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Rules for Hanging Artwork

If you are confused about how to hang a picture on a wall, here are some rules for hanging artwork. There’s definitely a right way and wrong way when it comes to where on the wall your art should be placed. I see homes all the time with the artwork hung way too high. It throws the whole room off balance. Your main piece of your artwork should be at eye level. If you’re creating a gallery wall, start with one piece at eye level and go from there.

But what exactly does eye level mean?

Eye level means the middle of the artwork should hang at eye level. Average eye level is between 57-60 inches. Therefore, the middle of your piece should be somewhere between those two numbers from the floor.

Here’s how to figure it:

  • Measure the height of your piece and divide by two to find the center
  • Add that number to 57-60 (you can pick) for eye level
  • That’s how far up the wall from the floor which is your beginning point
  • If your piece is on a wire, pull the wire tight and then measure the distance from the top of the wire to the top of the piece
  • If it’s on a saw tooth hanger, measure from the bottom of the hanger to the top of your piece
  • Subtract this number from your beginning point
  • This is the number of inches from the bottom of the wall to put your nail

There you go! Now you have some rules for hanging artwork.

If you need help arranging your artwork, call me at (913) 515-3250 for a décor consultation.

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