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7 tips for artfully hanging your picture

Do you normally take time to think about how you are hanging your pictures? This is often a missed opportunity for many people to artfully organise their wall to make it more interesting. Deliberately arranging your photos turns them into a single unit and also grabs people’s attention. But beware of creating chaos; otherwise you achieve the opposite effect! We are going to present seven popular ways to hang photos which will bring your images into the spotlight.

A Hermitage Wall: the Petersburg Hanging

St. Petersburg is well-known for its Hermitage, the former residence of the Russian royal family. Nowadays the Hermitage is one of the world’s most important art museums and houses 60,000 exhibits of classical European art. Rembrandt and Rubens rub shoulders with Matisse and Gauguin, while da Vinci and Picasso jostle for attention. The paintings are hung closely together in 350 rooms, sometimes all the way up to the ceiling. In the 1800s, Russian nobility became inspired by the Hermitage and began to show their own wealth in the form of galleries adorning the walls of their homes.  This resulted in the first technique we would like to present to you, namely the Petersburg Hanging.

Although the Petersburg Hanging may look chaotic, it follows specific rules

Although the Petersburg Hanging may look chaotic, it follows specific rules

Ordered chaos is key: despite the fact there is no visual axis and the paintings are hung loosely above, beneath and next to each other, there are connecting elements that bring together the individual pictures into one harmonious whole. Make sure that you create links between the images.  For example, choose similar colours and motifs, measure out the same spacing between the pictures and ensure they have the same frame or mat. Even if you are not a very meticulous person, a well-thought out upper and lower line can offer you guidance and brings calmness into the gallery. A picture collection arranged with the Petersburg Hanging looks especially beautiful on walls painted white or with a neutral colour.

Stay in Frame: Inside the Lines

The Inside the Lines Hanging is a more relaxed hanging, but yet is still harmonious. The secret lies in an imaginary geometric shape, along which you hang your photos.  What shape do you like best? A rectangle, and oval or maybe a parallelogram? Simply hang your pictures along the inside of your favourite shape. If you find it hard to stay within your shape, you can set up a rectangle with the help of tightly stretched cords. This will give you a framework within you can work.

Imagine a geometric shape on the wall and hang your pictures within it

Imagine a geometric shape on the wall and hang your pictures within it

In contrast to the Petersburg Hanging, with this style you don’t need to worry about any connecting elements.  All different kinds of designs, colours, styles and frames meet without interfering with one another. Start with the largest picture and group the smaller ones around it, and you’ll have a unique and refined image gallery!

On Edge: the Line Hanging

In comparison to the Petersburg Hanging and Inside the Lines, the Line Hanging is much more geometrical and orderly. A centre line is the defining element that ensures clarity. Create a centre line with the help of a cord or artist tape and hang your favourite photos above and below this line.  Pay attention to the spacing: it needs to be equal, although it can vary horizontally and vertically.

Mark a centre line and hang your pictures along it

Mark a centre line and hang your pictures along it

A gallery of pictures suspended along a line is especially breath-taking if there are also further connecting elements.  What about a gallery in black and white? Maybe you could choose frames in the same colour? You can vary the sizes of the images so that your collection doesn’t seem overly ordered.  The Line Hanging is one of the more traditional forms of hanging and is suitable for rooms with low ceilings.

In Rank and File: the Series Hanging

Everything in one row? Why not! Hanging pictures in a series does not need to be boring as long as you choose meaningful subjects. Quite the opposite: the pictures look even better through this subtle hanging. Series Hanging works both horizontally and vertically. Simply set yourself a line and align the pictures above, below or along it.  Make sure that the distances between the images is exactly the same; about 5cm is ideal.

All pictures with the same spacing in a single row - discreet and effective

All pictures with the same spacing in a single row - discreet and effective

This hanging lends an especially harmonious effect to your images if you choose frames in the same shape, colour and size, although this is not a must.  You can let your creativity run free and really go wild - the imaginary line ensures the end effect comes together!

Birds of a Feather Flock Together: the Grid Hanging

Do like order and prefer clean lines? Then the strictly geometric Grid Hanging is the right style for you. The clue is in the name: pictures of the same size are hung horizontally and vertically on the wall. To achieve the grid effect, make sure that the distances between the individual images are all the same

Pictures of the same size equidistant in a clean grid - a real eye catcher!

Pictures of the same size equidistant in a clean grid - a real eye catcher!

We recommend choosing images that have several connecting elements to best show off the cool grid look.  Black and white is always a classic, but you can also choose colour photos that all contain the same basic tones. It’s best to use motifs that are similar, as well as ones which have the same frame. To create a perfect grid, choose pictures in 1:1 format (as an example) and arrange them into a square.

Think Big: Go Solo

Your favourite photo, one which is not only stunning but also evokes positive emotions, can have a place of honour on your wall by hanging it solo. This lets it exert its full effect without any other designs detracting from it.

Sometime just a single image is enough - if it is big enough

Sometime just a single image is enough - if it is big enough

In our shop you can have your pictures turned into high-quality canvas prints. The choice is yours, from a traditional 150x100cm or as a panoramic image in 120x60cm. Your large solo piece does not have to be in a big room with a high ceiling. Solo pieces look great in small rooms and even in corners!

Three in One: the Mini-Series

Do you want to express a single, meaningful image? Then a mini-series is the right choice. An exciting landscape or an architectural image looks great displayed as a mini-series. A mini-series is a large image that consists of several elements. Triptychs are very popular, and are made up of three parts. You can also choose a two, four or five part series.

A mini-series lets you create a fascinating gallery from a single photograph

A mini-series lets you create a fascinating gallery from a single photograph

You hang the individual elements in a series along a line. These elements can differ in size.  For example, in a triptych you can make the middle element wider to make it stand out more. Make sure that you keep the distances between the individual parts short.

Once you’ve decided on your hanging style, you should lay all the pictures out first on the floor and try out which arrangement you like the best before drilling any holes into your wall. Water scales and artist tape will help you make sure everything is at the right level. And if you need nice frames for your gallery, then you can order your framed pictures directly from us!

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