Get a frame
Notice above I said, "frame." Your home isn’t a dorm room, and frames can take a photo that might otherwise be a five and turn it into a seven or eight. It’s like you're Richard Gere and that custom Queens of the Stone Age print is Julia Roberts. It looks a little rough by itself, tacked up to your wall, but dress it up in a nice, sleek black frame and voila! And you don’t need to break the bank to get a good frame job -- IKEA has some great options.
Now you're ready to nail it Okay, you’ve picked the room, the wall, and the art. You've got this.
- Starting from the ground up, measure to 57in (or up to 63in, depending on preference) and mark it with a pencil.
- Measure the height of your frame and divide it by half -- this is the location that will sit centered on the 57in mark you just made. (For example, if your frame is 18in, the center point is at 9in.)
- Your frame will either have a wire to hang it on, or you can use the frame itself. Either way, measure how far down the nail will sit from the top of the frame. Usually it's about 1 or 2in. Now subtract this amount from your center point. (For example, 9in-2in is 7in.)
- Add that much space directly above your 57in center point, and mark it with your pencil. That's the spot where you nail your nail!
Once hung, you can use a level to make sure your art is perfect, but eyeballing usually works fine. Now prepare to have your rooms rivaled by only the finest European art galleries.
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Alex Robinson is a writer and editor at Thrillist Media Group. He once framed a napkin that had a drawing of a tree that a random stranger gave him in Costa Rica. He doesn't know why. Follow him on Twitter.