installation and placement tips for artwork and mirrors

Wall mounted items like artwork and mirrors are often the last pieces to install, but that doesn’t mean they should be an afterthought.

Without the right preparation, you run the risk of encountering potential damages or producing improper aesthetics. Use these handy tips to make sure your hangable FF&E items measure up.

Plan Out Your Space

Choosing the correct size and placement is imperative for both the function and design of wall mounted items. Each room should have a focal point or wall. The scale of the pieces is key to the overall effect – when in doubt, bigger is better. An art piece that’s too small will make the design look sparse, so it’s best not to cut corners. For placement, you should position hangable decor 6-12 inches above furniture consoles. Be sure to consider the space lighting as well, as it is essential for successful installation and your final product.

As with all aspects of hospitality design, proper planning is critical to your property’s success. Before installation, be sure to mark the hardware entry points in pencil or with post-its to guarantee that the pieces will look and function properly.

Keep Everything Safe and Secure

Protecting hangable items from destruction or theft is crucial. Security hardware such as a z-clip or three-point locking hardware will keep your products in place under any circumstance, but especially in a commercial setting. When procuring wall mounted items, verify that your provider includes security hardware with the purchase. More massive pieces will require more intense security measures like attachment to wood or metal blocking in the wall. Select design documentation will show where to place blocking so it coordinates with the items.

You’ll also want to consider guest safety when installing hangable items, like mirrors and sliding barn doors, as the guest will interact with them regularly. For instance, when you order mirrors for your property, it’s best to choose safety glass surfaces to prevent injury if an accident occurs.

Put Your Pieces Where It Counts

Minimalism is one of the latest trends to take hotel art and the rest of the hospitality industry by storm. We’ve learned that you don’t need to clutter walls with framed hangable art pieces to make a statement. In fact, it’s more important to design the statement with thoughtful consideration and careful planning than to provide artwork and accessories on every wall.

There are plenty of different mediums to choose from when deciding upon artwork and accessories. Printing on metal, wood, acrylic, glass, wallcovering and more can create a unique visual appeal for your property. A digital, interactive experience can bring in not only travelers to your hotel, but locals as well. Many boutique and lifestyle hotel properties have moved away from boring pieces of framed artwork, instead opting to create more of an experience. A hashtag moment in your lobby is a lot of fun and can be a differentiator for your property in the market.

When you choose wall mounted items for your property, you’ll want to make sure that you’re up to the task. Our design and procurement specialists are here to guide you every step of the way. Contact Innvision Hospitality today to get started!