I have to credit the talented Martha Stewart for this tip.
In the past, when I have tried to hang photos, it usually went one of two ways. Either I just guessed and things were not well layed out, or I spent painstaking amounts of time measuring and measuring and figuring and measuring to try to get everything lined up correctly.
We recently remodeled our bathroom, and I reused our old black frames by painting them cream and hanging them in a new arrangement on two of the bathroom walls.
To figure out the layout, I traced around the frames onto plain paper (newspaper is another good option) and marked where the picture hanger was on each frame.
Next, I used painter’s tape to adhere each frame to the wall to figure out which arrangement I liked best. Here were some of my options:
After I tried each arrangement, I left it alone for a few hours to as long as a few days, just so I could see it from various angles and move things around – anything from scrapping the entire arrangement and starting over to just tweaking a few items.
Once I had the layout and the spacing between each frame just how I wanted it, I simply pounded a nail into each frame’s marked spot on the paper and then hung up each frame. It is THAT easy to do and I am very happy with the result.
I have used this method for free form-type of arrangements, arrangements that have all different sizes and shapes of frames and arrangements of all the same size from that I want symmetrically set.
You can just eyeball the distance between the frames (the pieces of paper) or you can measure each one out by just holding up a ruler and shifting the paper until you get the distance you want.