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Mastering Art Placement: How to Hang Art at the Correct Height

Two men hanging a Carolyn Wonders painting called Twisted Sunflower on a blank wall.




Art has the power to transform the look and feel of a space, but to truly make an impact, it must be hung at the right height. Hanging art at the correct height is essential to ensure it complements your room’s aesthetics and provides an optimal viewing experience. In this article, we’ll explore the key principles and tips to help you hang your art at the perfect level.


1. Eye-Level Rule


The most common guideline for hanging art is to position it at eye level. But what exactly is eye level? Generally, it refers to the average eye level of a person standing at around 57 to 60 inches from the floor. This is where the center of the artwork should be. However, keep in mind that “eye level” can vary depending on the average eye level of the people in your household. To accommodate this, you can find a balance or choose the average height of the viewers.


2. Wall and Room Proportions


Consider the proportion of your artwork to the wall and the room. A small piece of art may be overwhelmed on a large, empty wall, while an oversized piece can dominate a small space. Ensure your art is well-balanced with the surrounding area.


3. Grouping and Arrangement


When hanging multiple pieces of art, maintain a consistent level or line across the grouping. Use a level and measuring tape to ensure that each piece is at the same height. You can experiment with different arrangements and layouts, such as symmetrical, asymmetrical, or salon-style, but always strive for balance and visual cohesion.


4. Furniture Placement


In spaces with furniture, art should relate to the furnishings below it. For instance, in a living room, art above a sofa should be hung about 6-8 inches above the backrest. This helps to visually connect the art and the furniture, creating a harmonious look.


5. Natural Focal Points


Art can serve as a natural focal point in a room. Align the center of your artwork with other significant focal points, like a fireplace mantel or a statement piece of furniture. This will create a visual balance in the room.


6. Ceiling Height


Consider the height of your ceiling when hanging art. In rooms with high ceilings, you can hang art a bit higher than eye level to make use of the vertical space. Conversely, in rooms with lower ceilings, keep art closer to eye level to create a cozier feel.


7. Framing and Matting


The choice of framing and matting can influence the overall dimensions and visual impact of your art. Be mindful of the overall size and scale of the framed piece when hanging it. Larger frames may need more wall space, while smaller pieces can be grouped together.


8. Experiment and Adjust


Don’t be afraid to experiment and make adjustments. Use removable adhesive strips or hooks to test different heights and arrangements before making any permanent holes in the wall. This way, you can fine-tune the positioning of your art until you’re satisfied with the result.


Hanging art at the right level is an art form in itself. It requires a keen eye for balance, proportion, and aesthetics. By following the guidelines mentioned above and considering the unique characteristics of your space, you can ensure that your art becomes a captivating and integral part of your interior design, enhancing the ambiance and reflecting your personal style. So, go ahead and transform your living space with art that’s perfectly placed at the right level.





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Carolyn Wonders

ARTIST | WRITER

Modern life with its social, political, and cultural debates leaves us all raw, triggered, and anxious. We are bombarded by rhetoric that is carefully chosen to obscure truth and advance agendas. I see art as a universal language that can transcend that which twists us into parrots of this rhetoric. Living with art you love and seeing through an artist’s eyes can help us see these superficial debates for what they are and get us in touch with what really matters.

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