You’re keen to tart up your walls with pictures or mirrors, but not sure where to start? No problem – we’ll walk you through it…
1 Decipher the type of wall you have (solid or hollow), and ensure you’ve got suitable fixings to support the weight of the object you’re hanging.
2 Use a stud detector to locate cables and pipes behind the surface of the wall, and avoid drilling above and below light switches and plug sockets as that’s often where cables run.
[Images: Mirror Accent Wall by Tine K Home; Metal Heart Mirror on Rope Hanger, £24.95 at livelaughlove]
3 Hold the item against the wall. Using a spirit level, check that it’s level. Mark on the wall the top corners of the item, then measure the halfway point between the two markings.
4 On the reverse of the frame, pull the cord/wire taut in the centre and measure the distance from cord apex to the top of the frame. Transfer this measurement to the wall by measuring down from the central mark. This is where you will position the hook.
5 For lightweight pieces, nail a picture hook in place. Ensure that the hook rather than the nail position corresponds to the mark on the wall. For heavier pictures on a masonry wall, drill a hole with a masonry bit. A size 7 wall plug is ideal, so drill hole to the appropriate size. Push the wall plug into the hole so that it is flush with the wall. Screw the fixing in place, ensuring the head is left protruding a few millimetres from the wall. For a hollow wall, insert a carpenter's awl into the plaster to see if the fixing positions are over a timber stud or the hollow part of the wall. If the marks are over a timber stud position, insert the screw directly into the wall, and the stud. This will give a secure point to hang the picture on.
6 Check that your piece is level and adjust if necessary.