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Tips for Hanging Wall Art

There are little things to keep in mind when hanging art, photos and other pieces that can enhance your décor’s overall look.


One of the most important tips when hanging art is this: Have fun! Hanging art and photos isn’t about getting things perfect, it’s about showcasing wonderful things that mean something to you. This guide provides helpful ideas and suggestions but really, hanging art and photographs is a personal and subjective endeavour that can uplift your space while spotlighting special works and memories.


Consider Practicality

If you’re hanging pieces in a kitchen or bathroom, hang in a place where they can escape damage from heat, grease and water. Similarly, if hanging a piece near an active fireplace make sure it is not in danger of heat and soot damage.

Use the Right Hooks

Use picture-hanging hooks, rather than heavy nails or screws. Picture-hanging hooks are extremely secure. If possible try to use two picture hooks per hanged piece. Not only does this provide added security but it helps framed art and photos remain more level than when hung from a single point.

Hang Near Eye Level

As a general guideline it is widely suggested that art and other wall-hanging pieces should be placed at or just above eye level. What constitutes eye level of course might change, depending on whether someone is likely to view the pieces while standing or sitting. This is something you should take into consideration.

Cluster Pieces

Grouping, or “clustering”, framed pieces of art or photographs can often be more affordable than framing a large piece to fill empty wall space. Whereas one smaller piece alone would likely look out of place, hanging a cluster of pieces maintains – and even enhances – the balance and scale of the room. Feel free to get creative with clusters. You can pick a theme, like family or black and white photographs, or use a cluster to hang pieces that might otherwise seem out of place if hung on their own.

Think About Scale

Hanging pieces that are too small or too large might make your arrangement look proportionately lopsided. For narrow or small walls hang smaller pictures and for more expansive walls choose larger pieces or clusters of smaller pieces. When hanging larger pieces, try to hang artwork or photos that are approximately two-thirds or 75% of the width of furniture directly underneath it (e.g. bed, couch, table).

Balance is Key

Try not to place all of your hanging pieces in one part of a room, as leaving bare wall space elsewhere creates a noticeable imbalance. Use frames and mats that are different sizes and shapes and that complement others placed in close proximity. When you hang multiple pieces in a cluster some design experts advocate that you use your intuition to achieve a balanced look. However if you are unsure, place larger, heavier-weighted pieces to the bottom left as the eye naturally begins focus toward the left.

Complement Décor Style

While not a “hard and fast” rule, it might be a good idea to have your arrangements complement or underscore your décor scheme. Is the space vibrant, darker or neutral? Is your furniture rustic-inspired, formal or modern? These are variables some think about. Symmetrical arrangements are more traditional while asymmetrical clusters are more casual and modern. Also, consider whether or not an image or art theme suits, or would look out of place within, a specific room or its décor.

Accent Lighting

When lighting is directed to the arrangement it is given an elegant yet dramatic emphasis. It is recommended that lighting be gentle and not produce glare. Track lighting, wall sconces or any other kind of accent lights are great for drawing attention and importance to your art and photos.