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Snap to Grid

by habituallychic

11 . 25 . 09

When a group of artwork is of different sizes and shapes, they always look great hung gallery style. When artwork is the same size or a part of a series, there is nothing that makes a bigger impact than hanging them all together in a grid. They sometimes end up creating a larger work of art such as the multiple maps of Paris but even the framed botanicals and figure drawings can create the look of a larger piece of art. Of course, it’s harder to hang artwork evenly this way but it might be worth the expense to hire someone to help you since the final result is so dramatic. Even Elle Decor realizes the appeal of the grid since they often put them on their covers and on their pages! And if it’s good enough for them, it’s definitely good enough for me!

Alex Papachristidis in Elle Decor

Badgley Mischka in Elle Decor

David Netto

Ryan Korban for Alexander Wang

Jonathan Adler for Liz Lang

Nanette Lepore in Elle Decor

Sheila Bridges

Ruthie Sommers

Steven Gambrel

Thom Filicia

Ashley Whittaker

Steven Gambrel

Susan Ferrier in House Beautiful

Suzanne Rheinstein

Hal Williamson in House Beautiful

Amanda Nisbet

Lee Radziwill in Elle Decor

Steven Gambrel
Steven Volpe and Roth Martin in Elle Decor

Framed Elle magazines on The City

Top: Shelton, Mindel & Associates in Elle Decor

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  1. Anna November 25, 2009 | 3:44 am

    WOW..stunning..and so effective..thanks so much for sharing. Anna 🙂

  2. Lindsey Conrad - Nabors November 25, 2009 | 4:48 am

    I absolutely LOVE this look!!!!!!!! Such a statement yet can be simple at the same time depending on the art!! I so enjoyed looking at these photos! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Jane November 25, 2009 | 5:03 am

    Yes that looks brilliant I love the symmetry of it – your eye initially thinks they are all the same but then looks again and sees that each frame contains a slightly different picture – its the double take effect. Great use for lots of wall paper samples, and if mine ever arrive in the post that is what I plan to do with them!! xoxo

  4. Chris November 25, 2009 | 7:01 am

    there is chaos, beautiful chaos and of course there’s order, elegant order… balance and symmetry! sigh…beautiful 🙂

  5. Adventures in Dressmaking November 25, 2009 | 7:25 am

    Thanks for these ideas!! I have wanted to try the multiple art frame look in my dining room and it is nice to see new looks. I have sort of exhausted the Pottery Barn and Martha ideas already. Thanks!

  6. Quatrefoil Design November 25, 2009 | 10:57 am

    I love this look too – my husband is a perfectionist and does the best job at hanging items in a grid. I am definitely at the point, though, where I have a few too many grid like items, and need to focus on bigger pieces to balance it all out!

  7. Black Zebra November 25, 2009 | 11:39 am

    Heather..you’ve made my morning…this was simply -DELICIOUS.

  8. pve design November 25, 2009 | 12:41 pm

    I do love pictures hung in a grid format as well as a random eclectic arrangement. I recently spotted a frame, one large frame with a grid frame on top, so that one did not have to adjust. I have a friend who has a secret of securing those velcro dots so frames stay aligned! Funny, right?
    Enjoy your Thanksgiving.

  9. Tammy@InStitches November 25, 2009 | 1:12 pm

    I had to look at those pictures over and over…. they are really beautiful spaces. I can’t figure out if I like the missing one in the first pic or if it would bug me ! What do you think ?

  10. Linda/"Mom" November 25, 2009 | 1:58 pm

    * G’ morning, Heather, and THANK YOU for this WONDERFUL posting!…

    The three Steven Gambrel photos have “something” that, to me, is just “SPECIAL”… there’s just that “oooooh” in his approach that I truly admire!… And the Ashley Whitaker space is also just simple & stunning~~~ BOTH designers present their spaces in the most charming, comfy, welcoming and TOTALLY CHIC way~~~ I just LOVED it!!!

    Soooo again, Heather, THANK YOU!

    Linda in AZ *

  11. home before dark November 25, 2009 | 2:29 pm

    Love the grids and yes, hanging, them is a bit of nightmare. We hung botanicals “as wallpaper” and we are still married! It was not as bad as when I hung a series of mirrors on one wall and they had to be hung by chains so adjustments had to be made with a huge chain-cutting monster. And then there were the 24 of the Sid Dickens memory blocks…All looks smooth, ugly, ugly, ugly behind each piece of art!

  12. Ivy Lane November 25, 2009 | 2:31 pm

    printing and saving some of these! Thanks for another fab post!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  13. JEANNE-AELIA DESPARMET-HART November 25, 2009 | 2:32 pm

    Your post is focused, the choice of images is perfect, the title is so clever; bravo. I did a post on hanging pictures but this is so “pointu” and it is such a great look (it really appeals to my love of neatness and order…)I did the same thing with LP album covers but in a straight line all around a media room and will rehang them in a grid when I change. I love the impact. Thank you.

  14. lindaraxa November 25, 2009 | 3:28 pm

    What a wonderful post, and very timely. I just moved and was rethinking my Venetian prints in the bedroom. Unfortunately, i have low ceilings upstairs…tricky situation!

  15. soodie :: November 25, 2009 | 3:40 pm

    love this as i am a bit of a compulsive collector of prints. every room has a wall-to-wall series. nice to see these examples you’ve posted.

  16. Paula Grace Designs November 25, 2009 | 4:22 pm

    Love the symmetry and the quirks of some of them. The organization of art arranging in this manner can ground an eccentic room well.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    Paula Grace

    P.S. I am having a wonderful holiday giveaway on Monday ~ beautiful art glass ornaments ~ stop by 🙂

  17. Karena November 25, 2009 | 4:33 pm

    I am now excited to put up my collection of botanicals, grid style! So many wonderful images!

  18. Richie Designs November 25, 2009 | 5:30 pm

    it makes me SO happy when photos are perfectly lined up like so.

    the Rothko-esqu images in the top frame is my fav. I tore that out as soon as I saw it in the mag.

  19. jones November 25, 2009 | 6:13 pm

    Those neoclassical chairs (Russian?) in the Alex Papachristidis (sp?) photo are drop dead perfection! And set against the pale background are shown to their fullest. Thanks–Happy Thanksgiving!

  20. Gaj November 25, 2009 | 6:50 pm

    Grid = Good.
    Great collection of them Heather. Thanks.

  21. Emily Amy Gallery November 25, 2009 | 7:39 pm

    I absolutely love hanging artwork in a grid. 9 and 12 are both great numbers for that…works on paper are particularly stunning when they can all be framed the same way! Love the post!

  22. K November 25, 2009 | 9:28 pm

    Great collection of examples here. I love the look. And think it’s funny you used an example from The City 😀

  23. Shannon November 26, 2009 | 9:04 am

    Loving this post! It was just the inspiration I needed. I have a very large wall that is screaming for something and this grid style would be perfect!

  24. Gena D November 26, 2009 | 3:33 pm

    Great post – this is by far one of the most attractive ways to display a collection of “art” albeit time consuming to put up!!!!

  25. Elizabeth December 2, 2009 | 2:21 am

    Aha! excellent idea, I shall implement it soon 🙂
    Thank you!