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  • Writer's pictureGrace Harley

Tips & Tricks for Hanging your Artwork

The very first step in hanging wall art is choosing the proper placement for each piece. But when you’ve got a large canvas, or an odd-numbered stack of prints, choosing where to hang what is often the most daunting task.

When deciding where to hang images in your home, consider the wall space available and the arrangement of the room. Use small pieces between windows and doors so the pieces don't look lost. Large canvases or framed pieces work well on oversized & tall walls. Or, consider a gallery wall with an arrangement of varying sized smaller pieces hung in an atheistically pleasing way.

Try your best to hang your new piece at eye level. A simple rule of thumb to hanging art at the right height is to place the center of the art object at 60″ to 63″ above the floor. From there you can adjust accordingly for the overall height of the ceiling or height of the furniture over which the art will hang.

If you're hanging your art above furniture, always hang your pieces in relation to the furniture sitting below. With your couch off centered on the wall, focus on hanging your painting centered above the couch to create a great focal point for your living room. Pieces should be hung 4-6 inches above the furniture piece. Also, art should not be more than 2/3 the size of the furniture.

When hanging more than one piece, it is recommended to lay out the art on the floor and get a layout that you like before you commit by putting holes in the wall. Group four or more pieces, of varying sizes and in a non-symmetrical pattern, by anchoring them on an imaginary vertical line. The art should be visually balanced on both sides of the imaginary vertical line. Too much ‘weight’ on one side or the other will make the group seem awkward and unbalanced.

Using 1-2 inches for spacing makes the pieces feel more like one large, cohesive piece. Generally speaking, you can leave 2-5 inches between each frame for proper spacing. If you're hanging in even numbers, you can hang them 1-2 inches apart for tight spacing or 4-6 inches for normal spacing. When hanging 3 pieces side by side, it's recommended to leave 4-6 inches in between.

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