If you’re like most people, one of the biggest challenges in decorating your home is actually how and where to hang your pictures. You’ve spent time carefully selecting and framing your artwork, you get it home…now what?! Where are the magical frame hanging elves to do your bidding?
There are a few things to consider when beginning the process of hanging artwork and I’m going to lay it out in some simple, easy to follow guidelines.
- First and foremost, relax! Even if you make a mistake or decide you don’t like something, EVERYTHING is fixable. The worst thing that can happen is you may have to do some touch up here and there. So don’t fret too much.
- Make sure the size of the artwork makes sense for the size of the wall. Smaller pictures should either go in smaller spaces, or be grouped together with other pictures to form a cohesive unit for a larger space. Large scaled pictures need to go in a space big enough to accommodate them.
- Don’t hang pictures too high. This is a very common error. The general rule is that art should be hung at “eye level”, which averages out to 57″ from the floor. (The center of the piece.) This is a general guideline and may have to be adjusted if you are particularly tall (like me – I’m 5’10”. I just walked around my house measuring the center of all my pictures and a lot of them are closer to 59″ or 60″.) Or the rule may have to be adjusted to accommodate for mantles, furniture, or particularly tall ceilings.
- Hang pictures so that the bottom comes at least 6″ – 8″ above the top of furniture. Much lower starts to look too crowded, and any higher begins to look disjointed.
- If possible, have someone hold up the picture for you where you think you want it to go. This is the best way to step back and visualize the piece from farther away without having to put a nail hole in the wall quite yet.
An example of pictures hung too high –
Notice how the tops of the pictures are almost touching the ceiling. You’d have to strain your neck to look at these. Much too high.
ALMOST right –
These are much closer to being hung correctly, but personally I would have hung them about 3″ lower to integrate them into the room better.
Very well balanced –
Here are a couple of fun examples to show how spacious and complete rooms can look when the wall space is utilized properly and with creativity.
For a more detailed look at how to arrange multiple pictures on the same wall, check out this article –