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How to Decorate a Wall

Take the guesswork out of hanging wall decor with these helpful tips for selecting and arranging artwork.

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Add style and personality to any room in your home with these tips on how to decorate a wall with artwork. Before you start, keep these arranging and hanging lessons in mind. Most people hang artwork too high. At the right height, the center of your image should hang at eye level between 60 and 66 inches. Size also matters when choosing how to hang your art. A large piece isn't always the most commanding visual. If you have smaller pieces, try grouping them into an arrangement that will read as a large piece of art on the wall. With these tips in mind, plan your arrangement. Start by arranging your items on the floor. This can be a bit of a puzzle, but keep trying until you're happy with how the items work as a group. Consider a symmetrical art arrangement which looks orderly and as easy to achieve. Draw an imaginary vertical line in the center and mirror the arrangement on each side of the line. A salon style arrangement is another way to decorate your walls. Start by positioning the most prominent piece at eye level in the center and work outward. A mix of dimensional pieces such as plates and frames in different shapes and colors keep the arrangement lively and interesting. Once you've planned your arrangement, cut out shapes of craft paper equal to the size of the items you want to hang, then use painter's tape to hang each paper shape on the wall in the same arrangement you created on the floor. The tape won't damage the wall and lets you double check your design before you put nails on the wall. Mark each paper template at the place where your nail will be needed to hang the corresponding item. Pound nails into the wall through the paper templates at the marked spot, hang your artwork and enjoy.