Finding the right art for your space is hard, but hanging art correctly can be even more difficult.
In fact, hanging artwork incorrectly at the wrong height is the #1 most common design mistake we see.
Luckily, after years of hanging art, we’ve come up with three simple tips for how to hang art correctly so that you never have to second guess the placement again!
Here are the foolproof tips for hanging art that never fail us:
Tip #1 Hang single artwork pieces at eye level
We find it’s best to hang single artwork at eye level, and 60 inches from center to the floor is the magic number.
If you’re hanging your art above furniture, it can be 4-6 inches above the piece.
If the art is going above a sofa or console, the piece should be approximately 2/3 width of the furniture.
As a general rule of thumb, always consider the scale of your space when hanging art.
We’ll let you in on a little house secret: We usually prefer to use larger artwork and frames rather than smaller in our projects. It’s much more simple to fill in spaces when you have less space to fill!
TIP #2: Treat two pieces as one
When hanging two art pieces, treat them as one and still hang them 60 inches from the floor to the center of the grouping.
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: Hang Gallery Walls with cohesive spacing
When designing a grid gallery wall, we use prints and photos with a similar theme and consistent frames. They could be black and white photos, botanicals, sketches, etc. Or we go with completely different pieces in mixed frames for an eclectic look. We usually hang large and medium pieces 2-3 inches apart, and smaller pieces 1.5-2.5 inches apart.
Make things easier on your end by tracing the frames on a paper and using painters tape to create a layout on the wall before you have to put holes in the wall.