HOW TO HANG
Autumn Circus, Oregon by Christopher Burkett
Arranging a collection of photography in a room is an art form unto itself. Of course, the geometric interplay between your photographs can define a space or a wall, but you should also consider the narrative interplay between your images. The way you present your photographs—and how those photographs play off one another—can tell a story about your interests, identity, and experiences.
A larger photograph can sometimes anchor an entire wall on its own, but often you’ll find yourself hanging multiple pieces together. The best advice here is to embrace some irregularity. The best gallery walls aren’t lined up with grid-like precision—they tend to flow more organically from one piece to another. Trying to line up each piece perfectly is a surefire way to end up with a stuffy-looking room (and give yourself a massive headache in the process). Do make sure, however, that all your photographs are level. Nothing is more frustrating than a gallery wall with a single picture askew.
If you do find yourself hanging on a mostly blank wall, experts recommend hanging your art so that the center is 57 inches from the floor. This is known as “gallery height.” And of course, it also never hurts to consider how your space is actually used in day-to-day life. Looking to hang a photograph above your nightstand? Leave room so that a stray glass of water won’t obscure the image.
When it comes to framing and hanging your favorite photographs—whether it’s a beautiful Ansel Adams print or a beloved vacation snapshot—the best advice is to always trust your gut. For every “rule” above, there are dozens of exceptions, so go with what you think looks good. After all, it’s your home; if it puts a smile on your face to look at it every day, you’re probably doing something right.
Bridalveil Fall, Modern Replica. Moonrise, Hernandez, Framed Reproduction. Fern Spring No. 2, Kerik Kouklis