Top 5 Tips to Actually Overcome Empty Walls
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I’ve gathered the best advice on hanging strategies for your art. With these tips, you’ll be on your way to hanging art like a pro. What’s holding you back from dressing those empty walls? 

Buying art is the easy and fun part, it’s what comes next that’s the challenge. We’ve all been faced with the difficult decision of choosing frames or finding the perfect space to hang work. Don’t leave your art unboxed for years or your walls bare, plunge in and get started! 
My advice to you, don’t create limitations. Stop creating limitations, instead, create mental toughness. If you could train your mind, you’d discover that you really have no limitations. Begin thinking positively and you’re that much closer to fearlessly filling in those empty spaces.


Empty Walls – K.I.S.S

Keep it simple. You know the principle “K.I.S.S” (Keep It Simple Stupid). This design principle suggests that simple designs outperform complex ones. Try keeping it simple with mats and frames, stick to white mats and black frames because they’re the most versatile. You’ll also have all your art framed in a uniform way. Choose a frame that is 1-3 inches larger in dimension than the work. Avoid poorly made frames because they will take away from your art.

Empty Walls –  Hang works at eye level

Most galleries and interior decorators hang works at the average eye level, which is about 58 inches high. The center of the artwork should be at a height of 58 inches, not the top of the work. This means you’ll need to do a little math. Measure the distance between the wire and the top of your frame, then measure the height of your artwork, and divide that number in half. Measure 58 inches on the wall, add the measure of half of your art’s height and subtract the distance between the wire and top of the frame, and place your nail there. This tip also works with gallery-wrapped walls too! However, you may need to make adjustments for furniture underneath so that you don’t create that awkward ledge gap between your art and couch. Artwork should hang approximately 6-9 inches above your furniture. 
Image from Melissa Grieve Interiors
Below is a video from West Elm, a retail store that features contemporary furniture designs and home accessories, showing how you can hang art on your wall. 


Empty Walls – Try a Grid Style

Hang artwork in a grid style. Hanging a grid of works is a great way to make a statement while keeping the focus on individual works. If you have multiple works, try a symmetrical grid. This requires some time, math, and patience. Grids are also a fun way to build an art wall of works from the same artist. You can purchase a group of artwork from an artist you admire. Many artists create works that are related in theme (like Ikohaus’ Flower Series) or color. When hung in multiples, these works will look stunning on your wall. We suggest that you keep about 2-3 inches between your frames.

Tip: For the space in between works, go with the matte size or 1″ – 3″ between works.

Image from Melissa Grieve Interiors


Empty Walls – Make Use of Vertical Spaces
Fill a vertical space. Do you have a narrow space of wall you want to fill? You probably don’t realize how much untapped vertical space you’ve got in your home. Imagine those empty corners above your toilet or that narrow slice of wall in your kitchen. Arrange your gallery on the floor and try different combinations before hanging works on your wall. Hang works from the floor all the way to the ceiling. You could do this on a large wall, but this is one way you can try out a dramatic gallery-style wall without making a commitment. 
Tip: When hanging two works stacked, treat the works as one piece with the center point being between 56″- 60″ from your floor.
Image from Melissa Grieve Interiors

5. Hang art using picture-hanging hooks. You don’t necessarily need to hammer nails into studs or install drywall anchors to support art. Rather than using nails or screws, you could try picture hangers, sometimes referred to as picture hook. Picture hangers are very secure, the hooks go into your wall at an angle similar to a cat’s claw. One-nail picture hanger holds works that are 30 pounds or lighter. A two-nail picture hook holds pieces that are roughly 50 pounds. For works that are about 75-100 pounds, you’ll need a three-nail picture hook. Using 2 picture hooks per artwork provides added security and helps art remain level over a period of time as compared to art hung from a single point. Install 2 D-rings, rather than a wire on the backs of your frames to hang from the picture hooks. Now your art is stationary and not swinging on a wire, hanging for dare life. Tip, use a level and a ruler to ensure that both the work and D-rings are aligned when installed.

Tired of staring at those white, empty walls? Start hanging some art to beautify your home. Head over to the IKO Store for physical works.

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