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Interior decorating should be a great experience for you and your family – from re-arranging furniture, re-painting, or adding wall art to a room, interior design is a complex but invigorating experience. Homeowners often start to worry when they consider hanging wall art. Concerns about damaging the wall, the use of nails, or even if a piece is too heavy – homeowners often sacrifice an ideal addition to their home based on concerns that are easily manageable.

1. Mirrors

A common heavy piece, often overlooked by homeowners, are mirrors. There is a wide variety of mirror options to hang in and around your home – and they’re a classic that we definitely recommend. Unfortunately, high-quality mirrors tend to be heavy and the fear of shattering a mirror is enough to turn any homeowner away. Luckily, you can also get lighter options such as an Acrylic Mirror from Simply Plastics. There are plenty of hanging options that can help homeowners tackle these heavy art projects. Reach out to your local home improvement store for additional advice, but don’t sacrifice the soul of your home based on fear of heavy hanging art.

2. Metal (anything)

Hanging metal art is intimidating – but not because it’s impossible, or really even that difficult – but rather because it seems that way. The trick to hanging metal artwork lies in your ability to weigh it. From there, you can determine the hanger option that would work best for your piece, home, and wallet.

Depending on the type of hanging system you choose, another important step is finding the appropriate wall stud to hang your art on. Lowe’s offers a wide variety of tools and advice to assist in this step.

3.  Large Wood Items

Similarly to large metal items, wood items can make a great feature piece in any home. Hanging large art, such as the one above, should only be intimidating if you haven’t taken the time to research different hanging systems available. Hanging systems can vary depending on the size, weight, and material of what is being displayed.

3. Large Items

Not all heavy art is designed out of different materials – often times, beautiful artwork is heavy due to its size. As we mentioned before, size is an important factor when deciding how and where to hang your wall-art. For example, large center art pieces that are commonly used in living rooms and bedrooms don’t hold up well with the classic “nail-in-the-wall” style of hanging – you may need to utilize a hanging rail or hooks.

4. Floating Shelves (of all material)

An increasingly popular trend are floating shelves, or hanging shelves. They’re, generally, open faced and can be used in kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms, or even bathrooms. Floating shelves are designed out of a variety of different materials, impacting their size and weight, so it’s important to research different hanging methods for these as well.

5. Chandeliers

Chandeliers are a beautiful accent to any home and there are a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors available to choose from. For safety purposes, as these are quite heavy, we recommend that you do your research on the best ways to hang chandeliers or even reach out to your local home improvement store for assistance.

6. Aquariums

Yes, you read that correctly. Some homeowners go as far as installing hanging aquariums in their home. This is a modern look and will definitely make your home the talk of the town, in a good way! Take a look at these step-by-step instructions on how to use your aquarium as wall art.

As a homeowner, especially if you’re in the midst of a redesign project in your home, research is always important! We recommend becoming well-versed in the different hanging methods for any sort of art, heavy or not. Being well-prepared here will reduce potential damage to your interior and exterior walls and will provide you with the most aesthetically pleasing options available.