How to Hang a Parallax Picture

You've never had a print like this before. The specific two image nature of the wall art differs from that of normal picture hangings. Let's talk a little about how to hang your custom wall art from Parallax.

In order to avoid the possibility of placing your Parallax image somewhere where it won't match the rest of your home décor, We've decided to lay some basic tips and bits of advice for hanging it.

Let's get started.

What to consider before hanging your custom art

Here are some questions to ask yourself before putting up your lenticular art.

Does the subject matter fit the space?

Consider whether or not the subject matter of the images is relatable to the room or the other images you might place around it.

If your Parallax art has images of your restoration project of a classic car, but you want to hang this in your living room amongst your family pictures, it might be a bit out of place.

Will my wall color or decor clash?

Consider whether or not the color of the images are too bright or harsh against your home wall colors.

Also, consider the colors of any decor or wall art hung around it. If you have neons present in your Parallax, it might be a little odd next to pictures that have more traditional hues.

You don't want something unfitting hanging in a room meant to feel cozy or welcoming.

What frame color is best for my setting?

Currently, Parallax offers two frame colors: onyx black and farmhouse white.

Parallax frame options in farmhouse white and onyx black

With these colors, it completely depends upon the theme of the room and the color of your walls.

Luckily, the folks over at Framebridge say that a relaxed approach is best for finding the perfect frame color.

Don't stress too hard, follow their steps, and you'll find the right tone.

How to hang lenticular wall art

Here's my top tips on actually hanging your new wall art:

Avoid hanging where it will be looked at head on

A Parallax picture is meant to be a moving piece of art. What I mean by this is that as you move the image shifts from one picture to the next. This is probably one of the main reasons you're thinking of buying one or have already ordered one!

Because of this when you look at the image directly face on, it will be distorted. You will see pieces of both images at once instead of the whole of one image or the other.

Parallax Picture of Car Restoration

This is very important when it comes to displaying your custom art.

We HIGHLY recommend against hanging the piece in a location where the viewer will be looking at it from a stationary position.

Avoid:

  • Above your mantel
  • In your dinning room or living room (places where you would be seated looking at it)
  • A bathroom
  • Above your bed

Perfect for passageways and thoroughfares

We talked about where it shouldn't be hung, but what about where it should?

Since Parallax art plays on the idea of moving images, it is best to put the art in a place of movement.


Any place where you move past the frame is perfect!

  • Hallways
  • Stairways
  • Thoroughfares
  • Any place where you walk back and forth vs just sit or stand

Positioning your art in one of these places allows you to get the most out of the effect of lenticular art.

Hang to your eye level

The picture should be at a level where people's line of sight is most likely going to be perfectly perpendicular to the image.

This is so that the picture can be effortlessly brought into focus without a certain amount of gymnastics to line up all the pieces.

Again, the key is to position it where people can easily see and grasp the change between photos as they pass.

Wall anchor or nail?

Both! Either! Take your pick!

We have experimented with both options on all of our art and have had no issues with either one.

If you want an extra level of security or maybe live in an area where earthquakes are a thing, opt for the wall anchor.

If you don't want to make large holes in your wall or want the freedom to move your art around at your whim, nail all the way.

Tips for hanging art on your walls

I am no professional hanger i.e.: some person living my dream life where I am a museum curator, buuuuuut I was a Navy brat growing up, and after over 13 relocations my mom has gotten pretty incredible at hanging her décor.

Here are the tips and tricks I picked up from her. Thanks mom!

Mama O's guide to hanging art

What you will need:

  • Your nails, wall anchors, hooks, etc.
  • a measuring tape
  • a hammer
  • a level
  • a pencil

The process:

Step 1:

Measure the length from the bottom of hook, slot, or picture wire to the top of your frame.

Note: If you are using picture wire, make sure the measuring tape is pulling the wire taut. You want to measure the distance from where the nail will sit on the back of the photo to the top of the frame.

Using your pencil, jot down the measurement on the back of your frame somewhere.

Be precise. No rounding on this one. If the distance measures 2 3/8" mark that down.

Step 2:

Select where you want to hang your art (eye level is always great) and make a small mark with the pencil on the wall at the center of the frame.

Step 3:

Measure the distance you previously recorded on the wall from the mark you made when selecting where you want your art and make a new mark on your wall. This will be the exact point you want to hammer in your nail.

Wall Hanging

 

Step 4:

Hammer in your nail on the second mark you have made (or attach your wall anchor).

At this point, you can erase your first pencil mark.

Full disclosure, I only worry about this if the mark is visible. Most of the time the dot it too small to see at a distance or the top of the frame covers it from eyesight.

Step 5:

Hang your art on the hook and use your level to make sure it is nice and centered where it should be.

Conclusion

That's all for our best practices for hanging your Parallax custom wall art.

Be sure to read about best practices for uploading pictures for your Parallax image and ideas for Parallax image themes.

I hope this helps you place your custom wall art where it can really tell your story.