When hanging your wall art, there isn’t one rule that fits all – it depends on your room layout, the furniture in that room, and most importantly your own style and vision for the space and the look you want to achieve.
Choose your layout
Hanging your art may be simple if you only have one piece to display, but if you’ve got a collection of pieces, the first thing you’ll need to consider is the layout you want to arrange your collection in.
The Single Statement Piece
One piece to really make a statement in your room
The Gallery / Salon Wall
A group of different frames and styles of prints or photos, stretching across the full wall, from floor to ceiling.
The Picture Ledge
We love this! A narrow ledge to arrange your art – not only simple to put up but it also gives you the flexibility to change your display around as often as you like.
When done right, a grid arrangement for your art is stunning – but be warned it needs to be perfect to achieve the desired effect!
This is great for a long, narrow room. A row of all your art – ideally the same size and frames for maximum visual impact.
Get creative! We’ve seen so many amazing and unusual ways recently to hang art – get creative! Our favorites are framing and hanging with washi tape, or with strings and clips.
How to hang
Here comes the math. We recommend you hang your wall art at eye level, which for most people is between 57 – 60 inches – a method regularly used by museums and galleries. The centre of your piece, rather than the top, should be at this height. If you are hanging multiple pieces in a gallery wall style or a grid then we recommend treating all art pieces as one, so the centre of your arrangement will be at eye level. We advise keeping the spacing between your pieces around 2 - 3 inches, but if you have smaller pieces you may want to reduce this. This will keep your pictures looking like part of the same, related collection.
If you’re hanging above a piece of furniture that’s really low, in a child’s bedroom or you have high ceilings you may want to adjust the height you hang your art to fit the space nicer – it’s all about personal preference and what works for you and your space.
Here’s our step-by-step guide to help you work out where each piece will be hung:
Step 1 – Lightly mark 57 inches on the wall in pencil (or the center point that you have chosen)
Step 2 – Measure the height of your frame, and divide this by 2 to work out the center value (for example, if your frame is 10 inches high, the centre value will be 5)
Step 3 – Now we need to work out where the hook will go. If you are using mounting tape or a bracket fixed to the top of your frame you will hang the frame at eye level plus the centre value of the frame, (in this example you would hang the frame at 62 inches (eye level is 57, plus the centre value of 5)). If you’re hanging your frame from a wire you will need to do an extra step – measure the distance between the top of your frame to the wire, and minus this from the centre value.
Step 4 – Once you have your value, make another small pencil mark on the wall at this height, this is where you will hang your frame.
Tools of the trade
Before you start, make sure you have everything ready, there’s nothing worse than getting half way through and realising you don’t have enough hooks or your hammer has gone missing (believe us, we’ve been there!). We recommend the following equipment:
- A friend! Now this one’s not strictly necessary, but it’s always great to have someone on hand to provide a second opinion or to pass you the hammer while you’re teetering on a ladder trying to achieve the perfect gallery wall!
- A tape measure
- A pencil
- A hammer and nails / hanging fixtures, or mounting tape (we really like the Command range, as you can remove your frames easily without damaging your walls – check them out on Amazon)
- A spirit level to check your frames are level once they’re up
We include mounting brackets with our canvases, which are centered on the frame. Our framed prints come with hanging hardware attached.
Whatever you choose, whether you follow these guides or go completely off track, just have fun make sure you’re happy with the end result! It doesn’t have to be perfect, and it doesn’t have to be permanent. If you change your mind or want to freshen the space up, just move everything around!