Finding the right artwork for your space can be a difficult task. But hanging it correctly can be even more difficult. In fact, placing artwork at the wrong height is the most common #1 design mistake you will see.
Fortunately, today I have brought you three simple tips on how to hang your paintings the right way, so you never have to deal with this problem again.
Here are some tips for hanging artwork that will never fail:
TIP #1 PLACE A SINGLE WORK AT EYE LEVEL
Better to hang individual artwork at eye level, 60 inches from center to the floor is the magic number.
If you hang your painting over furniture, it should be 4-6 inches above the piece.
If the painting goes over a sofa or a console, the piece should be approximately 2/3 of the width of the furniture.
As a general rule, always consider the scale of your space when hanging your pictures.
We’ll let you in on a little house secret – we generally prefer to use larger artwork and frames rather than small ones in our projects.
It’s much simpler to fill in spaces when you have less space to fill!
TIP #2: TREAT TWO PIECES AS ONE
When you hang two pieces of art, treat them as if they were one. Hang them 60 inches off the floor in the center of the cluster.
This rule also applies to groups of three and four.
Make sure they are spaced only a few inches apart, so they look together and not disconnected.
TIP #3: CREATE A GALLERY WITH COHERENT SPACES
When designing a picture gallery, use prints or photos with a similar theme in the same frames.
They could be black and white photos, botanicals, sketches, etc. Or completely different pieces in mixed frames for an eclectic look.
Usually, place large and medium pieces about 2-3 inches apart, and smaller pieces 1.5-2.5 inches apart.
To make the layout easier, trace the frames on paper and, using painter’s tape, create a design on the wall before drilling holes in the wall.