How To Display Art

Most people hang art too high or too spaced out, or they stress about putting holes in their walls, making the worst mistake: not hanging anything at all. Art ties a room together, adds interest and drama, and fills out empty spaces. Hung properly, art draws your eye up, down and around a room. So you don’t make the mistakes of others, follow these two pieces of advice and hammer on!

Get the height right. Pictures should be hung so the center of a picture is at eye level; for most people that means the middle of the picture should be between 5 to 5½ feet from the floor. If you're 5-foot-11, then a guest may complain that the art is hung too high. Point out it is hung high for you.  Also, hang art about three to six inches above a piece of furniture. 

● Don't stress over the math. In general, rely on your eye instead of a tape measure to figure out where to hang a picture. Use a tape measure and level to get started (purchase a tape measure that verbally tells you the measurement, levels, and includes a built-in laser light), then eyeball it from there. Hanging art is often a two-person job, so make sure you have someone to help you.  Size the picture hooks for the weight of the picture, and use two picture hooks spaced apart to avoid leveling after dusting.  If you have a cleaning service, provide them with a small torpedo level, so you won't have to level after they depart.