My husband and I recently schedules a photo session of our own. That’s right, we got on the other side of the camera. Somehow 5 years had flown by since our wedding day and we hadn’t had any professional photos taken since! So I reached out to my talented friend Tiff, of Tiffany Scarlatto Photography, and she did a really awesome job for us.
As a photographer who sells wall art books and albums, I could not wait to get our photos printed. I knew I wanted a book with all my favorites from our session but I also wanted a few prints on our bedroom wall.
I wanted this to be perfect, and to learn how it’s done so that I can help my my Families get their art on their walls. First, I researched YouTube videos and looked into hooks and hangers. I had lightweight Metal prints and the hanging apparatus was an inset metal frame with a wire.
Here’s my process start to finish:
- Picked the space I wanted to decorate
- Decided what type of wall art best fit that space and taste
- Previewed different sizes and configurations within that space and picked our favorite
- Experimented with different images in our selected configuration
- Researched the ideal type of hangers for our art and wall and methods to ensure everything was spaced correctly and hanging straight
- Hung our wall art
1. The space
Everyone’s style and taste varies a bit so there’s no “right” answer on where to hang photos in your home or what types of art are best for you. We have a few walls in our home that are a bit bare and I wanted to fill with photos.
- Our living room above the couch
- Our spare bedroom that my grandkids use often
- Above the headboard in our bedroom
I might get around to hanging photos in other places but these were tops on my list to decorate.
In this case the photos were of my husband and I. We really wanted to enjoy them in our bedroom since its our own personal space together. I’m saving my living room wall for photos of the kids and grandkids because I want them to see themselves and feel loved and important.
Is there a space in your home you’d like to decorate with photos of you with your loved ones?
2. Types of Wall Art
After choosing the wall space I wanted to fill, the most important thing was to decide which type of wall art. There are so many options these days, from the traditional framed prints, to canvas wraps, to the latest trends in Metal, Wood, and Acrylic. Your home decor and personal style preferences will help direct you to the right options for you.
Bob and I decided that we loved the clean and modern look of metal prints best. They are available framed but we preferred them unframed. They come in glossy and matte and we wanted the pop of the glossy finish.
3. Configuration Options
Next we had to decide on the configuration. I uploaded a cell phone photo of my wall and experimented with different arrangements, sizes and images in the iPad app that I use with my clients. It was fun sharing some of my layout ideas on Facebook with my friends and family and they helped me narrow them down. Below are the finalists.
Trying the various photo sizes and arrangements on our wall gave us a true preview of how the various sizes would fill the space. This helped us make our decision confidently. We both liked an arrangement of 3 photos with the center one being larger than the others. So our final configuration was a 16×16 arranged on either side of a 20×30 in landscape orientation.
4. Select the Photos
The iPad App let me try all my favorite photos to see which ones looked best together in the configuration we selected. I picked out an arrangement I liked, but Bob wanted to change up the photos a bit. The app made this easy and quick and I found I really liked the look with the photos he chose.
5. Research How to Videos
I knew I needed a little help with getting photos onto the wall without making a mess of it. Watching a few videos made me feel more confident and helped me decide how to approach my project.
I had 3 photos I wanted to make sure were lined up and evenly spaced and I needed tips on how to accomplish that. Here are a few of the videos that I found really helpful.
- Top 5 Picture Hanging Tips by Coral Hoyt
- How to Hang Artwork the Right Way by Erikka Dawn Interiors
- How to Hang Pictures by Lowe’s Home Improvement
I shopped Home Depot for my hooks and referred to the packaging and instructions to find hooks that would work well for the…
- weight of my prints: very lightweight
- style of my hanger: wire
- type of wall: drywall
6. Hang them on the wall
After the prints arrived, I literally could not wait to get them on the wall. I got to work the very next day. This part of the process only took me about 20 minutes. I’m thinking that if I did it more frequently it would have gone a little faster.
Tools for the job
- Tape Measure
- Painters Tape
- High & Mighty Tool-Free Wall Hangers
- Hang & Level Picture Hanging Tool purchased on amazon.
What I did
Here’s how I got my own 3 prints on the wall. The YouTube videos above offer so many tips and tricks with lots of different types of hangers. I can’t wait to do this again in my living room!
- I marked off the area with painters tape where I wanted to center the entire configuration. Breaking the 2/3rds rule but I used the edges of my headboard for my left and right borders.
- Then I found the center of that space using my measure, marked it with a pencil, then placed another strip of tape to mark it.
- I used my hang and level tool to place my center piece at the height I wanted above my headboard and marked that spot.
- I pushed the hanger into the wall where my mark was. It was SO easy to push into the drywall!I’ve read that it can be harder with some types of drywall and that they aren’t meant for plaster.
- I used the hang and level tool to place the second piece at the height I wanted; centered within the height of the first piece. I used my tape measure to make sure it was exact.
- I repeated the process on the other side at the same distance from the center piece.
I could not wait to show Bob the final result. Thanks too COVID-19 he was working from home, so I only had to wait until he got a break between meetings. He was really impressed! In his words, the metal prints are “sick”. Which is a good thing. Trust me. 😂 I think he was also pretty happy to have me take over the task of hanging them.
If you’ve purchased photo sessions from me in the past, but haven’t ever put your images on your wall, give me a call! I’d be happy to take you through everything from designing the right configuration for your space to selecting great images, to helping you install them in your home! Give me a call or send me an email!