Thursday, March 18, 2010

Eyeballing Your Art Groupings


Designer~Jennifer Mitchell


Are you confused when it comes to art and picture groupings? Do you ask yourself questions like...


  • What nails do I use or am I suppose to use a hook?
  • Are there easy rules to hanging the perfect grouping?
  • How high or low should I go?
First off, there are no REAL rules when it comes to grouping...It is a matter of taste...BUT there are some great ways to get the style you are shooting for...


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Meme's Eyeballing Tips~ ;)

I like to work with my nose...No, I don't hammer nails with it...Though I do use my butter knives and high heels from time to time...Mr. Screaming Meme has a way to making his tools magically disappear ;)...So, I use the first sturdy thing I can get my grubby little hands on...Sometimes, I'm just too lazy to go to the garage...Keeping it real...;)

I use my button nose when I am hanging my art or junk some may call it... ( I'm an average height~about 5'9", if you are the world's tallest person or the world's shortest person you will have to eyeball what most people would see...) So, let's say we are shooting for around 5 feet or so...Sometimes this rule will not work...like when you are working with tall ceilings...You will have to consider each space as they come...This is just a basic and general rule, like anything in life, it can be tinkered around with...



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Screaming Meme's Grouping Tips~

Rule of thumb {why do rules have thumbs anyway? hmmm?} start with your largest piece in the middle, getting smaller as you move outward...


  1. Start with your largest piece and place it in the center of the area you are working on.

  2. In a circular motion, working your way to the smallest pieces to create a rectanglar or square shape...You don't have to stay in the lines, but you are working around an imaginary rectangle or squared shape...It is fun to work with different elements...so get creative!
  3. Use newspaper to try out the grouping on the wall...Trace and cut the shapes you are working with...Pin or tape them to the wall...
TIP~{Not just for art groupings...Use this trick with all your decorating}... Use your camera to get each look you try out...It will make it easier for you to recreate the one you choose.



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Ideas for hanging your art~

  • For a symmetrical art/picture grouping with all similar in size and shaped items...You want to mirror them to each other...Just try and create a twin on the other side...

  • Try hanging your art hortizontally like in an entry or over a sofa or mantel...hang in odd numbers...It gives a balanced and complete look.
  • When you have art in even numbered art/pictures, try hanging them in a square or rectangle to give a professional look. This look works great when you are working on a large wall, like vaulted or high ceilings. Be sure to tightly group these items, it creates ONE BIG statement, rather than a random one.


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  • For an eclectic grouping, think about a asymmetrical grouping...

  • When working with assymetrical groups with two of the same size...Try staggering them by lowering one and raisng the other...So that they don't mix up completely...

  • The higher the ceiling the closer and tighter the grouping should be...

There are so many ways to hang art...You can use these tips to help guide you...BUT have fun with it and make the arrange work for you...You are the one who is going to enjoy it the most...


XoXo, Screaming Meme {Eyeballing, Knife Throwing and High Heel Hammer Expert ;) }










19 comments:

mommaof4wife2r said...

good work girl...and good job on telling people to not start at the ceiling!! i hate that!!!

Orange it Lovely said...

GREAT post. Especially since I am collection frames to group my family pics and my daughters artwork! together!
~Tana

Lou Cinda said...

Butter knife is my FAVORITE tool of all time. It can hammer, screw nails in and out AND pry things open! Makes my husband NUTS when he sees me with one!

Biggest pet peeve? People who hang their picture too high!! Eye level people, eye level!!

Great tips!

Lou Cinda :)

LaShaune said...

1 dumb question...if grouping items, should the frames be in similar colors?

Love the Decor! said...

wonderful tips
I am laughing about the "use what ever is around" comment as I am looking at a dented can of canned Chicken that was "my hammer" of choice just a few minutes ago : )

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Great post girl and so many fun tips...Thanks for sharing all of these...Now I just added you to my follow list so I can come back ha ha!! Hope you have a GREAT weekend my new found friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Olde Common Scents said...

Too funny! Thanks for posting these tips. I eyeball everything and have used beach rocks for hammers! It's funny how "us" decorators work! Thanks ;)Alyssa

Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria said...

So many times I have reached for the closest shoe...lol, I can so relate to this!! :) I love all your info. on grouping pictures...very great and useful tools. Nothing bugs me more than when I see a picture hanging too high or crooked...the ocd in me just wants to go straighten it or re-hang it at eye level. lol

Have a great weekend friend,
Victoria

Melanie said...

Great info on the picture hanging. Have a great weekend.

LoveFeast Table said...

I love that you use your eyeball and your nose, cause those are the tools I use too! I think the biggest mistake I've seen in groupings is setting it too high on the wall and too much space between hangings! Also, think outside the box and throw up a "non pic" for interest.

artis1111 said...

Love all of these groups. I just did a small group ,and I am adding two more to it when I get time this week. Kathy

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I too use many of your fantastic tips. :)

Thank you so much for your good wishes. I am on the mend and will be back to my whirlwind self very soon.

myletterstoemily said...

what an excellent instruction
on hanging 'stuff'.

thank you!

myletterstoemily said...

hey! i left you a comment
and then erased it.

time for bed.

thanks for the excellent
lesson. i will use it at all
times!

Mrs. Chic said...

I love all your tips!! The music grouping rocks!!

I'll be doing a art grouping for my sons 'Art' soon thanks for all the tips!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Wonderful post, thank you! I'm wanting to redo a wall upstairs and am struggling, this will help!
Thanks
Kristin

Ashley Schott said...

Great tips and awesome post girlie!!

TheThingAboutDaisies said...

Love your blog! Thanks for stopping by mine!
I have been in such a crazy mood to group pictures and found things. I've been scouring Etsy for the perfect vintage pictures and such to add to things we already have.
I've got some grouping ideas in mind, but I am going to wait until we move before I do anything.

Ashlee said...

These are great tips! Thanks so much.