I need to mention a couple of things about framing. It’s horrendously expensive to have done professionally. But worth it. The important word in that sentence is professionally. We have a Michael’s in town that often has 60% off sales. This is where I have my stuff done. The reason I go there is not for the price but for the man who runs the department and is a professional framer.
If you buy a piece of art you want to present and preserve, take it to a couple of places and see what frame, mat and glass they try to sell you. The ones that say “Oh, you can put any kind of mat on that you like, it’s your art.” run way from. Pick one that seems to know what they doing because you really don’t want to pay to do it over again.
If you don’t want to spend your entire life’s savings, think about having a mat cut. You will need to buy a frame and have the picture to go in it. While shopping you may find a frame you love but with a picture you hate. Take apart the paper and tape holding it together and POOF! You have the start on something for your home. I have found this to be a great way to frame small prints or images that need to be in a frame bigger than 8X10. Most stores with framing departments will cut a mat for less than 15 bucks (depending on the size). I have also found that some are supply stores will do the same. See what is in your town and what they charge.
Now, let’s talk about where to hang this stuff.
There are a zillion blogs and shows and people went to school for this stuff so if you are really unsure, please search out one of them that you like and follow their rules. If you have something you are ready to hang here are some things to keep in mind. (Re-read My Deep-Seeded Decorating Foundation 3 if you need to.)
The odd number rule. Stuff looks better in odd numbers so if you have two things, find a third. I don’t know why, it just does. This applies to groupings too. If you have a grouping of a lot of things, make sure three of them are the same color or height.
Where on the wall. Somehow people think eye level means you have to tilt you head up. It doesn’t. It means that you should see the middle of the piece when you are standing and the bottom if you are sitting. Even I have trouble with this. Unless there is a light switch or chair rail in the way, drop whatever you are hanging 6 inches. Really. You will be surprised.
Be unconventional. I have one of my favorite pictures below the light switch in my living room. I can see it perfectly from the couch. It makes me happy and everyone who comes over comments on it. My friend Nancy has a picture in her bathroom just at the right height to admire when you are sitting down.
Like Likes Like. If you have a bunch of photographs, use all the same color frames and it will look more uniform. I have all my family pictures in silver frames. Different sizes, different shapes, different materials but they “match” just fine.
I use wire nails for most of my stuff. They are fine for most light weight items. However for the heavier stuff I use the picture hooks that are a nail and a bracket that the nails goes through. They are sold in the hardware section of your local discount or hardware store. They have never failed me and leave much smaller holes in the walls than plastic anchors.
So, get that hammer and some hangers or nails and make that house a home!