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 interior design mistake! Read on to find out 3 foolproof tips for hanging art!
Hang single artwork pieces at eye level
I 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, and 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.
I usually prefer to use larger artwork and frames rather than smaller in projects. It’s much more simple to fill in spaces when you have less space to fill!
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.
Hang Gallery Walls with cohesive spacing
When designing a grid gallery wall, I use prints and photos with a similar theme and consistent frames. They could be black and white photos, botanicals, sketches, etc.
I go with completely different pieces in mixed frames for an eclectic look. I 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 piece of paper and using painters tape to create a layout on the wall before you have to put holes in the wall.