On Display: Personalize Your Space

You found it, you bought it, you love it – now you just need to figure out the best way to display it in your residence at Bay Meadows. Moving into a new home or apartment means personalizing the space with color, texture and decor that suits your style.  We’ve gathered a few tips to make hanging your photography, fun prints, and expressive paintings a little bit easier. It’s time to say “Goodbye” to those blank walls!

If you haven’t purchased your art yet, you may be asking:

What size art should I buy?

Determine where you want to place your art and measure the space. You need to make sure the art you choose is appropriately sized for the space. If you’re hanging your art above furniture, the golden rule is to hang it one-hand’s width above the piece. Art hung over a piece of furniture should not be wider than the width of the furniture, a general principle being that the art should be about 50-75% the width of the furniture.

Always consider the scale of your space. To fill a large horizontal space, hang two vertical pieces of art next to each other. To fill a large vertical space, hang two horizontal pieces of art on top of one another.

Some online resources for art shopping are Society6, The Citizenry, Etsy, Minted and FramebridgeThis article showcases all of these options and more.

Pro tip: Color may be the most important factor when choosing artwork. It will set the mood of the room.

photo courtesy: Etsy

Best Practices for hanging art?

It always helps to start with some helpful tips to hang art.  This article has a wealth of information and helpful tips for hanging wall art while addressing the popular question of placement.

Most people have the tendency to hang artwork too high. If you take one piece of information from this article, let it be this: 57″ on center. This means that the center of your art piece (not the hook) should be 57″ from the floor. This 57″ standard represents the average human eye-height and is regularly used as a standard in many galleries and museums. It also creates balance in the home because all of your art will share a visual midline. 

Generally, the piece of art or the collection should be in the same shape and orientation of the wall that it is trying to fill.  It’s also important to consider how you will hang your art, and when renting you want to ensure that you do as little damage as possible to your space. Discover the best practices for hanging art without damaging your walls in this article.

Pro tip: Trace your wall art on a piece of paper, creating a template to use. Make a mark on the template to show where the picture wire or hook will be by measuring out the same distance as from the wire to the top of the frame. With the marking-side out, match up the nail mark on your template to the nail mark on the wall and secure it in place with tape. This will give you a chance to step back and see how the wall art will look from farther away.

photo courtesy: Minted

What if I have several pieces I want to hang in the same area?

When hanging two art pieces, treat them as one. This rule also applies to groups of three and four. Make sure they are spaced only a few inches apart, so they look together and not disconnected.

Go for a gallery wall! Be bold and use an odd number of art, mix photos with drawings and paintings, mix and match picture frames, and even toss your favorite clock or mirror in there. Choose a center item first at 57 inches and then build your layout around it.

Pro-tip: Trace templates for all pieces you want to include in your gallery wall and arrange them on the wall with painter’s tape before you commit to the placement.

Once you’re done hanging artwork in your home at Bay Meadows, it’s time to step back, admire, and enjoy your home. With high design in every detail, kitchens that take center stage, master suites defined by the finest finishes, spa inspired baths, separate dens for work or play and outdoor spaces made for you, isn’t it time you considered exploring life at Bay Meadows?


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