The Correct Way to Hang Art

I think everyone enjoys some kind of art, but knowing how and where to hang your frames and paintings in your home can be tricky. You want the perfect place where it’ll be seen and appreciated, but where is that place?

Well, fortunately, there are plenty of perfect places!

Centred Above a Piece of Furniture

Hang your larger frames above a sideboard, a mantelpiece or hall table to give your pieces the appreciation they deserve. While there is no standard picture-frame-size, you can generally work with the 5-8” rule. The bottom of your piece should be 5-8 inches above the top of the furniture (whichever height looks best to you within that range). Then, centre the picture/painting in relation to the furniture it's hanging above.

centred above furniture

image via A House in the Hills

57” on centre

Another rule which, in my opinion, should be a rule to live by, is hanging your art 57” above the ground. “On centre” means that the middle of the artwork is always at 57” – which tends to be a lot lower than most people usually hang their art. 57” is the perfect height to hang your frame because it’s the average human eye-height, and not only that, but because 57” is closer to the ground, your artwork is going to hang in closer proximity to your rugs, lighting and furniture which means your artwork will complement the other elements in your home and tie in perfectly.

57 on centre

Doubled up

Crop your art into two halves and hang them next to each other in separate frames! This is such a great and different way to display your art. This trick looks best when you keep about 4-inches between the frames.

doubled up

Diptych in Irvine Slim with no mat | Via Sarah Sherman Samuel

Gallery Wall

Gallery walls are a great way to make a statement in your home. Plan how you’re going to position your frames by tracing the outline of your frames onto wrapping paper and using blue tack to arrange the cut-outs on the wall – this gives you a visual representation of how the frames will look when they’re on display, as well as letting you test the layout before committing to any nails in the wall!

gallery wall

image via Cheetah is the New Black

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