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Design Tip: Hanging Art on Walls

Image above via Luxe

Hanging artwork at the wrong height is one of the most common mistakes folks make when decorating their homes.  I hear all the time, “You should hang artwork so the center of the picture is at eye level…”  Wrong!  We are all built differently. If we all hung artwork at our personal eye level artwork would be all over the place.  What if your partner was 6’4″ and you were 5 feet tall?  Where do you put it then? 

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I don’t know about you, but when I see art hung the wrong way, it’s like seeing someone with toilet paper stuck to the bottom of their shoe.  It’s totally distracting.

Part of feeling good is having an environment that makes you feel comfortable.  Why do people love hotels so much?  It’s because it makes them feel far away and the room (for the most part) is designed well and looks good and comfortable.  Artwork is important in the home.  It creates the right tone and mood for your space and reflects you and your personality! When you find art that reflects who you are, hanging it can be a challenge.  So, I’ve got 4 tips that will help fill your wall space properly and present your art in a beautiful way!  So, let’s apply these tips in your home to make it feel more comfy.  You won’t have to feel like getting away because your home will already feel like an escape.

So, let’s go over the write way to hang art, shall we?

Tip #1


When hanging one piece of artwork it should be 60 inches from center of the art to the floor. A helpful tip: If it’s hung above furniture, it can be 4-6 inches above the piece. If the couch is low you can consider about 8″ above.  If it’s going above a sofa or console, the piece should be approximately 2/3 width of the furniture.

Be aware of the scale of your space and everything around it.  I personally prefer large works of art if you have open wall space.  A small picture hung on a large wall can look off balanced. Look for narrow, smaller walls (spaces between two doorways or windows) and consider hanging two or three small pictures in a vertical line.  That brings us to the next tip.

Image via Minted art

Image via Minted art

Image via Minted art

Image via Minted art

 Art from Minted

Tip #2


When hanging two, three and even four art pieces, think of them as one large frame and still hang them 60 inches from center of the art grouping to the floor.  Make sure they are spaced only a few inches apart.  If they are two far apart from each other they will look disconnected.

Image via Minted art

Image via Minted art

Image via Minted art

Image via Minted art

Image via Minted art

Tip #3


If you’re thinking about a gallery wall I first recommend cutting paper templates to size for each piece of art and attach the paper cutouts to the wall with tape (painters tape). This will help you avoid pounding a million holes in the wall and allow you to stand back and see how the layout relates to your room and your furniture.  I will usually hang large and medium pieces 2-3 inches apart, and smaller pieces a bit closer, about 1.5-2.5 inches apart.  You can have a themed wall that’s all sketched, photo’s or all kids art (like my kids art wall) or you can go for something more eclectic and playful.  That’s up to you.

Image via Minted art

Image via Minted art

Tip #4


If you’re not an artist but love beautiful affordable art, look no further.  You need to check out Minted!  Click on art (and it will take you there).

Minted is an online site full of creative independent artists and designers. It has everything from Fine Art Prints, Commissioned Art (if you want something original), Photography, Drawings, Illustrations, Typography and they have a Home Collection you’ll have to check out too!  It’s fabulous!

Minted produces and sells designs, paying the designer a commission on every sale. There are contests on works of art and designs each month. Winning artists and designers have stores on Minted.  You can pull together different styles from different artists that work together in your home or you can stick to one artist that fits style in your home.

Most importantly, have fun and make sure the art truly reflects you and your family!

So, do you need to readjust some of your art in your home?




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  • Beth
    June 16, 2017 at 8:17 am

    This is just in time! I just moved! Very helpful!

    • Melessa
      June 16, 2017 at 8:25 am

      Congratulations! What perfect timing! I’m glad you can decorate in a new space!

  • Liz
    June 16, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Oh dear! I guess I need to start moving my pictures down. Thanks for the tip!

    • Melessa
      June 16, 2017 at 8:26 am

      This is a very common mistake. Take it a room at a time. Don’t feel like you have to rush and do it all at once.

  • Leanne
    June 16, 2017 at 8:22 am

    I’m guilty! My photos are too high! I’m in need of good art, so I’m excited to explore Minted. Thanks!

    • Melessa
      June 16, 2017 at 8:28 am

      I’m so glad this is helpful! Yes, check out Minted! You’ll love it’s wide variety of choices!

  • Karen
    June 16, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Super helpful… thanks for all these tips! Now just have to get husband to finish painting so we can get hanging!

    • Melessa
      June 16, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      I’m glad this is good timing for you. Good luck with the painting!

  • Lillian
    June 16, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Good information!

  • Amy
    June 17, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    I have sooo many holes in my walls from trying to get that perfect art placement. They look like Swiss cheese!

    • Melessa
      June 18, 2017 at 8:23 am

      Funny! I hope you find this post helpful!

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