All original work © Jason W. Wong. Please ask for permission to reproduce any work.

All original work © Jason W. Wong. Please ask for permission to reproduce any work.

Monday, November 29, 2010

I walk the line

When hanging art, I've been extolling the virtues of salon-style groupings to achieve an eclectic look and casual feel.

Why? Because it suits a variety of different frame styles, which is what a lot of my Retrograde clients have. And also because it takes away the pressure of having your art and photos spaced perfectly or aligned. For me, it's more important to get those pieces of art out of the storage boxes and up on the walls. However, the process isn't totally random. I like to use key lines to arrange art on walls. (That just means lining up certain edges of your pieces.)

Here are some examples (the key lines are marked in red):

In this example (above), you can see that the key line can also go down the center of several pieces.

Top and bottom key lines are easy ways to line things up, especially if you're really keen on maintaining order.

For this family gallery mockup, I layed out a 4' x 8' area of white space to simulate the portion of wall I was working with in a single family home. (When planning a grouping of so many photos or art, it can help to lay things out on the floor first...)

It's like a big puzzle, so go ahead and give it a try--play around! Like I said before, it's better than keeping your art and photos in storage. And if you mess up, just invest in a tub of spackle from your local hardware store to fill in the holes ;-)

4 comments:

Karen said...

Once again you make me wish you were closer. I'd love to have you help me put my house together. Still trying to figure out how and where to display some beautiful black & white pics of my family. But this definitely makes me feel a little more confident in getting out some of the portraits hiding in my garage.

Chino said...

I'm glad none of those collections have that "Dogs Playing Poker" picture...

CSN Blogs said...

So, seeing you on Saturday must have triggered something... I have officially hung ART on my walls and obviously used this post as my how-to. I'm pretty proud of how it turned out. :) hope you guys made it home ok and salvaged the rest of the weekend....!

CSN Blogs said...

Ha too funny. CSN blogs = jenfranklin :)