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How's It Hanging? Do's & Don'ts For Picture Placement

Posted By: Shay Edney In: Design and Staging
Date: Thu, Jul 28th 2016 9:20 am


Shay Edney - photo of picture placementEver wonder how high to hang a picture? You’re not alone. Back in the day my house looked like an NBA team lived there. Thankfully, since then I’ve learned a few tricks along the way: 

Rule #1: Size and Scale

Before selecting a picture/art piece to hang, consider the wall space you have to work with. Aim to fill the space according to how big or small the area is. A small picture or piece of art hanging on a large/open wall will look awkward, inadequate, and out of balance.

Rule #2: Height

Hang the center of the picture at eye level, which is about 60 inches. This may seem weird at first but you’ll get used to it. This is true of most art galleries as well. 

Rule #3: Furniture

If you’re hanging pictures over furniture, try connecting the furniture with the art, almost as if they go together as a whole. It will create a more put-together look and avoid a large gap between the art and the furniture. This will sometimes mean hanging pictures a little lower than normal. My recommendation is about 6 to 12 inches above the top of a sofa as an example. 

Rule #4: Groupings

This one is in line with #3. Try connecting all the pieces together as if they were one piece. This will generally mean the center of the grouping should be at eye level and each piece should be semi-close to each other. 

Check out what I did behind this sectional. Good luck and happy hanging!

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