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The Art of Hanging Art (or How High is Too High?)

Customers often tell us they get confused when it comes to placing art on the wall. They aren't quite sure how high is too high, and where pieces should actually go.

While there aren't any hard and fast rules there are some guidelines to follow.

1. Height. Generally you want the center of the art to be at eye level. Everyone is a different height so go for balance. Use the measurement of about 57"-65" for the center of the art. Consider where you will be when you view the art. In your dining room when everyone is sitting, the art can be hung lower so one doesn't crane their neck to view it. Of course, if you are filling the wall with art, then the height doesn't matter as much as balance.

2. Balance. Look at the size and shapes of the art in relation to the wall. Tall narrow walls tend to work better with similar shaped art, a wide wall, like over a sofa, tends to work well with landscape-oriented shapes.

3. Groups. Placing art together can be a work around for achieving the right balance. A grouping of pictures to form that landscape-orientation can be very effective. The same goes for narrow walls.

Hanging groups of art in landscape-orientation

Hanging groups of art in a portrait-orientation

The photos above also illustrate the use of similar moldings to create unity in diverse art. That deserves a post of it's own!

4. Scale. Think big. Tiny pieces of art hanging on an enormous wall over a sofa makes the poor art look lost. If you absolutely must have that small piece on that large wall then, frame it with plenty of mat boarder. Consult your framer for ideas, as we have wonderful tricks and methods for creating scale with a piece of art.


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