How to Hang Artwork Like a Pro
The artwork displayed on your walls not only introduces more color and depth to your space, it also personalizes your home. Wall art can be considered many things, it can be a framed painting, movie poster, record cover, wallpaper, or family photo. It can also be a painting on a canvas, an authentic wall mirror, or beaded wall art.
Hanging artwork on your walls can be a tricky task. You don’t want to ruin a beautiful painting by hanging it too high on the wall. Not only will the awkward placing distract the viewers from appreciating the painting, it will also create a disproportionate look to the space surrounding it. Luckily, there are general rules on how to correctly hang artwork on your walls. Here are 5 easy rules to follow to hang artwork like a pro.
Choosing the right size of artwork depends on the size of furniture around it. The general rule is that the artwork should fill 2/3 the width of the furniture below it, like a sofa, media console, or a bed. Depending on the furniture around it, artwork that is too small or too big can make the entire space feel unbalanced.
When placing art on an empty wall, hang it at eye level or hang it about 57-60″ from the floor to the center of your artwork. If you’re hanging art above a piece of furniture, position the bottom of the art piece about 6 to 8″ above the furniture. If you set it too high, it can look completely disconnected from the furniture and the space.
Creating a gallery wall can be difficult because your goal is to create a simple and unified layout, without overcrowding the wall and making it look cluttered instead of organized. First, decide the overall shape you want to create with the framed art pieces. Then, arrange them on the floor, as if you would on the wall, to get a general idea of how you want it to look on the wall. Start with your center art piece, then build it out from there.
When you’re ready to begin hanging pieces, whether it’s just one big art piece or several pieces for a gallery wall, have a pencil and measuring tape in hand so you can lightly mark up the wall with where you want to place the nails or hooks so you’re not blindly punching holes into your wall.
One of the most important things you need to do to hang your artwork like a pro, is to hang your art straight! Like a professional, use a level to straighten up your wall art. From art canvases, to framed art pieces, and framed family photos, it is essential that all wall art is displayed in a completely straight line.