HOW TO HANG PRINTS

Autumn Head - Erik Brede

Mega sized version on display at Hotel Pullman Tour Eiffel, Paris

So you have this beautiful print, or collection of prints, and now you want to get them up on your wall. How do you go about it? There are actually many ways to put art on your walls, and in this post, I thought we’d explore some of the creative possibilities you have when hanging art.

How do you hang a print? The easiest answer: However and wherever you like! There are no rules, only lots of creative options.

FRAME OR NO FRAME?

Most of my Pigment Prints are sold Unframed. Framing, choice of frame type and colour of the frame is a personal choice that I leave to my clients to decide. However, I offer a separate collection of pre-framed artwork for those who may wish.

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You don’t have to put a frame around your pigment print, although it helps to know that a frame is good protection for your art. It prevents it from bending and other damage. The frame can also add to or complement the artwork. However, there is also much to be said for the clean look of an unframed print. Especially when it comes to my aluminium and acrylic print. They are all ready to hang without any need for framing.

SINGLE OR COLLAGE?

Are you planning on hanging the pieces by themselves, or together? Some artworks are best by themselves, while other pieces might work well in a symphony. You could arrange the prints together on a wall to create a collage. One way to experiment with this is to lay your prints out on the floor and try out different compositions there before hanging them on the wall. You could also search for terms like “arranging wall art” or “art collage” online to get ideas.

HANGING OR STANDING?

Now we arrive at the part where you get the pieces up on your wall. What options do you have here? For starters, you don’t actually have to hang a print, you could also put it on a shelf or a ledge. This works well for framed pieces with enough weight to stay firmly in place. Try putting prints side by side on a ledge in a corridor, or maybe mount several ledges on a wall and arrange the art together with candles, plants and other decoration.

For unframed prints, you might want to hang them on the wall with clips, to avoid damaging the paper. Or use an adhesive tack to fix them to the wall. Use two clips and maybe some adhesive tack to stabilize the print. Or use only adhesive tack if you feel the clips are distracting from the art.

Another fun way to hang unframed prints is to use a line of string or wire and use clips or clothing pegs to hang the pieces along with it.

Remember that large prints require a lot of space and should not be hung too close or in clusters with many other images. This removes the visual impression the image requires.

Customer Photo

Image from one of my customers in the USA showing a great display of my 80x100cm “Pop Art Face Part 2” and “Splash”

PERFECT HANGING SYSTEMS FOR YOUR PHOTO PRINT ON BRUSHED ALUMINIUM AND ACRYLIC GLASS

My Brushed Aluminium and Acrylic Prints comes with different hanging systems depending on the size. Robust, secure and included in the price. Of course, you can also order your image without any picture hanging hardware attached. All of the hanging systems are compatible with gallery rails. Simply unpack the artwork, hang it up, and enjoy its floating effect on your wall.

PICTURE HANGING HOOKS

Small formats - For pictures with edges up to 9.8 in. (25 cm)

PARALLEL ALUMINUM RAILS

Medium size formats - For pictures with edges from 10 in. to 19.7 in. (26 cm to 50 cm)

ALUMINUM RAIL RECTANGLE

For pictures with edges over 19.7 in. (50 cm)

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