How to Hang Art Like a Pro
Whether you're trying to figure out where to place a large-scale framed painting or you're planning a gallery wall to show off your family portraits, these tips and advice will take out the stress and guesswork of hanging art.
At Eye Level in the Living Room
The most common mistake is hanging art too high. In living rooms, people are usually sitting, so artwork should be lower. The golden rule is to hang art one hand width above the couch.
When deciding where to hang art, be sure to consider the amount of wall space available. Small pieces work best between windows and doors. With larger artwork, there should be enough room for people to step back and admire the piece.
Practice Makes for the Perfect Arrangement
Save yourself the frustration of hanging and rehanging artwork or groups of pieces by “drafting” where it should go. Use paper and painter's tape to try out different placements and arrangements for the artwork.
Wall art displayed in even numbers, such as a pair or grouping of four, looks best when it’s hung in a symmetrical arrangement. A symmetrical arrangement creates a striking and simple focal point.
Create a Focal Point
Speaking of focal points, a random assortment of pictures and frames can work well together, but it’s always a good idea to have some sort of theme or colour to link them. The most prominent piece should be featured in the middle and at eye level. From there, work outward with smaller pieces.
Prop it Up Instead of Hanging it Up
For a more relaxed arrangement, group artwork together on a shelf or mantelpiece rather than hung on a wall. This also allows you to change the display regularly, or easily add similar pieces to an existing arrangement.
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