The 'Art' of Hanging Art

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(When I refer to 'art' I mean anything that hangs on the wall for display.  It may be paintings, portraits, photos, metallic art, collections (plates for example).

1.  HEIGHT

 

We often hear we should hang our art at 'eye level'.  But who's eye level? Eye level when sitting or eye level when standing?  Here are a few pointers I have gathered together to help take the confusion out of it.  

Generally speaking art should be hung so that the center of the piece is between 57 and 60 in. from the floor. (Most galleries use 60 in. as their benchmark.)  However, if you are hanging the piece above a sofa, the bottom of the frame should be between 6-8 inches above it.  If hung above a console/table 4-8 inches is good so that the art relates with the vignette below it on the table.  If you have high ceilings, you can hang your art slightly higher.  Some people hang their art lower in rooms where people will mostly be seated (such as dining rooms) and higher in foyers/hallways where people are mostly standing.  Personally, I prefer to stick to the 57 to 60 in. rule except when placed above furniture (as explained above).


2.  SIZE

Keep large pieces of art on large expanses of wall and smaller pieces on the smaller walls.  Putting small pieces on a large wall gives the sense that the pieces are 'floating' away, which is very visually distracting.  The exception to this rule is when several similar smaller pieces are grouped together ands reads as one large piece.  When done correctly this can be a great way to display your favorite photos or collections, etc.

 

3.  SHAPE

Shape.....does it  matter?  Generally speaking, vertically hung pieces can visually make a low ceiling look higher  and a high ceiling lower.  Vertical pieces of art and other vertical lines in a room tend to make a room more formal.  Lines of a horizontally hung piece emphasizes the width of a room and can visually expand it.  It also lends itself to a more casual look.

 

4.   OTHER

A couple of more general rules....if hung above a piece of furniture, such as a sofa, the width of the piece should never be wider than the piece of furniture.  Some will say the art  should not exceed 75% of the width of the furniture below it.  Also, when hung above a sofa or similar, the art should take up 2/3 of the wall space between the furniture and the ceiling.  

These are just a few pointers on hanging art.  Does anybody else have any more to add?

 

Cathy Tarrant CCSP

HOMESTYLING BY CATHY

www.homestylingbycathy.com

(709) 341-7115

 

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GREAT rules, Cathy!  Probably the question I get asked the most!

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Cathy - Excellent information and tips on the proper way hanging art. Thank you for sharing a very good blog.

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Sharon & John,

Thanks for the encouragement!

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I'm bookmarking this, great post and yes it tends to be tricker hanging art every now and then

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Tori, glad you enjoyed my post. Thanks for bookmarking!

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