Hang Art Right The First Time

I believe having art in your home or office is the most important finishing touch. Art is important, and it has nothing to do with money. In fact, art is the one area of your home where the value is not related to money at all, and a found object can be as valuable as anything you buy in a gallery.  But presenting (and certainly hanging) it can be a challenge, and getting it right makes a huge difference in how you feel about it in a room. So I’ve got a tip that will help you never screw it up! 

It’s simple.  Feel free to adapt it.  Here it is: hang anything you like, any size you like, but hang it at 57″ on center.

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Art hanging professionals know how to hang art in groups, to attract and engage viewers more effectively than single pieces can.  When showing artworks, it’s important to create intriguing displays, that catch the eye and engage the mind. Arranging works into groups can help accomplish this, as it lets you mix and match images and create a combined work that’s greater than the sum of its parts.

Hanging Art Above Furniture

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  • Leave 6-10" between the bottom of the frame and the furniture.  The center of the art should be 57-60" from the floor.

You create a harmony among ALL the pictures in your home, as they will all share a midline as you look around your spaces as long as the 57" rule is applied. 

Hanging Art Above Furniture

  • Leave 6-10" between the bottom of the frame and the sofa.  The art should be 1/2 to 2/3 the width of the sofa.

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Remember that whether you’re hanging artwork in a line or a discombobulated gallery to hang them so that the center of the frame or the group lands around 57″ up from the floor. This is the standard for galleries and museums because it’s about eye level for most.

Hanging Art  On Walls

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  • The center of the art should be 57-60" from the floor

I have discovered that if you stick to this standard (the 57" rule), you create a harmony among ALL the pictures in your home, as they will all share a midline as you look around your spaces, no matter what outside dimensions may be. This creates harmony and is also very good.

Hanging Art  On Walls

  • Approach the two pieces of art as one unit, the center should be 57-60" from the floor. with 2-4" between each frame.

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Think of a group or gallery wall as one giant picture. After you arrange how you want them all to hang (doing this on the floor with paper cut outs makes it so much easier), start with the center picture/pictures and hang each of those are 57″ on center on the wall. From there, fill in with the rest of the group however you like! You can also just choose one main focal art work and keep that at 57″ on center, and arrange from there.

Happy Hanging!