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Decorating Tip of the Month: Artwork

At Smitty’s, we want to help you furnish and decorate your home with beautiful, stylish, quality furniture and decor that works — whatever your lifestyle.

 

Each month we will feature a decorating tip to help you achieve your interior decorating dreams.

 

If you have questions or tips that you would like our Smitty’s interior decorators to answer, just let us know.

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Artwork will have a big impact on any space in your home. Original art, prints, photography, and word art are all excellent ways to add finishing touches to your room. Along with updating your furniture and decor, it is highly recommended to also update the artwork in your home.

 

Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about how to add artwork to your home:

 

How high on the wall should I hang my art?

 

A good rule of thumb is to hang single pieces at eye level. This means that the centre of the artwork should be at eye level. Typically, art gallery hanging height is 5’7”.

 

What should I use to hang my art on the wall?

 

Use the proper hanging tools. This includes measuring tape, level, picture hooks (be sure to use the appropriate size for the weight of the art you will be hanging), nails or screws, a hammer or screwdriver, and molly bolts (plastic anchors that go into your wall) to secure your hook.

 

What sort of frame should my art have?

 

The frame will depend on the artwork. Some art will look better in wooden frames or metal frames, and others will look better with no frame at all — this is the case with some canvas artwork.

 

You can always change your frame, so don’t stress. To start, try hanging your art with the frame that it came with and see if you like it. If you decide that you don’t like it, then you can contact your local shop to have the frame changed.

 

How much space do I need between artwork on my wall?

 

There is no hard and fast rule about spacing as it depends on your particular room, wall space, artwork, and style.

 

Some people place artwork together in groupings — in this case, the art could be placed anywhere from 1” to 6” apart. In other cases, you may choose to leave a substantial amount of blank wall between your art to really showcase each piece’s unique features.

 

Adding artwork to your home is a lot of fun, and there’s a lot to choose from. Visit us at Smitty’s and check out the latest wall art for your home.

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