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Daring to Decorate with Large Wall Art

May 4, 2016 / Decorate

When it comes to interior design, I’ve discovered a large landscape canvas, stately wall-sized mural or fabulously over-sized piece will bring an eye-catching look to any space. It can change the feel of not just any room, but your entire home. If you’re like me and adventuresome enough to take the plunge, I’ve got some tips and tricks for working with large art to make your home decor stunning.

Where to Hang your New Treasure

Start by choosing your art and where you want to hang it. We understand hanging a large statement piece can be daunting. Never fear! They can add drama to a small wall, create a focal point in a grand entrance, or even bring an extravagant gallery feel to your living room. If it’ll fit, you’ll create a powerful, engaging look that you will love.

Keep in mind what already exists in the space. The simpler the surrounding decor the more your oversized art can be the center of attention. If you’re starting out with a blank space, you can set the tone for an entire room, home or even a fun office space with a gorgeous, extra-large canvas or print as your focal point. It’s the perfect inspiration.

Let a Pro Inspire You

One of our beloved Customers, Jill Van Sickle, is a pro at finding space for pieces of all shapes and sizes. Specifically she helps clients fill spaces with stunning, large statement pieces.

Horse Painting in Canvas Floater Picture Frame

When the piece is this beautiful, is almost easy to hang without fear! And once you’re equipped with all the tips and tools you need, it should be a breeze! That’s where I come in.

How to Frame Oversized Art

Maybe you found a hidden gem at a flea market, inherited a family heirloom or decided to create your own masterpiece to be framed (we can help you with that). When you’re looking for the ideal picture frame, size isn’t the issue. You want one that matches your style and complements the piece to be framed. But a larger piece of art is heavier so you’ll want a little extra support in the frame – moulding that is medium, wide or extra wide is the best way to go!

So how wide is wide enough? I live by an easy rule of thumb: for very large pieces, I choose a picture frame that’s at least 3" wide. (Of course, if you order a complete printed and framed presentation from us, you never have to worry – we’ll install special reinforcements on all larger pieces, and they’ll arrive at your door fully assembled and ready to hang.)

Large Poster Custom Framed in brown frame in sitting room

Insider tip: To decrease the weight of the finished picture frame and make it easier to hang, choose Acrylic instead of glass. We offer Acrylic as an add-on to our frames, including non-glare, heavy-duty and UV protective versions. If you’re asking, why Acrylic? Well, it’s a lightweight, shatter-proof plastic that has actually replaced glass in many ways. Believe it or not, what you are looking though in big aquariums around the world is Acrylic! It’s also used for windows in submarines and fiber optics in flat-screen TVs. So it’s a great option for large pieces as it stands up to age and normal wear or tear from moving, while remaining lightweight for hanging.

Now, back to business! If you get a picture frame and Acrylic from us (and it is not already assembled and ready to hang), it will have a plastic covering (depending on the Acrylic you choose, this covering may look blue, white, or brown) that protects it during shipping. Simply peel it off and, voila! For oversized pieces, I’d recommend the Heavy-Duty Clear or Premium UV protective Acrylic (they’re the same thickness). If you’re going larger than 24" x 36", consider getting a thicker Acrylic for increased stability and Foamcore Backing to make sure your piece has extra support.

The Nuts & Bolts of Hanging Your Piece

Hanging oversized art calls for a slightly different approach than the smaller pieces you might have hung in the past. But no worries, it’s still easy. First things first, you need the right hardware. Rather than a screw eye hook, which is most commonly used for hanging art, I suggest using a D-Ring for larger pieces. A D-Ring (named for its shape) attaches to the back of the picture frame and creates a stronger foundation for hanging.

Picture Frame D-Ring Hardware
Picture Frame Screw Eye

Depending on how large you go, heavy-duty hanging wire and hooks might also be needed. These keep oversized art more secure on the wall. Should you choose to go this route, check the specs of the wire you are using to be safe; it will list a break point that can be translated to max frame size. For more information about hanging hardware click here and to learn more about size and weight specifics this is a great resource. (NOTE: if you print and frame your extra-large art with us, this will be taken care of – it arrives at your door fully assembled with all the hanging supplies needed!)

Heavy-duty Hanging Hook
Regular Hanging Hook

For the heaviest pieces, it’s best to anchor your hanging hook directly to a stud. If your art is going to be placed where people are likely to bump into it, you can also use a cleat hanger system (you can find these at your local hardware store. You can also request one be installed on a picture frame being handled by pf.com. If you’re doing it yourself, they’re a little more work to install, but they’ll hold up just about anything and prevent your masterpiece from tilting (I can’t be the only one who’s a little nuts about keeping art looking straight...).

And now for the best part – it’s your turn! Take that oversized masterpiece you love (or create a new one) and make a statement for your space. Show me how it turned out on any of our social channels (don’t forget to tag us and use #FramingJoy). I can’t wait to see what you create!