Some tips and inspiration for hanging artwork and photography!

Some tips and inspiration for hanging artwork and photography!

We'll give you some tips for making your Hong Kong-inspired prints look amazing on your walls!
Ask the Author - Stefan Irvine Reading Some tips and inspiration for hanging artwork and photography! 7 minutes

Hanging your Hong Kong-inspired prints adds a personalised element to any decor and a way to make a space your own. We’ll give you some tips and inspiration to do this!

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You Can Leave Hong Kong, But It Never Leaves You!

What an incredible way to remember this brilliant place! Whether you are buying Hong Kong-inspired illustrations, prints or photography to decorate your apartment in Hong Kong or gifting it to someone who is leaving it will definitely make a lasting impression!

What is the best way to hang prints? How high do you hang a picture? What height should pictures be hung? Below, we offer up all the wall photo decoration ideas and tips you need to display your hanging pictures and prints in the best ways possible.

Flattening Your Print

While most of the prints will come in flat envelopes some of the larger sized unframed prints may come in a tube. Before we look at how to hang it, let’s take a look at the first and most important thing you do when your print is delivered, flattening it out. Here's how:

Step 1: Find a clean and dry space in your home. Wearing cotton gloves, lay the map flat. Keep the curling side facedown (the back of the print) and cover with the smoothed-out-tissue that your print came in. 

Step 2: Weigh down the map to flatten it completely. Books are a good choice to distribute weight evenly. Get as many as you can to cover the print and remember to make sure the objects are clean before you place them on your print. 

Step 3: Leave the weights in place for 24 hours to correct the curling.. Keep your post in a safe spot as you flatten it. 

Step 4: Remove the weights and check your map has flattened fully. Your Hong Kong print should now be ready to frame!


Framing Your Print

  1. We do offer a framing service for prints should you want us to do the work for you. However, some people like to do it themselves.

  2. We recommend for the most cost effective framing to go to IKEA and get some of their black or white RIBBA frames. They come in all sizes and the majority of our prints fit them.

  3. IKEA frame sizes to fit your print with mount:
    A6 Picture Size 105 x 148mm Frame Size 10 x 15 cm
    A5 Picture Size 148 x 210mm Frame Size with mount 18 x 24 cm
    A4 Picture Size 210 x 297mm Frame Size with mount 30 x 40 cm
    A3 Picture Size 297 x 420mm Frame Size with mount 40 x 50 cm

  4. If you would like to get something framed by a professional then we can recommend our framer, Wing Ching Cheung, who can be found at Shop-3, 51 Gough Street.

What Height Should I Hang My Print?

Now that we've got the basics down, let's talk about hanging your prints or pictures. It can be a bit tricky, especially if you’re not naturally great at eyeballing things. But don’t worry—there are plenty of tools to help you get it right and decorate your space just the way you like it. For example, a level can make sure everything is straight, and a measuring tape will help you figure out exactly where to place each piece of art or decor.

So, what's the best height for hanging prints on the wall? Well, a good rule of thumb is to aim for eye level, which is about 57 inches from the ground. This means the middle of the frame should be at this height, especially in areas where people often walk by.

If you’re hanging bigger prints or longer pictures, like those gorgeous portrait styles, you might want to hang them a bit higher—around 60 inches—so the bottom of the frame doesn’t end up too low. Happy decorating!

 

What is the Best Distance Between Pictures on a Wall?

This largely depends on your personal style and preferences. Personalised wall hangings, like gallery walls, often don't follow strict rules. However, spacing photos 2 to 6 inches apart usually looks the best.

The ideal spacing can also vary based on factors such as whether you use a frame, the size of the frame, the artwork itself, and whether it's a mounted or hanging canvas.

Hong Kong Lights Up photograph

How Far From the Furniture Do I Hang My Print?

If you want to hang your print on the wall above a piece of furniture, a good rule of thumb is to position it about 8 to 10 inches above the furniture. This way, it's low enough to enjoy while sitting, yet not awkwardly high or in the way.

Don't forget to use a leveling tool to make sure everything is perfectly straight; this is crucial for achieving a polished and professional look in any room.

Another key tip is to ensure the prints or pictures are centered over the furniture for a flawless, symmetrical, and eye-catching display.

Hanging 2 or More Pictures Side by Side

For one wall, hanging prints side by side can create a cohesive appearance. Just make sure they are consistent in spacing and height. With careful planning and attention to detail, a side-by-side arrangement can make a powerful visual statement.

Gallery Wall Ideas for Living Room

One of the most popular ideas for a photo wall includes a timeless gallery wall. A gallery wall can breathe life into your living room, turning an ordinary space into a curated exhibition of your favourite memories, artworks, and keepsakes. Start with a focal point, perhaps a large portrait, a cherished family photograph or a print from The Lion Rock Press, and build outwards using varying frame sizes and shapes. 

Experiment with colour by mixing monochromes, vibrant pieces, or maintaining a unified colour theme. Keep in mind that your gallery wall should reflect your personality and tell your unique story, so let your creativity shine as you design the perfect showcase for your wall!

Zodiac Divers print

Hallway Gallery Wall Ideas

Hallways, often overlooked, offer a unique opportunity to infuse personality, moments, and artistry into transitional spaces. A gallery wall here can transform a passageway into a visual journey. Opt for a linear arrangement to enhance the hallway's length, guiding the viewer's eye from one end to the other. At the same time, a single framed print can anchor the space, drawing visitors' attention as soon as they enter your home. 

Themes also work exceptionally well in such settings; for example a chronological display of family photos or travel memories could be displayed evolving with each step taken.

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