Essential Guide for Hanging Pictures in Your Home

Have you ever wondered what interior designers’ guidelines are for hanging pictures in your home? Well, there are a few tricks that can help you curate wall art in your home that complements other decor seamlessly. When arranged and hung properly, wall decor can give off an elevated, professionally-designed look. However, when pictures are not hung correctly, they can really hinder the look of a space. There are a handful of mistakes that are quite common. But the good news is, they’re an easy fix!

Wall art and pictures help embody the personality of your home. They are a staple decor item that can help pull together the color scheme and overall vibe of your home. Having wall art and photos on your walls can create a cozy and homey vibe versus just having empty walls in each room.

Picture hanging is one of the areas of decorating where there are a few common mistakes. Firstly, if art is hung too high it can feel like it is floating. This mistake is often made when people are just trying to fill a space. If you find yourself wanting to hang your framed selection higher, it may mean that you need a larger piece or a few surrounding pieces to create a grouping. The distance from the floor and above furniture pieces should always be consistent.

Secondly, having too much space between art or pictures that are hung in multiples can make a space feel disjointed. This mistake is often made when working to create a gallery effect or if you have several pieces you want in one space. Too much space can disrupt the flow of the grouping. When hanging multiple pieces, your goal should be that eyes easily flow over the decor.

Just a few small tweaks to these practices can take your space from ho-hum to wow! Let’s take look at some of the pro tips to keep in mind when hanging pictures in your home.

Tips for Hanging Pictures like a Pro

Here are a few tips and best practices when hanging pictures or art in your home. Keeping these in mind will help create that elevated look you are seeking to accomplish.

1. Use the 57 rule.

To create a feeling that the art “belongs” on a wall, place it at eye level. This is about 57-60″ above the floor. This rule applies to just one piece or a group of pictures. For a group, consider it like one bigger piece. You will also keep this rule in place no matter if there is an odd or even number of pictures.

Use the 57 rule when hanging about furniture pieces as well. This method works for almost all furniture pieces: dressers, console tables, beds, couches, and sofas. Something to keep in mind: make sure you have at least 6-8″ above the furniture or you may need a slight adjustment.

2. Don’t put too much space between pictures.

You should never have more than 2-4″ between pictures. This is true for both vertical and horizontal space between your pieces. If there is still too much space left on the wall, adding another picture to the group is a better alternative than if you were adding more space between the pieces. Less is more in this instance. Too much space creates a disjointed feel for the overall grouping.

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3. Consider the width of the furniture vs. the width of the art.

If you are creating a look centered around a bed, console table, couch, etc., the width of your art should ideally be about two-thirds the width of the furniture. Art should never be wider than your furniture. This guideline applies anything from buffets to dressers. It is also true for single pieces of art as well as groupings.

4. Go bigger vs smaller.

It is always safer to go slightly bigger vs smaller. The scale helps give your walls a sense of balance. For most homes, ceilings are at least 8′ tall, and adding more size to the artwork hung creates harmony from floor to ceiling. Larger scale pieces also give off a more elevated look.

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Favorite Tricks for Hanging Pictures

Now that you know where to hang pictures, let’s look at some tricks for easier hanging. Here are a few pro tips and tricks for hanging pictures, mirrors and other wall art. Use these hacks to make hanging pictures in your home an easier task.

1. Use Painters Tape

By using painter’s tape, you can map out exactly where you plan your pictures to go. Once you have a visual on the wall, you will be able to take a step back and assess. Use this as step one before putting any nails into your walls!

You can also use painter’s tape to measure the distance between hanging hardware. That means no more worrying about removing screws or nails after you think you’ve found the perfect placement. You can rest assured that your spacing is completely accurate and aesthetically pleasing before damaging your walls.

2. Use Command Strips

Command products are perfect for lightweight pieces. They are a great risk-free approach to hanging pictures, leaving no damage to your walls. That means you won’t have to touch up paint after taking any photos down. It also gives you the freedom to change your selections in the future. A huge perk if you change out decor seasonally!

With Command products like the Velcro strips or the hooks, you always want to allow time for the sticky to “cure” on the wall before adding the weight of the piece you’re hanging. An hour or two is usually good, but skipping this step can make the product not as effective.

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3. Layer Pictures on Horizontal Surfaces

If you’re looking to create an extra chic look, you can layer pictures by leaning them in front of mirrors or other wall art on horizontal surfaces like tables or dressers. This creates a nice effect in any space, especially bedrooms or entryways. Leaning pictures or art creates an effortless look. You will also add interest by creating a vignette with a leaning piece of art. Some of the best places to layer art are dressers, console tables, sideboards, bookshelves, and wall shelves. You should still use the rules above for how high to hang anything that goes on the walls, but adding interest with the extra-leaning piece creates that effortlessly elevated look.

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Favorite Affordable Art

Some of the best pieces of art can be found on affordable sites like Etsy. These pieces are great for hanging or layering. You can also check out the CASS methods for printing and framing these type of pieces here.

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I hope this guide to hanging pictures and art is helpful to you. By keeping these tips and tricks in mind, you can create a sophisticated look in any room of your home. The main pointers are to use the 57 Rule, Remember that less space = more when spacing out your pieces, and use the right tools (Command products and Painter’s Tape) when getting ready to hang your art.

Art is a perfect way to showcase your personality. You can really convey the vibe of your home by integrating art and wall decor in your spaces. Hopfully, this helps you do it with ease!

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