What size art for where and how should I hang it? How can I create a show stopping gallery of art as a feature? What height should my art be placed at on a wall? These questions and more are often asked of me when I’m on a consult so today I thought I would write a blog post to help you all with your art displaying and hanging. I got some help from the professionals along the way too.
As a guide always hang your art around eye level. Meaning that the middle of the picture should be at 1450mm from the ground. Check out the formula that Maxwell Ryan from Apartment Therapy uses to achieve this, he also says (or has heard on the grapevine) it is the formula that art galleries and museums use.
Step By Step Instructions to hanging your art:
A. Measure from the floor up your wall to 1450mm high and lightly mark
B. Measure artwork height and divide by 2 (this gives you the center)
C. Measure top of your picture to the tightened wire (a small amount)
D. Subtract (C) “tight wire” amount from (B) 1/2 height amount for the “to the hook” amount. This will tell you how far above 1450mm your hook should go
E. Lightly mark wall just above 1450mm with the “to the hook” amount
A. Picture is 508mm tall
B. Middle is at 254mm (this mid point should rest at 1450mm)
C. Wire comes to 50mm below the top
D. 254mm – 50mm = 203mm
E. Lightly mark 203mm above your first mark OR 1651mm on the wall
1450mm + 1/2 picture height minus pin to top of picture = where to place hook
Consider grouping your art together for more impact rather than scattering the pieces on various walls around the room.
When creating a gallery of art select art that is similar in colour scheme so that it looks harmonious to the eye when it is hanging on the wall. Choose lots of different size pieces of art to make up your gallery and group the art so that they are evenly spaced but look visually appealing. You can also add three dimensional items to the mix to create more interest for the eye as well. This clip from Temple and Webster shows you how.
Be careful with the scale of your art. If you have high ceilings and large rooms you can hang larger art in your space.
Below are some tips that I have put together for clients in the past that you also may find helpful. I find the below 3M picture hanger works well as the hook is at the top meaning no matter where your canvas string or D ring is you won’t see your 3M picture hanger sticking over the top of your art work.
Above is 3M Picture Hanging Strips, these are ideal for use when hanging a gallery wall see link below for how to apply.
Make sure you check out the links and videos below from other designers, they have some really helpful and invaluable tips as well. And as Maxwell says, go hang some art today!!
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