I promise this is the last post before the big reveal!! Her room is almost done, and I couldn’t be more excited! Only one thing left: hanging the pictures. I thought today I would give you some of my tips for hanging pictures.
Before I hang a thing, I get all my pictures together. Every picture or anything I might hang. I know this seems pretty logical, but it is worth mentioning, because I think it is a very important step. Having every single item that you want hung alllows you to really make the best use of your wall space.
Next, lay out your plan. I lay my pictures/art out on the floor before hanging. For a single picture I walk it around the room holding it up to where I think it could/should go.
Once I know where I want to hang my picures I use one of 2 methods to hang them. These are easy methods, that don’t involve a measuring tape and a level. Or my husband.
My favorite method: Toothpaste. Put toothpaste on the hook/hanger/indentation/wire (whatever is used to hang the picture) and then carfeully press the picture against the wall where I want it to go. This leaves a toothpaste mark on the wall, exactly where the nail should be. This method works great for small groupings, and single pictures. (Wipe off the toothpaste after you put in the nail. Hehe)
For larger gallery walls, I have started tracing all my frames with freezer paper, cutting out the freezer paper, and taping the freezer paper to the wall. This is obviously more time consuming, but works great for perfect placement of your pictures.
A few more tips-
Don’t hang things too high! Huge pet peeve of mine. Eye level folks! And, if you are 6’7″, might I suggest using someone else’s “eye level.”
Command hooks/strips are your friend. We live in a rental, I don’t want to put too many holes in the walls, but I want to still make my house my own. I hang a lot of things with command hooks to avoid this problem.
Thrift stores, yardsales, Grandma’s house, TJ Maxx and Hobby Lobby are great places to look for inexpensive frames. And never under estimate the power of a little spray paint.
I love an eclectic mix mix of frames. They don’t all have to match! Get creative.
Look for Livvy’s big room reveal next week! I can’t wait to share!!