How to arrange the paintings on the walls of the house: rules and exceptions

The choice of subject is an expression of personal taste, but arrange the paintings on the walls of the house instead it follows some basic rules that are not lost sight of. Even the favorite among our works or prints can be out of tune if hung in the wrong context.

For example, the height at which to place a painting is very important: the rule says 1.6 meters, that is, at an average height of the eye. An advice that still meets common sense (it is difficult to think of hanging a frame near the ceiling), but which still has its exceptions: if a painting is designed to be viewed sitting on the sofa it will be at a different height. There are also many examples where they are lean against the wall or on a piece of furniture instead of sticking to a nail.

In the end, in any case, the rules of furniture also apply to paintings: the important thing is thefinal balance. So it will be important to evaluate the relationship with the architectural elements and furnishings. If we prefer to place a frame in one lateral position, it will be right to think of a piece of furniture that balances the weight on the wall. Or, find a position by looking through the doors and corridors, elements that accompany the gaze.

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Which living room walls are good for paintings

The living area is an environment lived both in moments of sociality and in the most intimate ones, where you like to have both personal and artistic images. But its walls are often filled with furnishings such as libraries e beliefs and yes television around which frames rarely fit. It is therefore necessary to look at the available spaces and work on the formats.

However, there is no lack of classic positions for this room as well. First the one above a sofa which has special rules addressed later. If the dining area is also included in the living room, the wall closest to the table is ideal for hang pictures because any other furniture would restrict the space available.

But it’s not just the walls that are the spaces to look at: console, madie and similar furnishings, can be used as a support base for frames, taking advantage of an arrangement without wall supports that can be changed with agility over time. In general it is always interesting to put a piece of furniture in dialogue with a painting, even hanging on the wall, perhaps behind a small table, to form a balanced composition.

Photo by Laura Fantacuzzi and Maxime Galati Fourcade

Photo by Laura Fantacuzzi and Maxime Galati Fourcade

Paintings for the wall above the sofa

The space above a sofa leaning against a wall is generally the largest available in a home, the choice for this position is a sort of declaration of the hosts. The occupied surface must remain within the limits of the sofa, centered and must not be too small, must cover at least two thirds of the session: better to leave the wall empty instead.

For these reasons it is the most suitable point for large format frames. A valid alternative to the large format can be the diptych, especially if we have vertical format images that alone wouldn’t even cover half the space. The compositions, on the other hand, are indicated only in small cases two-seater sofas.

Photo Andrea Ferrari

Photo Andrea Ferrari

The compositions of paintings on the walls

The very popular alternative to the single frame (or diptych) is the composition more frames on one wall, an excellent solution if we have to find a place for small format images and works. The practicable ways are basically two: or according to one precise grid where we find the same perfectly aligned formats, or the free arrangement, with a layout that is only apparently casual.

In fact, there is a rule to follow in this case too: the images must be arranged inside one imaginary geometric shape. It can be a rectangle, a square, but also a circle or an oval. And in designing the layout you have to start with the larger elements and follow the smaller ones. Absolute freedom on the style of the frames, which can also be combined with canvas prints.

Leny Guetta's photo

Leny Guetta’s photo

The paintings on the walls in the bedroom

There is a place that more than any other is suitable for paintings in the bedroom: above the headboard.Not only is it a generally empty wall (unless there is a bridge structure), but also a position on which the gaze is focused, whether large or small.

The most important rule to follow is the proportion with the size of the bed: both in the case of one unique frame, both in the case of a composition of frames, the width of the occupied surface must not be too small (at least i two thirds of the bed), nor too wide, i.e. never beyond the limits, preferably within four fifths.

Obviously, nothing prevents you from finding other places on the walls available, to be decorated as in any other environment. Another interesting point can be above the bedside tables where they find an ideal location small frames.


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