Good Questions: How Do We Hang Art Here?

Good Questions: How Do We Hang Art Here?

Maxwell Ryan
Sep 12, 2006

Hello AT,

My husband and I moved into a new place a couple months ago, and have a dilemma that we haven't been able to solve.

We have a lot of blank space on one wall of our living room and we want to hang something in it – but the space distribution is weird and we're unsure how to handle part of the wall that's actually part of a mini-hallway....

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Here's the wall in question. As you walk toward the kitchen (doorway on the left) there is a door to your left providing access to the World's Smallest Bathroom.

And here is the other angle, which gives you a sense of what sort of space we have to work with.

The dilemma: If we hang something to the left of the television, we fear it will feel half in-the-room, half out-of-the-room. If we hang something over the television, we fear it will be too high and will make the wall look lopsided. The only idea we've had that hasn't been dismissed out-of-hand is to mount a ledge at or around the height of the bottom of the transoms and run it from the doorway to the right of the TV to the doorway into the kitchen.

On that ledge, we'd set carefully-selected framed art, etc. We're hoping it would unite what is essentially a transitional space and wouldn't look bad if only partially visible (as it will be from most angles).

Let me anticipate two suggestions: (1) No, we can't move the TV stand to the left, it will crowd the doorway to the kitchen and be off-balance with the couch & chair (not pictured), and (2) Yes, this is the only arrangement of our furniture this room will allow. The lot our house sits on is only 15' wide, and behind the wall in question are the stairs to the second floor -- making this room a total of 10' 8" wide. Here's a picture of the layout of the room before we moved in.

Can't wait to hear your ideas!

Shannon & Jason


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