Design Tip: Ideas on Determining How to Hang Pictures

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Ideas on Determining How to Hang Pictures

By Lisba Selbo, Decorium


In general, artwork should be hung so that the center point of the picture or grouping is eye level.  However an important point to always note is that art should be hung in relation to the pieces of furniture close to it.

Create a vignette.

  1. If you’re hanging artwork in the dining room, you may want to consider hanging your pictures slightly lower since you are mostly sitting down when viewing it.  (Think about this too when hanging artwork in children’s bedrooms).
  2. If you’re hanging pictures above furniture, make sure to leave at least 4” clearance.  Don’t go too high, otherwise the eye will focus on the blank space between the artwork and the furniture, and that’s not what you want.
  3. When hanging multiple pieces vertically on the wall, consider the unit as a whole.  Unify the spaces in between the pictures.  A great plan is to lie the art on paper and trace around each object.  Tape the paper of the wall and this should give you a better idea as to how the “whole” unit will look when it will be installed.
  4. If hanging a single picture, and you’re still not sure where, how high, etc., cut our paper with the approx. size of the artwork, and tape it onto the wall where you think you want it to hang.  If the spot appeals to you,  go ahead and take the plunge, hang your painting and enjoy it.
  5. To confirm exactly where to place the hanging nail, ask someone to hold the picture in place, draw a light pencil line in the middle, just above the frame.  Measure the distance from the top of the frame to the wire.  This distance is where the nail must go into the wall from the pencil line.

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