7 Tips on How to Hang Art Like a Professional
Found the perfect piece of art, but not quite sure how to hang it? Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered. Here are 7 simple tips on how to easily hang wall art like a professional.
Tip #1 – Hang art at eye level
When hanging art on a wall, hang the art so that the center of the art sits at eye level. A decent proxy is to align the center of the art about 57 to 60 inches from the ground. An exception to this is when hanging art over furniture or creating a gallery wall (see tips #2 and #4).
Tip #2 – Hang art 6 to 10 inches above the top of furniture or fixtures
When hanging art above furniture of fixtures, ignore the eye level rule. Instead, hang the art so the bottom edge is 6 to 10 inches above the top of the furniture. This applies to hanging art above sofas, desks, cabinets, mantles, etc.
Tip #3 - Match art size with furniture size
As a rule of thumb, art should be at least 2/3rds the width of the furniture of fixture it is hanging over.
Tip #4 – Center the art
This is not a hard and fast rule by any means, but consider centering the piece of art on the wall or above the furniture it is hanging over by aligning the center of the art with the center of the wall or furniture.
Tip #5 – Hang multiple pieces of art on the same wall as if they were one piece
When grouping art together on the same wall, treat the art collection as if it were one piece to determine eye level and the center. Find the center of the art collection by measuring 1) from the top and bottom of the highest and lowest pieces and 2) the left and right of the art furthest apart horizontally. The imaginary intersection of these two lines is the main focal point of the art. You want this focal point to be at eye level and aligned with the center of the wall or furniture.
Tip #6 – Pay attention to spacing when hanging multiple pieces of art
Use consistent spacing between art when hanging 3 or more pieces of art. A good rule of thumb is to space art 1.5 to 2.5 inches apart.
Tip #7 – Use a measuring tape, a pencil, and painter’s tape
Don’t eyeball it, be exact. Use a measuring tape to determine eye level and the center of the wall. This will save you from making unnecessary holes in your wall! To help yourself out, use a light pencil to mark the measurement on the wall. Another idea is to use painter's tape to outline the art positions before hanging.