Test it out
A great way to test an arrangement before hanging is to lay everything out on a table or on the floor. Move the pieces around until you have a combination that you like. Even better is tracing each piece onto paper cutting out the templates and using painter’s tape to affix to the wall. Move your templates around until you are satisfied with how your wall looks. Frames should be placed close together to appear as a cohesive whole. We love the ArtLab Gallery (picture above) by Norsu Interiors.
Have fun with it
Hanging your artworks in a cluster can create a new single piece of art. But just as you move furniture around to establish a new look, remember that you can change your artworks around at any time, it’s not a permanent exhibition. Know that some putty and paint is all that’s between you and a brand new gallery-style arrangement down the line. Do your research – visit galleries you love (even online) to get inspiration.
While there’s no need for all your frames to match, it’s a good idea to harmonise the colour of your artwork with objects around the room, such as your couch, lamp or cushions. It makes the composition more pleasing to the eye. Remember though, a great piece of art outlasts this season's paint and couch colour and is good for what it is, not because it matches the soft furnishings.
Balance it out
When you hang multiple pieces in a group, visual balance is very important. While they don’t need to be hung in a perfect grid, it's important for balance to be evident across the wall. Most galleries hang their works so that the centre of the piece is at eye level, so work out from there. In a small space, larger and fewer artworks tend to make the area appear larger than hanging multiple small artworks.
Use the right tools
Don't let the excitement of hanging something up get in the way of thinking through what kind of hanging tools and hardware your art pieces need to go up securely. Use a laser level and masking tape and mark with a pencil where the fixings should go as well as the required distance between frames. Always allow for the drop of the frame due to its weight. You can use adhesive picture hanging strips for smaller lighter frames.