Top 5 Design Questions – Wall Art Size and Placement GuideWelcome to our 3rd installment in a 5-part series where we answer your questions about the right way to hang art. Who doesn’t love art? Art is probably one of the most personal parts of your home and a perfect avenue of self-expression. Whether you are hanging a grouping of art or one statement piece this guide will help you learn how to hang wall art- plus a few extra tricks of the trade!
How High?We often find that people have a tendency to hang artwork too high. Why do they do this?!! Tip-Always hang your artwork at 57" on center. What do we mean by “on center” you ask? On center, meaning that the center of the overall height of the artwork is always at 57" above the floor. This is just a tool for overall hanging height of the artwork-obviously, the hook will be higher. Where did we get 57 inches? The 57" standard represents the average human eye-height or eye-level. 57" on center is a very pleasing height for the eye. This tends to be a lot lower than most people naturally hang their artwork. It also means that your artwork is going to hang in closer proximity to the other elements in your home, such as furniture, rugs, lighting, etc. and will therefore "speak the same language" as everything else in the space, which is a GOOD THING.
So, here’s what to do.1. Measure and lightly mark 57" from the floor with a pencil on the wall 2. Measure the height of the artwork and divide by 2 (this gives you the center) 3. Measure the top of your art to the tightened wire 4. Subtract the "tight wire" amount from the 1/2 height amount for the hook height. This will tell you how far above 57" your hook should go. 5. Lightly mark the hook height with a pencil on the wall
1. Art is 20" tall 2. Middle is at 10" (this mid point should rest at 57" above the floor) 3. Tightened wire comes to 2" below the top 4. 10" - 2" = 8" 5. Lightly mark 8" above your first mark OR 65" from the floorThis may seem complicated, but it’s actually quite simple. Always remember that the CENTER of all of your art should be hanging at 57", and you are just figuring out where the hook needs to go above that mark. This 57" principle also applies to groups of art. Think of a group as ONE picture. After you arrange how you want them all to hang, start with the center picture or pictures and get them at 57" on center. Then surround them with the rest of the group. Tip-Lay all of the pieces out on the floor first to figure out how you'd like to arrange them. Trust us it makes it SO much easier!