The key to successfully hanging framed photographs on the walls of your house lies in careful planning. As anyone who has read my articles can attest, I don’t appear to be the type of person who plans much beyond the moment in time in which I am doing something. Just because I don’t plan well is no excuse for you, however. Planning ahead will allow you to determine whether the best effect comes from staggering your portraits, arranging them in a kooky geometric design or just simply placing them randomly around the house. Yes, you can plan randomness; just look at the administration of George W. Bush…nothing but a random series of bad decisions.
But back to decorating your house’s walls with framed photographs. The best way to approach decorative artworks on the wall is to place them on the floor in the arrangement you plan to translate over to the wall. Allow the floor to become your avatar, if you will. (Seriously, did anyone actually make it all the way through Avatar? I’m not buying it. Snoresville, U.K., to cob from a Clash song and make it my own.) The floor becomes your avatar or metaphor for your wall. Check out a part of your floor that is equal to the size of the wall on which you plan to hang your pictures. If you are using a decoratively decorated carpet, cut out some brown plastic bags to put down on the floor to more avatarally reproduce the look of your wall. You then experiment with decorating your house’s wall with framed photographs by arranging them on the floor where you can more easily manipulate them.
Don’t end with the transformation of you floor into a metaphor for your wall. Get a piece of paper and make a sketch of the ideal grouping of the pictures. Get a measuring tape or rule and measure precisely how far apart from each other your pictures are in their decorative shape on the floor. Doing these two things will result in a much more accurate transformation of pictures on the floor into pictures on a wall.
The old rules are dead; long live the non-king! It used to be standard interior design idiomatic maxim that decorating your walls with pictures meant hanging them at eye level. This, thankfully, is no longer the case. In other words, it doesn’t take iconoclastic rebel to place a row of pictures high on the wall about an inch below the level of ceiling. You also no longer have to be a Situationist to frame a picture on the wall and then stencil or rubber stamp a thought balloon that suggests what the subject of the photograph is thinking or saying. Here is the best news that could ever come from the too-strict world of interior design: there are no more rules about decorating your house’s walls with framed photographs. Whatever kind of design appeals to you is available and no one can say boo!