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Top tips for hanging photographic wall art

by Jo on October 9, 2017

Top tips for hanging photographic wall art

– Top tips for hanging photographic wall art-

Lots of my clients come to me knowing that they want beautiful images of their family displayed in their homes, but just don’t know where to start. So I thought it would be helpful to share some top tips on hanging your family photography.



1. Start by deciding where you want to put your wall art

Sounds simple right? Pick a wall and then hang some pictures!

Well there’s a lot to think about. How often do you see that wall? Is the wall well lit? How big is the wall?

If you are hanging your special family memories, you want to be able to enjoy them everyday. Think about walls that you look at everyday, this might be the living room, above the stairs or even in the hall way.

Storyboard frame of young girls enjoying spring in the Isabella PlantationLook for bright areas in your home, how does the light come in through windows? If you decide to hang in a darker area you might want to consider some picture lights, there are lots on the market and having them also means you can enjoy your images in the evenings too! Please be careful though, don’t hang precious family images in direct sunlight as over time the colouring will get damaged.

There are lots of different ways of displaying your memories, a collection of individual images in a wall gallery or multi-aperture frame (lots of images in one frame) or one large image. Wall galleries can be a great talking point and multi-aperture frames allow you to tell a whole story from a special time in your lives.


2. Choosing the right frame make’s a huge difference

So, you’ve chosen the wall… now time to decide on the right frame. Think about your interior design, do you prefer a more traditional/vintage style or perhaps your home interior is ultra-modern.

There are lots of different styles, shapes and sizes think about how they will fit in with your overall styling.


3. To mount or not to mount…Little boy playing hide and seek in Richmond park

…definitely mount! Mounts really finish an image and frame off. I always double mount images for clients as it gives a really luxurious feel. If you are framing your own I’d always recommend at least a single mount.

Don’t scrimp on mount sizes, a small mount won’t add a huge amount to the look of the image. The mount is there to encourage viewers’ eyes into the centre of frame.


4. Hang your precious family moments at eye-level

A lot of people make the mistake of hanging their images too high which ultimately takes away from the impact of the images. Aim for the focal point of the image/images to be at eye level, that way you’ll be able to enjoy them everyday rather than getting a stiff neck!


5. Hanging your images

When you are ready to hang your images, it’s best to make sure you have all the tools together you need before you start. Here are the different tools you’ll need;

A live wire detector – this little gadget will ensure that you don’t start hammering through wires or pipes!

Spirit level – a vital piece of equipment! It will ensure that your images are hung with precision and aren’t wonky. Let’s face it, no one wants a wonky picture after all the effort you’ve gone too.

Picture hooks – the type of picture hooks required will depend on the size and weight of your frame. Make sure you double check the weight bearing load that you need! All good hardware stores have a wide selection.

A hammer or drill – this will depend on the type of hook or fixing you need.


I hope you have found these tips helpful. Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting more about how to create wall art galleries and much more.

If you are looking for an extra special Christmas gift, then my ‘Framed with Love’ sessions are perfect for you. Shorter, ‘children only’ sessions where we capture beautiful B/W portraits which are presented in a bespoke multi-aperture frame all ready to hang straight on the wall.

Find out more and join the waiting list now to ensure you don’t miss out when bookings go live.


I’m not just a family photographer though. I’m unashamedly passionate. I’m thrilled that you’re here and honestly can’t wait to work with you to create something extra special.

Top tips for hanging photographic wall art