Have you ever stepped into an art gallery and started melting like one of Salvador Dali’s clocks? Do you want to dance like a Keith Haring figure?
Do you consider yourself a thinker like Rodin? Clasp your hands and lower your jaw like in Edvard Munch’s The Scream? We, like most people, enjoy home art.
It’s a great chance to show off your personality and creativity on your walls by using things like paint color, a specific piece of art, art on the wall that matches your favorite piece of furniture, and more.
So, what’s the issue? Art that is improperly hung pops out like a nasty toupee. You can’t help but notice it, and all you want to do is correct it.
So, we wrote this article to answer the many questions we got about how to hang wall art.
Determine where you want to hang your artwork:
Large gaps must be filled. Small pieces on a large area can appear lost and isolated, so don’t be afraid to go big with one.
Another fantastic alternative is to form a gathering of pieces, and a large wall allows you to spread them out.
Your more delicate pieces look best in smaller spaces, like those between windows and doors.
Hanging isn’t the only option to display your artwork.
Framed artwork and stretched canvases can be put on an easel, a mantelpiece, floating shelves, or on the floor against a wall.
This gives the arrangement a more casual look and makes it easier and safer to change without damaging the wall.
As we plan and lay out the furniture, we’ll look at existing and future pieces of art to get ideas for color, medium, and size.
This way, we can really work art into our designs instead of just squeezing it in at the end. “We think this makes for a unique and artistic house where each piece is beautifully set off.”
Make a Plan
Before you take out the hammer or drill, consider how you will order your work.
You can do this using computer tools or low-tech alternatives like kraft paper and adhesive.
The app has a useful “View on Wall” option that allows you to see how a specific artwork will look on a specific wall.
It uses the camera on your phone to map the surface you want to work on, then shows you what the work will look like there at the right size.
This will help you see how a part fits into your overall design before you buy it.
Before nailing anything to your wall, try out a complex layout that includes pieces of various sizes. One simple method is to arrange the works to be shown on the floor.
You may take it a step further and imagine the pieces directly on your wall by creating templates of them.
Trace the outlines of the works on kraft paper and cut them out.
Then, using painter’s tape, tape the cutouts to the wall in various positions, standing back to observe how each looks.
When you’ve found an arrangement you like, use the cutouts to mark where each work will go on the wall. You can now hammer in the nails with confidence.
Hang Art at Eye Level
Most people have a tendency to hang artwork too high. If you only remember one thing from this article, let it be this: 57″ on center.
This 57-inch standard shows the average eye-height of a person, and many galleries and museums use it as a standard.
It also makes your home feel more balanced because all of your work will be on the same line.
There are a few exceptions to this rule: If your ceilings are particularly low (less than 8 to 9 feet), divide the vertical length of your wall into quarters and hang your work in the third quadrant up from the floor.
And, if you’re hanging art above a sofa, 8–10w for 8-10 inches above the sofa back, even if this violates the 57-inch guideline.
Take note of the space between your artwork and where the wall meets the ceiling.
Balance scale sales
To get a balanced effect while working with a collection of art, treat the collection or gallery as one piece.
To begin, ensure that your collection is neither too vast nor too tiny in comparison to your sofa or sideboard.
We want the Goldilocks effect here: The artwork should be two-thirds the size of the sofa or sideboard.
If you’re hanging numerous pieces in a group, make sure the heavier pieces are at the bottom left and the lighter pieces are at the upper right, with mid-sized pieces in between.
If you only have one huge item and a few smaller ones, hang the large piece in the center as a focal point and work your way out from there.
Allow 2–5 inches between each frame for optimal spacing. Use low-adhesive tape to keep the distance between frames consistent.