One of the most common mistakes people make is hanging pictures [and other art or wall-adornment] too high. The reason for this is simple and innocent–they’ve heard that “eye-level” is the appropriate height. This is not bad advice but let’s face it, eye-level is different for everybody. So, today, we’ve come up with a little tutorial on how to hang your artwork.
There are a couple different scenarios that would dictate placement. The first scenario applies when art is the focal point of the wall, meaning the art is only thing on the wall–there’s no furniture piece under it. The second scenario applies when art is hung over a piece of furniture. We’re only going to discuss the first scenario today in part 1. Part 2 will cover the second scenario so stay tuned for that!
In the first scenario, when art is the focal point and there isn’t any furniture below it, the best rule of thumb is that the center of the art should be 58″ from the floor (regardless of the ceiling height).
The same height applies to various groupings of art…
For an “asymmetrical balance composition” or gallery wall, the center of the composition should be 58″ from the floor.
For a row of art, the center of each piece in the row should be at 58″.
and for a symmetrical balance composition, the center of the space between the upper level and lower level should be at 58″.
Hope this helps! Stay tuned for part 2 next week and feel free to leave any questions in the comment section below!