How To Hang Art

 

Galleries have a standard and so should your home. Follow this one rule when hanging artwork and give your collection the attention it deserves.

 Art: Alexander Martin, I will Photograph and Styling: Maris Mednis

Art: Alexander Martin, I will
Photograph and Styling: Maris Mednis

Hang the center of the artwork, or grouping of artwork, at 57" above the floor.

This is the height of the average human eye, and often much lower than people typically hang artwork. At this height, art begins a relationship with furniture and starts to "talk" to other pieces in a space – including the rest of the artwork, because now they share a midline.

This will definitely require a bit of math, but the result is worth it. Here's an example for a piece of artwork that is 20"H:

Step One: measure and mark 57"H on the wall

Step Two: measure the height of the artwork and divide by two to find the center (20"/2 = 10"). This midpoint will hit your 57" mark on the wall

Step Three: measure from the top of the artwork to the hanging hardware – hook or tightened wire (3")

Step Four: subtract the hanging hardware distance you found in step three from half of the height (10"-3" = 7")

Step Five: mark the step four distance (7") above your 57" mark, OR 64" on the wall. This is where you put a hole in the wall.

Voila!