Interior Design Tips for Hanging Art and Decor At Home or in the Office
Posted on 14 September 2017
Buying artwork is exhilarating from the moment you spot it in a gallery and know it’s “the one” to the ride home where you can’t stop staring at it. Falling in love is the easy part, but it’s when you get home that you’re faced with the daunting question of how to hang artwork. Should you hang the artwork at a certain height? Will the art you just purchased go with your existing art? Should you have the artwork framed? The first thing is to not be overwhelmed because all the answers are simply yes!
Between the colors, the composition, the subject matter and the texture, artwork has the amazing versatility to transform your space when paired with other home furnishings. Whether you’re looking to hang one piece of art at home or complete an arrangement for an office space, use these easy tips to confidently hang artwork like a pro!
HANG ARTWORK AT 58” AN EYE LEVEL AVERAGE
Everyone’s eye level varies because we’re all different heights, but a rule of thumb at art galleries is to hang the center of the artwork at 58 inches from the floor. Even if you’re a little taller or shorter this height still showcases the artwork for everyone to admire. There are some exceptions to this rule like if you have low ceilings or an oversized statement artwork then adjust accordingly. This also keeps a consistent visual display of artwork throughout your home.
Step-by-step guide to hanging art
- From the floor, measure 58” and mark with a pencil.
- Measure the height of the artwork, including the frame, and divide this number in half.
- Add the measurement in Step 2 to the 58” pencil mark and make a new mark. This will be where the top of your artwork will rest.
- On the backside of the artwork, you’ll find the wire, pull this with one finger to get the wire at full tension, then measure this distance from the top of the wire to the top of the frame.
- Subtract the measurement in step 4 from the pencil mark you made in step 3 and mark with a pencil.
- Place your nail or hanger on the second pencil mark you made in step 5. If you’re using a nail with a j-hook support, be sure that the bottom of the hook is resting on the pencil mark, not the nail.
- Go ahead and hammer this into the wall!
- Ta-da! A perfectly hung piece of art. Step back and admire your handy work.
If you aren’t able to use the 58” rule due to a sofa still keep step number two in mind. Instead of measuring from the floor up, you will hold the artwork in place and mark where the top of the artwork meets the wall. This rule applies to all types of hangers (not all artworks have wires on the back) such as d-rings, cleats, offsets. At this point, you’ll measure down from the mark instead of up.
DESIGN TIP: Two hooks or nails will help prevent the image from shifting off level. But begin at a lower starting point as two nails will pull the string tighter and lift the artwork higher.
HOW TO HANG ARTWORK WHEN IN A GROUP OF DÉCOR ELEMENTS
START WITH THE LARGEST ARTWORK FIRST
Before you begin, treat your gallery wall as one collection that incorporates a similar color palette. When arranging and hanging more than one piece of artwork begin with the biggest piece first. It’s best to incorporate the piece towards the bottom of the wall and put it off center.
TIP: Make sure to give the artwork room to breathe between each piece. Overcrowding never looks good.
PLAY WITH DIFFERENT SIZES AND MEDIUMS
If you’re going for a more salon style wall balance the large artwork by using a variety of medium and smaller works to create one visual experience. It’s easy to look at an artwork and see it as a standalone piece, but once you begin to incorporate different textures and mediums your wall will pop! Offset salon style walls are playful and quirky.
If you’re going for a more conservative display of artwork then stick to one medium and color palette and align the artworks in a grid. This is always a go to for a sophisticated display. We love the examples Driven by Decor uses on her blog here.
USE A TEMPLATE for a grid or multiple artworks
Image from Better Homes and Gardens
When hanging three or more artworks, it’s easiest to use a template. Use brown craft paper to cut out the sizes of the artwork and tape them to the wall to test out multiple arrangements to see which you like best! You’ll save time and frustration!
Every room and every piece of art is a unique situation, but when looking how to hang artwork keep our tips in mind and you can’t go wrong!
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