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How to frame and hang Art Prints in your home

Posted on August 18 2018

When it comes to buying art prints for your home, finding a print style and design that you like can often be the easiest part of the process. If you have never actually framed and hung a set of prints on a wall, you may find that it’s not as easy as it sounds.


Poster size

All prints on our website are available in a choice of four sizes, ideal for standard off-the-shelf frames from most frame retailers. These standard sizes are 30 x 40cm, 40 x 50cm, 50 x 70cm, 61 x 91cm or 70 x 100cm.

We can also print to any custom size, so if you already have a frame and need the perfect print to fit, or you’re looking for something a little bit different, just drop us an email and we’ll be able to help with a custom print!


Mounting

An important decision to make before finalising your order with Ink & Drop is whether to use a mount or not, which is the bordered card insert within a frame. This can add depth to your print and make it more eye-catching, however, you do need to consider the width of the border and what this will mean for the size of the frame that you will need.

Mounting is popular with interior designers and art galleries, but that’s not to say it’s always the right choice. Typographic and graphical prints, for example, can look clean, crisp and contemporary without a mount.


Colour

When considering the colour of your frame, you shouldn’t just focus on your room’s décor, have a think about the best colour to emphasise the print, what’s on trend, what suits your style best, and the other frames that will hang alongside this if you’re looking to create a gallery wall. Take some time to consider colour and find inspiration in our gallery and on Instagram.

This also applies to the colour of your mount, although the most popular colour is white, don’t be afraid to go for a bright colour and portray your own personal style.


Hanging & Orientation

It’s usually best to match the orientation of your art print to the dimensions of the wall you’re planning to hang it from. So, if you have a tall and narrow wall, look for portrait prints, while landscape prints suit wide walls.

This isn’t always the case though, so play with the placement of your potential frame, or frames for a gallery wall, first before committing to a purchase.


Location

Unless you have opted for a large statement print, it’s best to avoid empty spaces when hanging your prints. Above your sofa, fireplace or a piece of furniture, such as a table, is usually the ideal location to hang your prints.

Make sure not to hang the frames too high, we recommend ensuring the centre of the artwork is at eye level, roughly between 1.5m to 2m in height.


Toolkit

There are plenty of step-by-step guides to hanging prints, but the key place to start is making sure you have the right tools and fixings for your home’s walls.

For stud walls (or drywalls), a double-headed hanger screw will work best, and you’ll need wall plugs for solid or masonry walls. Don’t forget a spirit level, pencil and ruler to ensure you can level up and straighten the frame when it’s hung.

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