How to Hang Wall Art Like a Pro
Tip #1 Keep your artwork at eye level
Unless you are creating an entire gallery wall, most experts suggest to hang artwork at eye level, which equates to around 60 inches from the centre of the artwork to the floor.
If you're hanging your art above furniture, your art needs to be about 4-6 inches above the piece of furniture.
Tip # 2 Always consider scale and proportions
If your art is destined for above a sofa or console, choose a piece of art or series of pieces that cover most of the width of the furniture.
Having a smaller home doesn't mean you can't choose a larger piece of art. In fact, a few larger pieces will help you quickly fill up your space and create impact. The key is not the scale of your house but the relationship of art to furniture. If you hang your art above furniture, it needs to work as a partnership.
TIP #2: Treat groups of art pieces as one
Often it's not easy or cost-effective to find a large piece of art that will take up the entire length of a sofa, bedhead or console. That's when pairs or groups of three or four become a great option.
When hanging a group of art pieces, treat them as one large artwork. That means still hanging them 60 inches from the floor from the centre of the grouping. The spacing between each piece also needs to be consistent and not too great otherwise, the grouping feels disconnected.
TIP #3: Gallery walls look great with a cohesive theme and spacing
The trick to a successful gallery wall is connection. You can choose prints and photos with a similar theme and consistent framing or go for something more eclectic with a mix of frames. The large and medium pieces will need a 2-3 inch space between them, while the smaller pieces can be fractionally closer, 1.5 – 2.5 inches apart.
Tracing all your frames on paper, organising the placement of each art piece on the floor and then using painter's tape to create the exact layout on the wall will save you lots of time, energy and emotion. It might save the wall from a few unnecessary holes too.
Tip #4 Use the Right Hardware
Hanging your art directly from two D-rings screwed and not from strings or wires is considered best practice for all but the smallest pieces. The D-rings should be screwed into the back of the frame, about one-third of the way down from the top.
Using this approach will guarantee your picture will not move and will hang flat to the wall.
Here's a quick YouTube video to help explain this technique visually.
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