Decorating Rules: Hanging Art

Hanging art seems to be one of the toughest things for homeowners to do; usually hung too high and not within the proper scale/proportion. Here are a few of my ‘Hanging Art 101’ basics:

1/ Hanging art over a piece of large piece of furniture such as a couch, credenza or headboard:

The bottom of the art should be 6-12 inches above the top of the furniture. If you have extra- tall ceilings in the room, go closer to the 12 inches… if lower ceilings, hang 6-10 inches. You want the art to be visually related to the furnishings and by hanging too high, it will look disconnected from the furniture; as if its floating away. Here’s a picture that show the right height of about 6-12 inches away from the furniture.

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2/ Hanging art on an empty wall such as a hallway, or any wall that does not have an anchor piece of furniture below: 

Everyone thinks that when standing to view a piece of art, the middle of the art should be…. at eye level. I always ask: WHO’s eye level? Rule of thumb is that the middle of the art (whether it be one larger piece or a collage/grouping) should be 66-70 inchess from the floor. Note: you do not hang artwork in relationship to the ceiling height but to the floor it hangs above.hanging

3/ Hanging artwork on a stairwell wall:

This one is super-simple. Simle measure 70″ up from each stair, then mark the angled line with a piece of low-tack green painter’s tape. That will be the measurement to the middle of your art. Not only will you have found the perfect height, you will also have measured the perfect angle (or pitch) of your stairs (modern stairs tend to have a lower pitch and traditional ones tend to have a higher steep). Of course you can add art above/below that centre line, but always keep the middel of your grouping around the 70″ middle mark.

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Design Tips:

Proportion: Remember that 2/3 is always a good proportion in design. For instance, if hanging art over a large piece of furniture, make sure it fills about 2/3 the width of the sofa, headboard or credenza. Anything larger might end up looking too top-heavy; anything smaller could look insignificant.

How high: The lower you hang artwork, the higher ceilings will appear. By lowering the existing hanging nail by just one inch you will allow the room’s ceiling to visually appear taller! This is a great trick to use in lower-levels of homes or, if selling your home and you want to give the illusion of tall ceilings (which everyone seems to want these days).

Mixing art: DIsplaying different mediums of art (oil, watercolour, b/w photography) in the same room? Try framing all the art in similar (not exact) colour/tone of frames. This will tie all the art together within the room; making it appear more like a collection. If all the art being displayed in one room is the same medium then I like to frame each piece with a different style of frame; its then the medium of art that holds the collection together not the framing.

Grouping: How to create a collage of photos/art: Start with the biggest (or visually heaviest) piece in the centre and graduate to the smallest on the outer edges. Measure 70″ off the floor and that is your center starting line for hanging the collection.

Mantels: If hanging art over a fireplace mantel: Hang only 4-6 inches above the mantel. Hung too high will visually divide the art from the mantel.

Happy hanging! If you learned one new thing then please press the LIKE button! Be sure to check back soon for more design lessons- please visit often! KL

The Crown, The Queen: A Long-Reigning, Royal Subject.

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I just finished watching Netflix’s series, The Crown. It gave me the same warm-fuzzies as Downton Abbey did. Here’s a post about the Queen from last year, enjoy! KL

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Queen Elizabeth, taken at Buckingham Palace in July 2015. photo by Mary McCartney

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015: Queen Elizabeth II has now suceeded her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria as the longest-reigning queen in Britain’s modern history. Her 63 years and 7 months as queen has dealt with much of the 20th century issues; wars, automobiles, air travel, technology… many things that most of us simply take for granted.

In celebration, here are a few of my mixed-medium Queen art pieces I have done over the past 5 years. Many have their own story. Enjoy!

My first multi-media Queen Art piece ‘It’s All Mine Now, 53’ was created by photographing an original portrait, printing, painting, digitally enhancing and then printing onto canvas. This piece was a big success as it was commissioned to be printed limited-edition for Crate & Barrel’s CB2 stores in North America. It sold out within a month, yet I have never seen a reproduction anywhere! If you ever see one PLEASE let me know!

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Home furnishings retailer CB2 enlarged the art and produced it on canvas that was 4′ by 5′ in size- you need a BIG wall to display something like this! Here’s a prototype sitting in front of my sofa at home:

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My most beloved queen art is a one-off called Queen Ghost. Its the queen printed on stainless steel and framed in a traditional gold-ball framing. She’s ghostly at night when her skin reflects the light! I could not wait to hang her in my unfinished foyer-entrance at the townhouse (I guess its time I remove some painter’s green tape, huh?).

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I made this special version for a dear friend called Queen-Eh?. Its homage to everything Canadian; from The Hudson Bay, the moose and of course; our queen. Photo is a bit rough, but you get the idea!

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Here’s one version I made for my Mom called Queen Mom. It was a Mother’s Day gift. Mom thinks I made the Queen look ‘far too haggared’…

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This one was done as special wedding gift called Queen-Quotes. It was meant to repeat a famous quote from the Queen and be slightly late 80’s punk in style.

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Heres a painting that I did to represent both Queen Elizabeth and Marilyn Monroe called Queen Blonde. Did you know that each was born in the same year (1926) and in 1952 Marilyn wore the most expensive collection of diamonds while shooting Gentlemen Prefer Blondes & in the same year Elizabeth wore Europe’s most-expensive collection of diamonds for her corronation… ?

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This Queen Red painting was commissioned for another friend’s wedding. It is also being reproduced and wholesaled to retailers by Celadon Art. The reprouctions are being sold throughout North America at stores like Elte Carpets in Toronto, Canada.

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On display at the Elte MKT, Toronto.

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A second colour version called Queen Teal is also on the market! This one was commisioned for a good friend of mine and is also being reproduced by Celadon Art and sold to retailers.
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A reproduction Queen Teal was sent to NYC last spring for auction on CelebrityBuzz.com. It was autographed by award-winning actress Dame Helen Merrin who was playing the leading role of the queen in The Audience on Broadway.

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Here was the CelebrityBuzz.com listing… believe it or not, the signed art was purchased from someone in Canada… that painting clocked about 2000 miles to finally get to its righful owner! :)

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Reproductions of the Queen Teal are available for sale at Black Rooster Decor in Toronto.

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To find a retailer who sells the Queen Red or Queen Teal, contact Celadon Art. Thanks for reading and have a royally-artful week! Long live the Queen! KL

My 20 Tips for Hanging Art

For all of you who’ve experienced a picture hung too high or too low – or looking insignificant on a wall – check out my top 20 designer rules for hanging artwork at home as featured in “Design Centre”, my weekly column in Metro News: My 20 Tips for Hanging Art

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