You remember the picture wall above the girl's bed? It's gone! I was really struggling with it feeling unbalanced and just sort of off. (When you are not a formally trained interior designer, you tend to go by feel, not rules.) :)
I also thought the one wall full of shelves was making the room feel heavy.
I moved the shelves to either side of the window, moved the sewing machines to the same wall, and created a new picture wall. The last time I did the picture wall it took me 4 tries, and a million holes. This time, I had a blast! It felt right, and I only had one misplaced nail!
Moral of this story... Go with your gut. If it is not working, maybe you should stop and regroup.
When I did the wall the first time I used pieces of paper the same size as the picture and then taped them on the wall in the placement I liked. It was tricky to figure out where to put the nail, and it required a lot of measuring.
This time I went with my tried and true method..Toothpaste!
Put a little dab of toothpaste right on the end of picture hook.
Take your picture and hold it up where you want it without touching the wall. I do much better with eyeballing it. Once it is were you want it, gently tap the frame against the wall. You will leave a little toothpaste mark on the wall.
Hammer your nail right were your toothpaste mark is.
Wipe the toothpaste off the wall.
Wipe the toothpaste off the frame.
Hang your picture!
If you have multiple hooks on the back of the picture this works great. You can easily fit the nails perfectly in each hook.