types and mediums, what is the best way to cover the walls like gallery style, I have an idea but before I put nails on the walls I would like to know few things. I also need painting studio setup space on the living room as well.
    How high should I hang the pictures, I have very large canvases and very small.
    The living room is 10 feet high, and 10 foot wide, but I have a fire place not in the middle, being kind of hard to decorate. Since is not in the center of the room. I have to put a TV on the wall, I have to chose between 32″ TV or 47″ more or less on the left of the room or high.

    I brought some furniture from my old home which can be placed nicely but I don’t have any sofa yet, don’t know what to get. For now, I want to hang the art works on the brick walls! can you give me some advice? Do you need to see the wall? What type of nails, screws or bolts do I need? And how many paintings can I hung?
    Thank you so much
    Cuky

    • How to Decorate Team
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      How to Decorate Team

      April 16, 2014

      Hi Cuky,

      Thanks for your comment. We would love to give you some guidance in regards to your new apartment. How exciting! Our design services team is always ready to hear your design dilemmas. If you would submit your question through this form, our team will create a full plan for you!

      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Sissie

    October 10, 2013

    I have a very large round mirror. Its a clock w gold roman numerals.it is quite large nd I’m hanging it on drywall w no stud. After reading above I’ve determined I need the toggle bolt. Is this a common item ( that can b found for example at walmart or lowes. Please advise the potentially lowest priced store where it may b purchased too. If it’s not too much trouble, do u know where I may find the large gold hands for it. Like I mentioned, the numbers r roman numerals. It is a simple design so I was thinking, again something simple nd gold. I have exact measurements nd pix so where I go to purchase I can do a quik look to c if it matches. Any ideas as to where I would find large gold clock hands? I plan to purchase the mechanism for the behind nd get it up nd working again. It’s just amazing. I had been thinking a mirror would look great there nd my neighbor was throwing it out. It cost her $300 nd I know I can fix it for fairly low. I’m not about to say this for any sympothy but I m a single disabled mom. I’m on a tight fixed income but would finally make our home to look like home. It makes a family unit feel more comfortable. I would greatly appreciate any help at all. Jusy a side note, my next project takes up the entire wall of 8×10’s of long ago from both sides of my family. In the center is a black frame that’s very large. In the shape of a tree it was cut out nd mirrors r now the tree nd it states ‘Family, One of Life’s Greatest Blessings; which it too has been carved out nd the words r in mirror. I think it will look beautiful. I plan to use black simple frames, some pix r b/w while others will b color. It goes all the way back to my great grandfather nd both sindes of my family have many many kids lol. Any suggestions as to how to decorate, or if maybe all pix should b b/w. Maybe they all shouldn’t b 8×10’s. Please help me with this, I could def need some feed back from fam, which of course. They all want 8×10’s lol. Please help me lol.

    Thnx so very much 🙂
    Sissie

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    Christina

    August 25, 2012

    We have an old rocking chair that we considered hanging on the wall as decoration in our home. Any ideas on how to do it so it will not look funny? Not very creative…. Need some help! Thanks

    • Reply

      Ballard Designs

      August 27, 2012

      We would have to take a look at the rocking chair in order to give you precise instructions, but just make sure that the chair is not sticking out too far. If so, you may want to consider sawing off the back part of the chair.
      The Style Studio Team

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      Beth

      April 8, 2013

      Christina: I am considering the same thing with a very small antique rocker. How did your project turn out?
      Beth

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    Amy

    May 4, 2012

    need decoration wall board

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    Lori

    March 26, 2012

    I want to hang 4 pictures that are 16×20 each not framed. the frames that i want are about 2-3 inches additional in width all around. I want to hang them between the two cabinets. The wall is 16 feet or so in lenght. the cabinet are 6feet tall and 48 wide. the area i want to put the pictures in is 75 inches. My ceiling height is 8ft. How would you arrange them.

    • Reply

      Ballard Designs

      March 26, 2012

      Try hanging them two on top and two underneath creating a square arrangement. That will leave about 16″ on either side of the arrangement.
      The Style Studio Team

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    Mary

    November 20, 2011

    I’m struggling with art for my dining room. The room has a 10′ ceiling. There is judges paneling with a ledge that it 65″ high. The wall I’d like to place art on spans 8′ left to right. I prefer my art hung at eye level, but given the hieght of the paneling any art would be much higher. Art could be leaned against wall resting on the ledge. I would appreciate tips on scale and whether to hang (how high) or lean. Thx!

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    Regina

    October 23, 2011

    Any suggestions for hanging art on a curved wall??

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      Ballard Designs

      October 27, 2011

      Dear Regina: Curved walls are very difficult to hang art work on – however you might want to consider painting the wall an accent color to make it stand out. There are also some canvases called Triptych – which is a set of 3 prints. If you could find one that is thin – meaning each print can hang on the curve without bowing – then it is another solution. Hanging groups of small pieces can also work – say a series of mirrors or plates – which can work very well. There is also a website with wall art decals that you may want to explore. It is called Dezignwithaz. It has many different designs that might work on your curved wall.
      The Style Studio Team

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    Beth

    March 19, 2011

    Thank you SO MUCH for these excellent tips. Your web site just keeps getting better all the time!!!

  67. Reply

    karen marsack

    March 17, 2011

    I just love the looks in your catalog. I have to start from scratch…I have a large home that was built in the 60’s. A ranch with lower ceilings. the rooms are very dark and I want to repaint recarpet. The off white color on there now looks greenish. my old carpet is (was) a nice dark green. Any suggestions on how to light things up. (I have dogs)

    • Reply

      Ballard Designs

      March 21, 2011

      Karen: Perhaps your walls look greenish due to the casting of the dark green carpet onto the wall. In order to lighten up the room, our suggestion is to put hardwood floors in a light maple or bamboo and choose a couple of samples of paint that you like. Paint a large enough square so that you can look at it in both the daytime and nightime to decide what color you are really comfortable with.
      The Style Studio Team

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    Terry Kerney

    March 17, 2011

    My husband and I just finished having a house built after losing our original home in a fire. After 26 years of marriage, I find myself in the daunting task of decorating every room all at once. I’m not doing bad and all of the foundation furniture is in, but accessorizing is giving me migrains especially in the bedrooms. I have a country style home and need some ideas on what to put on the night stands and dressers besides the typical alarm clock and lamp. Please help with any decorating tips!

    • Reply

      Ballard Designs

      March 21, 2011

      Terry: Try looking at some catalogs and magazines for ideas on night stands and dressers. Only by the pieces you love! You will find a wide variety of items – one of our favorites is our Antique Book Bundle tied with strings or maybe our Lighthouse Steps. Just remeber not to overload tabletops. Choose only what you love and you can’t miss!
      The Style Studio Team

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    Sherry

    March 17, 2011

    Dear Ballard, I’m a huge fan of your entire catalogue. After each issue, I want to redecorate. My dilema is that have huge windows and very little walls, My walls are coffee( light brown)in living room, kitchen and dining and I love reds greens browns, cinnamon and black too. I am buying a chocolate sofa. I want to use pops of color with pillows and accents. I also love the french country roosters. How is the best way to blend with living room with out having too many rooster prints. I want my house to feel warm and welcome but not tacky.Help

    • Reply

      Ballard Designs

      March 21, 2011

      Sherry: Try to choose only the accessories that you love. If you are planning on a collection of roosters, try to keep them together rather than scattered throughout. Don’t think in terms of just prints, look for a fabric with small scale roosters, or a figurine rooster – maybe in Majolica. Keep things interesting and varied and you will create a wonderful Country French environment.
      The Style Studio Team

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    Judy Meyers

    March 16, 2011

    Thanks, great information!

  71. Reply

    Pamela Michell

    March 15, 2011

    Thank you… this was very helpful.

  72. Reply

    Sharon Collins

    March 15, 2011

    Thank you for providing this information. I find it useful.

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    Ballard Designs

    March 14, 2011

    Dear Angela: The Lavello Mirror is 34 1/2″ diagonally. That would leave you a little less than 5″ on either side. You could try to hang it either way, and see which way it looks the best.
    The Style Studio Team

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    Angela Martin

    March 12, 2011

    I am interested in your Lavallo mirrror in black for over my tradional fireplace mantle that has 2 sconces over it that are 44″ apart. Will that mirror work and,if so, should I hang it squarely or diamomd shaped? I do no know the diagonal measurement of it. Thanks, Angela

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    Ballard Designs

    January 7, 2011

    Dear Mia: The Headboard sounds great! If you LOVE the artwork – then hang it. It really doesn’t matter if there is something under it. When we give suggestions, we try to keep them as “mainstream” as possible – meaning that for most people having an anchor under a piece of wall art is the best solution. However, there are no hard-fast rules for hanging artwork – just guidelines. So don’t be afraid to hang your print – the most crucial thing is to not hang it too high. The center of the painting should be about 5’5″ from the floor – give or take a few inches. We do think that balancing the artwork with a mirror across will look just great! So go ahead and hang the print, so you can enjoy it every day.
    Sincerely,
    The Style Studio Team

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    Mia

    January 7, 2011

    I am making an upholstered headboard, which will require me to move a large piece from over the bed to accommodate the headboard. Problem is, I LOVE the art and want to keep it in the room because it ties in the fabrics/colors, but I will no longer have an anchor piece of furniture to put underneath it because there is not enough room below the new place to hang it. Is hanging a mirror that is a similar size as the artwork on the opposite wall sufficient to balance it out or is hanging these two items without an anchor piece a “no-no”?

  77. Reply

    Kathryn Shedd

    April 18, 2010

    Thank you for the picture help. I do want to point out that the rule to have art smaller than the anchor piece of furniture is not always required. I positioned a larger antique map over a mahogany chest in my living room; it helps reduce the importance of the chest and allows me to position a chair nearby without it looking too crowded. In fact in your April 2010 catalog, I see many examples of the same. For example, page 14 shows a lovely grouping wider than the desk. Pages 16-17 is also very interesting: the first two pictures have wider art while the last picture has art smaller than the chest. I think the first two have a more contemporary look. In the last picture, the chest takes over the importance since the art is smaller – this looks more traditional. Just a thought. Sincerely, KS

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    Ballard Designs

    March 16, 2010

    Dear Kim: Please send your Design Dilemma to style@ballarddesigns.net and include as much information (drawings, pictures, etc.) so that we can give you some suggestions.
    Sincerely,
    The Style Studio Team

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    Ballard Designs

    March 16, 2010

    Anne: We think you are referring to the Paysage De Coquelicots Triptych Giclee. A triptych is a painting divided into three seperate prints. Our suggestion is to hang them no more than 4″ apart. This will give you the continuity of the prints and make them look as one.
    Sincerely,
    The Style Studio Team

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    Anne

    March 15, 2010

    I recently purchased the Poppies giclee set of 3 prints. There were hanging suggestions on the website but I can’t find them any longer. Can you suggest how far apart these prints should be hung to look their best?

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    Kim Haas

    March 10, 2010

    I’ve just received your catalog and WOW, I have marked several pages of great ideas and fabulous pieces. I have a large entry way and would like to send a picture and get some advice as to whether to go with a small console and bench or your 30″ round table with tablecloth. How can I send in my design dilemma for your expert advice?
    Thanks, Kim

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    Lisa

    February 20, 2010

    Thank you for all this great advice! I found your website last night and have spent the last 4 hours exploring. I am addicted!

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    stacey

    February 3, 2010

    we just finished knockind down walls and redoing the kitchen. Ihave a chocolate sofa and want to get one or two chairs maybe animal print the walls are a mushroom color and I have a BIG television in thr living area. I tiled the floors a dark brown stone tile not sure what colors to use in this room. I like greens and blues. please help

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      Ballard Designs

      February 3, 2010

      Dear Stacey: Sounds like you are in the midst of a total renovation! So far, we love what you are doing. We think you are right on track with the neutrals that you have chosen as the anchor pieces. Of course we love the animal print idea. Have you looked at our Zebra Natural Woven fabric? Think you would love it! As far as accessories, accents of mossy greens and spa blues are in keeping with the natural elements of the room. In order to pull it all together, you might consider an area rug – something like our Seville Rug (RT108) which has a subtle suggestion of the colors you are using. Please send us pictures of your finished project. We love your ideas. And let us know if we can be of any further help.
      The Style Studio

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    Patricia Medvecky

    January 25, 2010

    Hello: I found this information very helpful. Some tips I already know. However, I will pass this information on to a friend who is in need of help on this subject,

    Thank you for providing this assistance to customers.

    pat

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    Sheila Bumsted

    January 18, 2010

    Greetings! I am a huge fan of Ballard Designs and so was delighted when my husband purchased a piece of artwork from you, for me for Christmas. Though I am now having a decorating delimma as a result! The piece is your Foliage by Night Handpainted Canvas. As you are probably aware this is a very substantial piece measuring 48″ by 72″. I have a wall that I believe can handle such a large painting, I am however struggling with what type of furniture could be placed below it, or if it is possible to hang it on it’s own, alone on the wall? The painting must be hung lengthwise on my wall so it will span an entire 72″ wide. Any input? Thank you so much!

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      Ballard Designs

      January 27, 2010

      Sheila: What a great gift! We just love the look of Foliage By Night! We do think it can stand alone as it certainly makes a statement, but if you feel that you need something under it our Anada Serving Table which is 81 1/2″ wide but only 12″ deep will fill the bill. If possible, you can place your sofa under the print too. We would recommend that you hang the print first and see how you like it alone – if not try our suggestions.
      The Style Studio Team

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    BEVERLY NATIONS

    January 15, 2010

    I HAVE A LOVELY BACKPORCH- NOT SCREENED IN- AND I NEED ADVICE CONCERNING HOW TO DECORATE IT. I HAVE SEEN MANY PORCHES DECORATED WITH WHAT APPEARED TO BE INDOOR FURNITURE, INCLUDING PRETTY RUGS, LAMPS, ETC. RIGHT NOW I HAVE JUST A WROUGHT IRON TABLE AND ALSO ROCKING CHAIRS. THE “LOOK” SEEMS SO BORING. DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR TAKING THE “INDOORS” OUT? THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR REPLY. I AM GLAD YOU ARE OFFERING THIS SERVICE. I LOVE BALLARD DESIGNS!

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      Ballard Designs

      January 27, 2010

      Beverly: Are you in luck! We have a fabulous array of indoor/outdoor rugs. They can withstand the outdoors and clean with mild soap and the hose. If you start with the rug and perhaps add our Amalfi Loveseat coupled with your rockers, add some outdoor pillows in a coordinating print. Place your table in front of the loveseat and the rockers squared on either side of the loveseat for a cozy conversation area. If you really want to go all out – hang a few of our outside drapes and an outdoor painting to finish the look.
      The Style Studio Team

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    Barbara

    December 27, 2009

    I purchased Cindy Crawford’s cardinal red sofa, three seating pillows and love it. I’ve found end tables; black legs, round beveled glass top and round metallic goldish/copperish circle under glass. Very nice. I don’t know where to go from here. The living room is seldom used, but, upon entering our home, it is immediatley to the left of the entryway. We are looking to make it modern/classy, I think. Can you please help? Thank You!

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      Ballard Designs

      January 27, 2010

      Barbara: You have a really great start with your furniture selection. Try adding one of our indoor/outdoor animal print border rugs in front of the sofa. Lighting is very important so some fabulous lamps should be added. Lastly, try hanging our Birch Grove Print on the wall and some animal print pillows for a polished look.
      The Style Studio Team

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