In yesterday’s blog post, I talked about the importance of choosing the right art for your rooms, and today I want to talk about how you should hang that art. It can create an unbalanced look if your art is too high, or too low. So here are some general rules to keep in mind:
1. When selecting a frame, coordinate it with the art, not necessarily the room. Frames should complement the artwork and allow it to be the focal point, not overpower it.
2. Framing and hanging a group, series, or collection can be difficult, but it makes a statement. When hanging the group, think of the collection as one large piece and place the center of it in the 60-66” eye-level range.
3. When hanging art over furniture, keep them close together. A good rule of thumb, 6” or less between the art and the furniture. And in most cases, no more than 4” between art pieces in a pairing or grouping.
4. Let the space dictate the art selection. Often, architecture can “frame” the artwork. If you have a small vertical space, select a vertical piece or stack 2-3 pieces vertically to emphasize the architecture. If the space lacks architectural interest, consider adding molding that frames your artwork and adds impact to the room.
5. Mixing different types of media in the same room is important. Too many paintings is boring, but paintings combined with works on paper, or sculpture is fresh and exciting.
But the #1 rule for hanging art? Measure twice! It will save you from patching, rehanging, and repainting. And if you are hanging something ambitious like a gallery wall, you can also create paper templates of your art and hang those on the wall to determine the best layout before you hammer in the first nail.
So what are your best tips for hanging art? Let me know in the comments section below!