A Guide to Framing and Hanging Wall Art

Decorating your walls with art is one of the most impactful ways to inject personality and style into your space. Whether you're a seasoned art collector or just starting to build your collection, knowing how to properly frame and hang your artwork can make all the difference in showcasing it effectively. In this guide, we'll explore the steps to framing and hanging wall art to ensure your pieces shine.

1. Selecting the Right Frames:

Choosing the right frame can enhance the visual appeal of your artwork while also protecting it from damage. Consider these factors when selecting frames:

  •  Material and Style: Frames come in various materials such as wood, metal, and plastic, each with its own aesthetic appeal. Match the frame style to the artwork and the overall decor of the room.  Read our blog post
    Vintage art in an ornate frame
    about choosing the right frame for your art. 
  • Mounting: Mounting (or matting in the US) provides space between the artwork and the glass, preventing any moisture buildup. Opt for acid-free mats to protect your art from discoloration over time.
  • Size: The frame size should complement the dimensions of the artwork without overwhelming it. A general rule of thumb is to leave a margin of 2-3 inches between the artwork and the frame.

2. Protecting Your Artwork:

Once you've chosen the perfect frames, take steps to protect your artwork from damage:

  • UV Protection: All of our prints at Attica Press are archival quality which means that they should last for generations without fading.  You can also further protect your artwork using UV-protective glass or acrylic to shield your pieces from harmful sunlight. 
  • Backing and Sealing: Ensure that the back of the frame is sealed properly to prevent dust and pests from getting inside. Use acid-free backing boards to provide additional support and protection.

3. Hanging Your Artwork:

Properly hanging your artwork is essential for creating an attractive and balanced display. Follow these steps for a professional-looking arrangement:

How to hang art on a wall
  • Placement: Consider the height at which you'll hang your artwork. In general, eye level (approximately 57-60 inches from the floor) is ideal for most pieces, but feel free to adjust based on the size of the artwork and the furniture below.
  • Arrangement: Experiment with different arrangements before committing to a layout. You can use paper cutouts to simulate the size and shape of your artwork and rearrange them until you find the perfect arrangement.
  • Spacing: Leave enough space between each piece of artwork to allow them to breathe. Aim for 2-3 inches of space between frames for a cohesive look.
  • Tools: Invest in quality hanging hardware such as picture hooks, nails, or wall anchors, depending on the weight of your artwork and the type of wall surface.

4. Maintenance:

Once your artwork is beautifully displayed, it's essential to maintain it to ensure its longevity:

  • Cleaning: Dust your artwork regularly using a soft brush or microfiber cloth to prevent buildup. Avoid using harsh chemicals or cleaning solutions that could damage the artwork or frame.
  • Rotation: Rotate your artwork periodically to prevent overexposure to sunlight and to give your space a fresh look.

Seeking professional guidance, such as art consultation or custom framing, can further enhance your framing experience. Ultimately, choosing the right frame is an art form that reflects your style and vision, allowing your artwork to shine in its perfectly curated frame.  By following these steps, you can frame and hang your wall art like a pro, transforming your space into a gallery-worthy showcase of your personal style and creativity. So go ahead, unleash your inner curator, and let your walls tell your story in style!