Hanging Pictures And Mirrors
Where to begin when hanging mirrors and pictures? Where the picture or mirror is placed can make a difference in the focal point of the rooms. Learn how!
Choosing a picture to hang in your home is of course up to your individual taste. Selecting just the right place to hang your prize is another story. Where the picture or mirror is placed can make a difference in the focal point of the rooms
The size of your furniture should be considered when hanging a picture or mirror above, it should not be bigger than the component or grouping below it. Needless to say a small picture should not be hung all by itself on a large wall.
Height of the picture or mirror is conditional to the area, if in the dining room or living room where people are seated, then it should be hung at eye level. The eye will be drawn to the focus of interest in the picture. In hallways and entranceways consider the fact that the person will be standing, and eye level will change.
A small room can be made to appear larger if pictures are hung approximately 3-5 inches lower than the average eye level. It would be a good idea in this instance to move the furniture away from the wall. This tricks the eye into believing it is more nearly eye level and is in balance.
Pictures often look well in a cluster formation. You can use various sizes and designs or groupings that are similar in size. To make a room seem higher, use vertical arrangements and use horizontal to make an area seem wider.
If you have a large open wall area, you can use paper patterns cut to the same size as the pictures you plan to hang. Hang the templates in various positions on the wall attaching them with scotch tape or tacky putty. Mark the picture positions lightly with pencil, which can be easily washed off later.
The same prevailing color in a set of pictures can work together well, also having the same mats and frames create a compatible pattern on a wall.
Paintings displayed on an easel can be very charming, and clever, use them in a corner and it will look like a classic!
Mirrors make a room seem wider and spaces seem higher, they make lighting appear more intense, and reflective light compliments interiors. They will hide wall defects. A person of average height should look squarely into a mirror. If it is placed over a mantel or used for decorative value only then it is not important to consider the height. The entire wall can be mirrored; this looks especially pretty in a dining room with a table directly against the wall. The table looks much longer. Mirror an outside window simply place a mirror directly opposite the window and it looks as if you have another window in the room bringing in the glorious outdoors!
To remove dirt and scum from mirrors us a liquid glass cleaner. If the mirror is badly soiled us a mixture of 2-½ tablespoons vinegar, to 1-quart water.
The rear or edges of the mirror should be protected from cleaning solutions. They may discolor the reflective backing. If a spot is worn on the back, tape a bit of aluminum foil to the rear, this works well to hide the deteriorated area.
Hanging pictures and mirrors.
When hanging a mirror or picture notice on the back of the package the maximum weight each hook will hold. Find out the weight of your item to be hung. For less than five pounds you can simply nail on a sawtooth hanger. For more than 5 pounds attach two screw eyes one on either side of the frame and purchase picture wire. For an extra heavy picture or mirror use two picture hooks and two screw eyes. Be sure to nail the hooks into studs to hold it securely.
The screw eyes should be placed one-third way down from top of the frame. The wire should be cut 10 inches longer than the frame’s width. Place the wire through the eye and pull through about 5 inches then slip through again. Twist the short end tightly around the main wire. Complete on both sides.
Pull the wire tight to the center of the frame. You may then measure the highest point of the tight wire to the frame top. Hold the frame where you intend to position it on the wall. Using a pencil mark the center-point of the frame’s top from that point measure down where the hook will meet the wire and mark the spot. This is where the hook will be placed.