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Tips For Hanging Art Work

Casa Quickie: Nate Berkus Gets the Hang of It

Tap, tap, tap. Too high, too low, or off center? I can't count the number of times I've put a nail in the wall only to pull it out and try it again. I've turned freshly painted walls into ones more suitable for a garage pegwall. Thank goodness for spackle, paint, and wall hangings. I have, however, found one way, aside from using a ruler and level, to make placing framed works on the walls a wee bit easier. The always talented Nate Berkus recently shared a tip that is so simple I don't know why I didn't think of it first. Instead of imagining your decorated wall and going straight to the hammer, cut out pieces of paper the size of your hangings. Then tape them to the wall and observe. When you're pleased with the visual, use a push pin to mark the spot where the nail should go. This is especially useful when placing more than one object. Your wall and future owners will thank you.

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Asche Asche 7 years
This is also really good for flat screen TVs (if you plan on wall mounting). Make a mock up of the dimensions and use it to see the sizing against the future-TVs surrounding. I hate when TVs look too big for their environment, so this is incredibly helpful for visualization.
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
This is a great idea.. I want to do a tight mural of photos and artwork on our stair well wall, but was scared to start.. now I have inspiration! Thanks casa!
kayleigh83 kayleigh83 7 years
Definitely one of those "Why didn't I think of that?!" type of things! LOL
la-dee-da-dee la-dee-da-dee 7 years
Awww.. great idea!
Home Home 7 years
Oh wow! That's a good trick too, Asche!
Asche Asche 7 years
I do this too! It's impossible to visualize, so this really helps. I also did something similar when designing a bar space in my kitchen. I was unsure of the sizing, so I had various sizes cut out of really cheap plywood. I found that the dimensions I thought would be right, were horribly wrong!
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