Consider this post the "Part B" to my last post about arranging a collection on your walls. . .
Whether you're hanging framed art or objects, in sets of two or four or more. . .
. . . horizontally or vertically. . .
. . . following a single line or a grid, the planning and placing is fairly straightforward—if the individual pieces are all the same size and shape. You measure and plot and level and hammer or drill and hang your collection in fairly short order.
Arrangements become more complicated when your collection consists of pieces of varying sizes, shapes and visual weight. For frames, a gallery system like the one below from Pottery Barn can simplify the process. The bonus here is that you can make changes easily should you tire of the order or any individual element.
If you wish to hang a collection of varying shapes and sizes directly on the wall in the salon style, as a vertical collage of sorts, you'll benefit from these tips I found at bhg.com.
Here's how to get a successful arrangement like the one you see above:
1) Trace each frame or object in the group onto brown kraft paper and cut out.
2) Label each cut-out with a description of the picture/object or a corresponding number.
3) Accurately mark on each paper cut-out the location of hanging hardware on the back of each frame or object.
4) Using blue painter's tape (its low-tack adhesive won't pull up wall paint), adhere the papers to the wall. Experiment with arrangements until you have one you like. (Here's an extra tip from me: arrange the actual art pieces on the floor nearby so you can see how each piece relates to the next in the order you have in mind. Paper shapes help you achieve a pleasing layout, but seeing the actual objects in those places gives you a better idea of the final look.)
5) Install picture-hanging hardware directly through the paper on the marks you made. Pull paper away and hang pictures one by one.
Even a very large arrangement can be achieved using this method. . .
. . .as you can see in these pics, above and below.
One more tip, for Melanie, who commented on my last post that she has a high-ceilinged wall to decorate in her new home, and would like to use plates somewhere too. . . the photo below combines these two ideas. A very tall wall decorated with a collection of plates in the same pattern becomes a striking focal point in this home's foyer. The paper cut-out method described here would be very useful in a space like this where avoiding mistakes means fewer climbs up and down the ladder.
Photo sources, top to bottom: pointclickhome.com, southernaccents.com, chrismadden.com, pointclickhome.com, potterybarn.com, bhg.com (x5)