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7 Tips for Hanging Wall Art Like A Pro

If hanging art stifles your know-how, listen up! You’ve fallen in love with your new wall art and want it to look PERFECT, but you can’t find a wall stud, you’re having issues with your level, and you didn’t realize just how heavy it is.

Sad but true, we’ve all been there but, fortunately, we’ve put together some simple tips for hanging art that can make the whole process a joyful experience.

1. Consider your color schemes and themes first.

Keep in mind the mood you’re hoping to evoke in each space. Whether it’s one piece or many, exciting, bold colors liven up a room, while warm, muted colors reflect a more calming energy.

2. Making a rough draft is a good idea before hanging.

It is a good idea to use newspaper or craft paper into templates that fit the size of the art and then tape them to the wall with painter’s tape. This will give you a nice visual as to how it’ll look before hanging your art but without hammering a bunch of unnecessary holes into your wall. If this seems to be too much for you, another option would be to lay the artwork on the floor in your preferred pattern. Now, you can play around with the arrangement, and see how they look when placed next to one another. This will help you decide the optimal layout.

3. Choose a pattern.

Artwork should be easily viewable, whether it’s one piece of art or multiple pieces hanging as a group. When hanging multiples, choose a pattern to follow. It can be a simple grid that maximizes the use of line. For a more organic layout, select one that suits your personality. Be sure to keep the spacing between the artworks consistent and make sure EVERYTHING is level.

4. Match up different sizes.

When using large art to be striking and make a statement demands room to be appreciated. Smaller artwork is ideal for wall space in between doors and windows or creating a group to display together.

When hanging art above a sofa or bed, make sure the layout is about one-third of the furniture’s size.

If not, the artwork will then appear to be odd by comparison. AGAIN, keep it at eye level.

5. Work within the parameters of the space.

One of the worst things to do is hang art too high or too low on the wall. To determine the right height, ask the question – will people be sitting down often or merely walking through? An easy way to determine if your artwork is at eye level, your head should NOT be moving up or down as you admire the space.

If a room has multiple doors and windows, the artwork should be arranged to line up with the middle of the frames and not the top or bottom. The corner of a room can be utilized as well. The typical eye level is between 57 and 60 inches from the floor (some argue 60 - 66 inches). So, having the center of the art at this height – not the top – is suggested.

6. Make a revolving gallery.

If you have run out of wall space, try swapping out the artwork occasionally. Changing out one piece for another might change the mood or feel of the room entirely and provide a different feel that could make the artwork and your living space pop.

Be sure that when you’re hanging art you have a sturdy place on the wall. You don’t want it to fall off.

7. If this is still not your thing, hire a professional.

I realize this is ALOT, so if you are feeling like this is too much or feel like you might end up with 10x the number of nail holes needed and you are in the Houston, Sugar Land or Pearland area, please reach out by sending an email or call us at 281-699-6678.

Thanks for reading,

Yulonda Buster, Designs by Duchess

Award Winning Home Stager and Interior Designer


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