Make the Most of Your Art Work

Brent Palmer
Published on June 28, 2017

Make the Most of Your Art Work

I must admit, it’s a bit of a pet hate to see a beautiful piece of art hung poorly.  A well-chosen, well-placed piece of art can really set a room off and bring it all together.

If you’re trying to accessorise a room to get your property ready for sale but you’re not sure where to start – a nice simple way to do so can be to choose a piece of art you already have, then utilise the colours within to choose the accessory colours for cushions, vases and throws etc.

However, there is no point doing this unless the artwork is allowed to shine.  So use it as a focal point, and don’t have it surrounded by lots of clutter – this can really extend the length of a room.  But also ensure it’s hanging at the right height.  It’s quite well known that artwork should be at eye level – but what exactly is that – it can vary greatly can’t it?  Saffron Gallery of Art has a fabulous diagram on their website to help guide you.  1422mm from the bottom of the floor, to the centre of the picture, is the average guideline, but naturally, there are lots of exceptions to the rule.

It may need to be altered due to ceiling heights, furniture size, or if it’s more of a sitting room as opposed to a standing room.  Another consideration is also the timber needed behind the wall to prevent the picture hook from falling out over time and damaging the gib.  If you don’t have a stud finder, Houzz have a great tip that most of us can do from home.  Alternatively, just purchase some gib screws if the screw to stud option doesn’t enable you to balance the space properly.

You’ll also want to take into consideration the light – UV light can damage paintings over time, or the reflection from the glass can ruin the presentation of the artwork.

Alternatively, you could display smaller frames in a cluster – just ensure they are relevant to each other in some way.  Homes to Love provide some great tips on this, and the spacing required.

If you have a battle to actually get them on the wall – try the nice and easy fork trick!


So good luck and don’t let it worry you too much.  Just make an effort to make the most of the artwork you’ve got, and allow it to shine.


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Brent Palmer – Professional Real Estate Consultant

About the Author: The above article on Making the Most of Your Artwork was written and provided by Brent Palmer, a local leader in the field of Richmond and Nelson Real Estate sales, marketing, advanced technology for home selling, and social media. You can contact Brent Palmer here, or at 027 544 9921.

He has helped many people buy and sell homes in the Nelson, Stoke and Richmond areas for years, and would love the opportunity to help you as well.

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