The Art of Hanging Art

1. Eye level is the right level.
– Note whether it’s a standing room or a sitting room.
– Have someone hold the art against the wall, start with the center of the art at about 5 ½ feet from the floor, then adjust up or down.

2. Measure twice – hang once.
– Make a small pencil mark on the wall at the top center of the frame.
– Then pull the wire toward the top of the frame and measure the distance from the top of the frame to the wire or hanger.
– Go back to the wall and measure down from the pencil mark, make another mark and insert picture hanger into the wall.
– Use the right hanger based on the walls composition & the weight of the art.
(Picture Hanger Options) (AS Hanging System) (Hercules Hook)

3. Placement:
– Scale is important.
– Larger pieces can stand alone.
– Smaller pieces should be placed on a small wall or grouped.
– If it’s a piece you need to see of close to appreciate, hang it where people can walk directly up to it to view the detail.
– When hanging art over a mantel, furniture, sofa…. the general rule is to leave the length of one hand in between the bottom of the art and the item.

4. Create a grouping:
– Mix prints, paintings, photos, or group by artist, theme, color or frame.
– Choose pieces of varying shapes and sizes, horizontal and vertical.
– If all the same use a laser level to line up the tops or bottoms of the art.
– Think of the grouping as one large piece of art – and center it in the space.
– The width of the frame can indicate the spacing between pieces.
– Mock it up on the floor before you hang it on the wall. This gives you the chance to re-arrange it without putting holes in your walls.
– Take a second look to make sure the grouping is well balanced. Heavier and lighter pieces, color spread – rearrange until you feel it’s balanced.
– For Staircases, hang your art pieces in an upward angle. Use larger pieces as focal points, and compliment with smaller pieces. Hang at varying heights, but keep the spacing between them the same to create a balanced look.

5. Leaning Art/Easels:
– You don’t have to hang every piece of art on the wall – lean one or a few pieces of art on a mantel or a shelf. Try an easel for an artistic look.

6. Buy/Hang art YOU love. Art that reflect your interests, memories & personality.

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2 responses to “The Art of Hanging Art

  1. I have a large mirror in my office, a room where people mostly sit, and I wonder how high it should be. I currently have it considerably lower than I would for a room where people mostly stand, and I am thinking of moving it higher, but am not sure how high to go so it will work for both sitters and standers.

    • Hi Betty,
      You did good! Always hang art for the purpose of the room. If it’s an entry way, hang at standing heigth, if it’s a dining room hang at sitting heigth. An easy way to get an approximate location to hang is to place the palm of your hand on the wall, with the heel of your hand just above the sofa, buffet, table, desk, etc and then hang the wall art where the bottom of the art is just above your finger tips. Most people hang art way to high! Remembe it is art and you want to enjoy it so hang it where it can be enjoyed!
      Best of luck!

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