Art is one of the greatest ways to give homebuyers a vision when they walk into a property!
They may visualise their existing home decorations, be inspired by new colours and consider how to improve their own style and ideas.
But the way you present your wall art can make or break the impact it has on the buyer – and as many of you know, attention to detail is of utmost importance when staging your house to be sold.
So what are the 4 key things to remember when you are hanging wall art?
1. Keep artwork in scale with the space
The biggest mistake most people make is hanging a picture that’s too small for the space. If you put a page-sized portrait on an expansive wall, it will be totally lost and ignored. To figure out how large a picture to hang on your wall, measure the width of the space (say, the area between two windows) and multiply that number by .57. The result is the ideal width of the painting you should centre in that space. This bit of arithmetic is based on decorators’ tried-and-true proportions, but you of course have a little leeway. You can also group smaller photos together to reach this number — just be sure to account for additional spacing between each.
2. Hang artwork at eye level
Many people hang their pictures too high on the wall, thinking that there’s a lot of space to fill toward the ceiling. Not so! The centre of your artwork should be at eye level of the average person — (roughly 175cm). The one exception is with lettered signs, which are typically designed to be seen from a distance and can therefore be hung higher than eye level if you like.
3. Make sure your art is lit correctly
Be conscious of the lighting around your artwork. Some art will only shine when light dances onto its surface in the correct way so ensure you investigate the light from windows and any artificial sources. Also be wary the beauty or detail of your favourite piece doesn’t get lost if it’s catching some rays.
4. Use art to accentuate the room
If you have beautiful tall ceilings, use art to draw your eyes upwards by hanging one piece on top of the other, rather than the more traditional way of side by side. Use ornate detail to embellish or highlight art pieces, and vice versa. Choose art that brings out the best of the room, and can help mask the less inspiring elements of a room.
If you stick to these four simple rules, you’re sure to be pleased with how your works of art transform the walls and ‘wow’ potential homebuyers.
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