Hanging a Picture 101: How to Get It Right


Have you just found the perfect subject to frame? Perhaps you snapped a truly unforgettable picture, fell in love with a piece of art or you’re planning to celebrate a special occasion.

Framing and hanging the picture is a great way to celebrate it each day. Studies show that surrounding yourself with positive and inspiring images can have a positive impact on your mental health. Plus, it makes your home look beautiful too!

Hanging the frame can be a challenge, though. If you get it wrong, you’ll find that your piece looks off and it can even be a little frustrating! To help you get the most from your piece, here’s a closer look at how to hang a picture frame and get it right every time.


Make sure the location is visually pleasing

First things first, you’ll want to take a step back and have a good long look at where you’re thinking of hanging your picture. This will help you to get a better idea of the suitability of the location and how your piece will look there.

It’s important that you pay attention to a few key factors at this stage.



Is the location well lit? Will you be able to see the piece properly at any time of the day? It’s important that you are actually able to see your piece! This is the reason that many people decide to hang their frames next to lamps – the effect can be really dramatic and help you to get the most from your piece.

Think about how natural and artificial light will be able to help you see your piece. If you think that the piece will not get enough light, you might want to consider another location.



Light is one thing, but how about contrast? You’ll often want to make sure that your frame stands out from its environment to really make your piece pop and give it the wow factor. As clear white walls have become more popular in recent years, so have black frames. The dramatic look it creates is stunning.

If you find that your piece will simply fall into its natural environment and not stand out, you might want to pick another space.



Does your picture have beautiful colours that you really want to make pop? It’s important that you think about how the colour of your subject and its immediate environment will play together. Will they clash or complement one another?

You can really create some amazing effects by playing with colour. Imagine, for example, how great black and white photography looks within a monochrome environment.


Make sure sunlight won’t become an issue

You want to make sure that your subject has an appropriate level of light hitting it, but you also want to make sure that sunlight won’t become an issue.

Sunlight emits powerful ultraviolet radiation (UV) that can damage your piece over time and speed up the discoloration process. You can preserve the integrity and colours of your piece by investing in protective glazing.

Specialist glazing options help to protect against the impacts of UV light, protecting your piece for as long as possible. It does this without affecting visible light, meaning that the view of your piece is unobscured.

Another factor to consider is glare. If your frame has poor-quality acrylic, you may find that it will make it impossible to actually see your piece! You should invest in a frame that offers you protection against glare.


Put the piece within context

Does the frame make sense within its environment? Think about factors like spacing as well as colour and mood.

Let’s imagine that you’re going for a montage effect, for example. You’ll place a range of pictures alongside one another and the gaps between those frames will vary. It’s critical that those gaps make sense visually.

This can be difficult to accomplish sometimes, but you’ll know when it feels right. Balance and weight are odd concepts but you’ll find that you can create some really pleasing effects that enhance the beauty of your images and their frames.


Make sure the height is correct

One of the most common errors when it comes to framing is getting the height wrong. This makes it difficult to actually see your piece comfortably and it can really throw the rest of your room into chaos. The balance can be lost and things feel odd!

Think about what people are going to be doing around your piece. If it’s going to be hung in a hallway, for example, people will be walking through and the frame should therefore be at the average eye level. This makes it easy to see and interpret the piece.

Let’s now imagine that you have a fireplace and you’re hoping to frame a photo from your wedding above it. You’ll want to pay particular attention to the height of the fireplace and put the piece at a level that makes sense.


Use the right hanging method

It’s important that you choose the right fixings for your piece. If you are using a light frame, you’ll find that the one-size-fits-all hooks probably work well and it’s a simple matter of installing these using a hammer.

Things get a little more complicated, though, when your frame gets heavier. You’ll want to call upon power drills, screws and rawl plugs in these instances. This can become a little bit more complicated, so you should consult with a professional bespoke frame provider to get the right advice and guidance.


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