3 Tips on How to Hang Art and Photos the Right Way
Before I started this blog I had no grasp on the correct way to hang art. I’d pick out a bare wall, pull up a chair and hammer a nail into the wall. Boy, was I misguided (or more correctly, unguided). I’ve later come to recognize a few rules for hanging art correctly, and now I’ll share them with you. Here are the three points I always consider when hanging art, photos and mirrors:
1. When hanging art or framed photos on the wall, never ever pull up a chair to hammer in the nail. If you need a chair, you’ve aimed too high. Artwork should be hung at eye level. Just think about it; you would never hang a mirror at any other height than eye level, right? The same should go for art and pictures.
2. When placing art over a furniture, never hang it higher than a few inches above the furniture. Why not skip the nail altogether and place the artwork on the furniture leaning back on the wall? By relating artwork to the furniture below it, you’ll create little interesting vignettes. You can read a guide on how to make a perfect vignette here.
Design by Elizabeth Bailey See more pics of this bedroom here.
3. I’ve always seen art as a way to fill out empty wall space. Once I realized that art should relate to furniture, I started questioning how much bare wall was “acceptable”. Then I realized that the bare walls around the vignette actually aided in making the vignette a focal point. Moral of this point: Don’t fear leaving it bare!
And that’s it! Of course there are always exceptions to any rule, but these three points have served me well so far. What’s your strategy when hanging art and photos? I’d love to hear it in the comments!