Hang your artwork, gallery wall or home decor like a pro… the first time. Avoid a common design mistake with these simple tricks.
Hanging Artwork By Itself:
The best tip for installing your artwork, whether doing it yourself or by a professional, is to hang single pieces at eye level. These are items that do not have any objects underneath. A great example of this is a hallway.
In order to do this, you’ll hang the center of the artwork at 60″ from the floor.
Exceptions to this rule: If you have really low ceilings (less than 8′, divide the vertical length of your wall into quarters and hang your art in 3/4 up from the floor.
Hanging Artwork Under Furniture:
There are some important measurements to know that will make the process easier:
- Artwork should be hung 6″-8″ above furniture
- The center of artwork should be hung at 60″ from the floor
- Multiple pieces of artwork should be separated by 3″-4″ apart
- All artwork should follow the 2/3 rule
The 2/3 rule is also called the golden ratio. This means that the artwork should consume 2/3 of the space below it. In order to determine the size of your artwork first measure the item below it. You’ll then divide that number by 3 and then multiple by 2. This will give you the size of the artwork.
Example: a queen bed measures 60″ wide. If you want artwork above the bed, you would calculate this:
60″ / 3 = 20″ x 2 = 40″ – The artwork should be a maximum of 40″ for a balanced space.
If you wanted to utilize a series of art in a linear format, you would then divide the number above by the number of pieces you wish to use.
Hanging Gallery Walls:
If you’re working with a collection of art, it’s important to treat that collection or gallery as one piece to achieve a balanced look. First, make sure your collection is neither too large nor too small in relation to your sofa or sideboard. We want the just right. The above rules still apply. The artwork should be two-thirds the size of the sofa or sideboard beneath it. You’ll hang the lower row 6″-8″ above the item and space each frame 3″-4″ apart.
No more guessing. I hope this quick guide will help you nail hanging your artwork… pun intended!