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Photos: Photo Arranging For Your Home

Pictures can really give your rooms that sense of style and flair that you have been looking for. And, if you are like most people, you probably have a bunch of different family photos, water colors, or black and white pictures just lying aroundm, waiting to be hung. But arranging pictures can often be a daunting task, particularly when you have a lot of artwork that’s ready to be displayed. Here are some tips on how to organize those pictures in a creative and eye-catching way.

Where to Put Your Pictures
Many people have so many different pictures they want to display, yet they just have no idea where they should put them! Finding the perfect place for your artwork and photographs can be challenging, but here are some great places to start arranging:


  • Above the Sofa: That space above your sofa is a great place to hang a piece of artwork that you would like to take a featured place in your room. Try hanging a picture approximately five to nine inches above the sofa – just be sure to leave enough room for people to rest their arms along the back of the sofa. Pictures in their frames should be about three-quarters of the length of the sofa itself.
  • Above Oversized Furniture: Whether you have two overstuffed easy chairs or a nice loveseat, these pieces of furniture often provide excellent anchors for artwork. Try to choose similar-sized pictures or artwork that shares a theme when hanging more than one piece.
  • The Stairwell: The stairwell can provide you with a lot of space to hang some very interesting artwork. It also allows viewers to view most of the pictures close up, making this is a prime place to hang pictures with a lot of detail or color.
  • On a Blank Wall: A blank wall offers an excellent backdrop for single paintings and groups of pictures. Blank walls draw nothing away from the artwork itself, helping to make the piece a focal point in a room.
  • On the Mantel or Picture Rail: Pictures aren’t just for hanging on the walls! You can also arrange your pictures on a decorative picture rail, shelf, or mantel, while maintaining impact and a sense of style.



Hanging Single Pictures

Hanging single pictures can provide instant impact and allow a piece to become a focal point in a room. Here are some tips to keep in mind when hanging a single piece in a room:

Relate the Piece to the Wall Size
Single pieces need to work well for the size of the wall that they are hung on. Smaller pictures work well on narrow walls, while larger pictures look better on bigger walls. If you want to create a sense of height, hang your pictures vertically; if you want to create a sense of length, hang your pictures horizontally.

Anchor the Piece
Pictures that are going to be standing alone typically need to be anchored by a piece of furniture. Whether it’s a sofa, end table, or console table, try to hang single pictures above a piece of furniture. Aim to keep the size of the picture in relation to this piece of furniture.

Hang at Eye Level
It is especially important to hang individual pieces at eye level, to ensure that they are easily seen and become a focal point. Eye level is generally five feet from the floor to the middle of the picture. Or, if you are going to be sitting down for the most part, you might want to consider hanging your picture at a seated eye level.


Arranging Groups of Pictures

Photos that are arranged in groups can also provide a wonderful sense of impact and style in any room. Pictures can be grouped on the walls or on a picture rail, console table, or mantelpiece. Here are some tips to get you started:

Make them Match
The pictures that you group together should match in some way. You can group pictures according to:


  • Theme: Select pictures that are of the same subject or have similar themes underpinning them. For instance, you can group funny photos, family photos, or wedding photos together.
  • Color: Picture groups often share color schemes. You can try grouping black and white pictures, pictures that share similar tones, or use pictures that have photo frames of similar colors.
  • Size: Picture groupings should have a sense of balance. Hang pictures of similar sizes, or balance one larger picture with two smaller ones.


Practice First
It isn’t easy to arrange pictures in groupings. If you are planning on hanging a picture group on a wall, you will want to practice first. Measure the size of each picture and cut out templates of the pictures using newsprint or construction paper. On the floor, practice grouping these pictures in different ways. You can even tack these templates to the wall, to see how they will look. Once you have decided on a grouping, measure the distance between each picture and the distance between each picture and its hanger. Mark these distances on your wall and then nail where appropriate. This will ensure that your picture grouping is arranged perfectly.

Some Great Arrangements
It’s lots of fun to develop your own picture groupings to express your sense of style. Should you need some help though, here are a few common types of groupings that look great in any room!


  • Even Numbers: Hang pictures on a wall in even numbers. Be sure to hang pictures as closely together as possible – this allows the pictures to function as one unit.
  • Symmetrical: Pictures can be hung symmetrically on walls arranged symmetrically on a mantel. Choose two pictures similar in size and theme. These symmetrical groupings work to create a sense of space and balance.
  • Asymmetrical: Asymmetrical groupings are made up of dissimilar pictures that have one common element, such as a frame or color. Mix larger and smaller pieces as well as horizontal and vertical pieces to add a sense of adventure and interest to a room.