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Where Should I Hang My Wall Tapestry?

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In our last blog, we went over how to hang your wall tapestry. However, we may have gotten ahead of ourselves; after all, before you actually hang your tapestry, you have to decide where you want to hang it. For some, it will be immediately obvious where you want to hang your custom tapestry from Heirloom Tapestries; you may even have already had a location chosen in your mind when you commissioned your custom piece. However, even if you know where you initially thought you wanted to hang your tapestry, you might go to hang it and find that it is actually not going to work! Whether you commissioned a custom tapestry or selected an already-made tapestry from our cornucopia of beautiful woven wall art, finding the right spot in which to display your gorgeous masterpiece is often easier said than done. In this blog, we will go over factors you must consider when you are deciding where to hang your wall tapestry.

Your Space

The first thing you must consider above all else is where a wall tapestry will fit in your home. For some people with larger homes and a lot of wall space, this will hardly narrow down the options. For others, however, this will only give you a couple of options. Before you purchase a tapestry, it is advantageous to measure the walls of your home to determine the right size for your needs. If you already have your tapestry, it is likely that you will just want to pick the most spacious wall you have. If you want to truly put your tapestry on display for everyone to admire, you can attract more attention by hanging it with a lot of space around it. This will naturally draw the eye to admire your new tapestry. Therefore, when choosing where to hang your wall tapestry, consider which wall will not only fit the piece, but allow for space to surround it.

The Room’s Aesthetic

Once you have found a few options for where to hang the wall tapestry based on how much space a given wall has, you will want to consider how your tapestry goes with the rooms in which you can hang them. You want your tapestry to be noticeable, but not because it sticks out like a sore thumb. It should fit into the aesthetic of the room seamlessly. In order to accomplish this, it is advisable for you to hang your tapestry so that it is slightly behind a piece of furniture. For example, if you are hanging your wall tapestry above a couch, it should fall slightly behind the back of the sofa, about four inches below the top. If you find that you have a room where there is space for your wall tapestry, but it isn’t going to fit into the room’s aesthetic, it is better to look elsewhere.

The Tapestry’s Aesthetic

The subjects and styles of tapestries are as varied as the colorful threads from which they are woven. When hanging a tapestry, you want its placement to be in line with its aesthetics. For example, if you have a large wall tapestry of your family crest, you may consider hanging it in your front hall to communicate to guests the importance of your heritage. In contrast, if you have a tapestry that depicts an epic battle, it may be too violent or overwhelming in the front hall, and would better suit a study or library.

One thing I always say to customers is, “You’re not putting a stamp on an envelope when you purchase your tapestry!” In other words, the tapestry needs to fill more of the wall than a framed picture would, since there is no depth of frame with a tapestry. It is a different concept. It really needs to fill more of the available wall to look its best. After all, in Medieval days, a tapestry would cover most of the wall available. Whether you are looking for a custom tapestry or would prefer to pick from our wide selection of previously woven tapestries, shop Heirloom Tapestries to find the right woven art for your home. 

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