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Easy rules for hanging art.

1. Hang your Art by its Center

The artwork’s center should be 57 inches from the ground to match average eye level.

People shouldn’t strain themselves to view the artwork. By placing the center of the artwork at eye level, it ensures the art can be admired comfortably.

Let’s use this beautiful painting by Marcella Rose (“Silken Mystique”) as an example.

The art’s focal point should be at the 57-inch mark. This is not where it will hang from, so you will need to determine where to place the hangers.

Measure the artwork’s height and divide by 2 to find the artwork’s center.

The first step is to measure 57 inches from the floor and mark it on the wall. Next, find the focal point of the artwork by measuring its height and dividing by two. In this case, the “Silken Mystique” is 34 inches tall, making its focal point 17 inches.

The red line indicates the measurement from a tightened hanging wire to the top of the frame.

Measure the top of the artwork to the tightened hanging wire or hook it will hang from. Subtract this number from the focal point number. For the Mouly, the hanging wire is 10 inches from the top of the frame. We subtract 10 inches from 17 inches to get 7 inches.

The measurement from the 57-inch line to where the hanger should be mounted.

The measurement from the 57-inch line to where the hanger should be mounted.

Take the new number and measure that distance above the 57-inch mark. This is where the hanger should be placed, so mark this spot. With the Silken Mystique, it would be 7 inches above the 57-inch mark, meaning the artwork will actually hang 64 inches from the floor. By doing so, artwork’s center will be at 57 inches.

When Hanging Art Close to Furniture or Mantles

When hanging artwork above furniture, mantles, or other obstructions, the eye level rule doesn’t always apply.

The bottom of the frame should be between six to eight inches above the top of the feature. In these cases, it’s acceptable to go higher than the 57-inch guideline if need be.

The artwork should also relate space-wise to furniture, meaning a small work of art hanging six inches above a long couch won’t look right. However, a large work of art or multiple works would look great.

When hanging multiple works of art, treat each work in the collection as if it were one work of art. Anchoring multiple works around the 57-inch focal point will help the collection appear balanced. The ideal spacing between multiple artworks is 3 to 6 inches.

The 57-inch number is a good average height, but if your eye level is different, be sure to use that measurement when hanging art. Every scenario is different, so at the end of the day, make sure you love the way your art is displayed.

 

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