Hanging a painting can significantly alter the mood or atmosphere of a room. In this post, we will give you some general tips to keep in mind while hanging a painting and also list out 10 of our top favourite artworks.
Painting Hanging Tips
1. Hang the painting at eye level. A common mistake people make is to hang the painting too high. Hanging the work at eye level ensures that the viewer is able to take in the whole picture without too much effort.
2. If you have a large space on the wall, you could either hang a single big painting or a collection of smaller paintings to fit the space. Hanging a single small painting in a big blank wall would look awkward.
3. To make a room look larger, try hanging a painting that has a distant horizon. If your ceiling is too high, opt for a painting that has a wide horizon that would prevent the viewer from gazing upwards. Likewise, if you have a low ceiling choose a painting that has strong verticals. Also, a dark room can be made to look lighter with a large light coloured painting.
4. Do not hang unsealed paintings over fireplaces. The smoke could lead to you build up on your painting.
10 Painting/Print Suggestions
*This list reflects the common taste of the editorial board at Home-Designing. It is by no means a comprehensive rank based analysis of artwork during different eras. Meaning, we throw in what we like!
1. The Lady with an Ermine, Da Vinci
The Lady with an Ermine is one of Da Vinci’s relatively lesser known paintings. If you think that the Mona Lisa is cliched and yet want a Da Vinci in your room, this could be a choice.
2. At The Parc Monceau, Monet
Claude Oscar Monet was a founder of French impressionist painting, and his painting of the Parc Monceau is typical of Monet’s tilt towards Impressionism.
3. The Star, Edgar Degas
The Star (L’Étoile,1878) is probably one of Edgar Degas’s most famous works. The elevated point of view for this painting and the pale shadows the light casts are its highlights. The majority of works by Edgar Degas portray ballerinas and though his style resembles Impressionist, Degas was never fond of the Impressionist Movement.
4. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, Gustav Klimt
The 3rd most expensive painting in the world, the Adele Bloch-Bauer I, shows off the Jugendstil style with emphasis on complex ornamentation. Painted by Gustav Klimt, this painting was sold for a whooping 661 Crore rupees(US$135 million). (If you are curious about the world’s most expensive painting, here it is)
5. Autumn Landscape with Four Trees, Van Gogh
Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings include some of the world’s best known, most popular and most expensive pieces. The Autumn Landscape was completed by him in the Autumn of 1885.
6. Discussing the Divine Comedy with Dante, Dai Dudu
If you want to be in the company of the famous, there is no painting better than this! You will find people ranging from Mahatma Gandhi to Bill Gates, Pele to Vladimir Putin, Einstein to Bruce Lee all lined up!
7. Sharbat Gula, Steve McCurry
This haunting photograph is of an Afghan girl named Sharbat Gula taken by photographer Steve McCurry. The image was named as “the most recognized photograph” in the history of the National Geographic magazine. There is a bit of a story behind this image which you can read here.
8. Quit Being So Technical, Amy
Move into the modern with the synthesis of girl and mechanics. Go here to get a print.
9. Self Illumination, André Kutscherauer
If you are looking for something that is modern, 3D rendered and simply inspiring, we recommend Self Illumination by André Kutscherauer. You can’t miss the humour in the bulb trying to light itself.
10. Love Juice, Erik
‘Ever love someone so much you just want to vomit hearts all over them?’ – Eric
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