Where To Hang Your Art
Have a piece you love but not sure where its perfect home is... in your home? We've got a few ideas.
Centered, Above a Piece of Furniture
Large pieces (whether portrait or landscape) look great centered above couches, credenzas, and tables in living and dining rooms. If you go this route, plan for the center of the art to be directly above the center of the piece of furniture and for the bottom of your piece to be 5 - 8 inches above the top. If you’re working with a couch or chair with a low back, set it up so the bottom of the art is 5 - 8 inches above someone’s head when sitting.
On its Own, At the Right Height
If the best spot for your piece happens not to be above a piece of furniture, just be sure the center of the piece is about 57” above the ground. Most people hang art too high in this scenario, but the best approach is to place it so it’s right at eye level for an average person.
Doubled Up as a Diptych
A great way to display a large piece of art? Crop it into halves, frame each half separately, and hang centered above a piece of furniture. We suggest keeping about four inches between the two pieces. (P.S. Uneasy about cropping your photo or piece? Email email@example.com and our designers will lend you a hand!)
Intentionally Asymmetrical, With a Point of Reference
We love the look of one or a few pieces of art hung above furniture, but substantially off from the center. The key to placement here is that it has to look intentional—any pieces that are just a few inches off-center will look like they were hung incorrectly. Not a good look. Hang the art at least 8 inches left or right of the center of the furniture, and the bottom 5 - 8 inches above the top.
In a Gallery Wall, Because Obviously
Gallery walls are the best way to make a statement when you have lots of pieces you love. They’re beautiful above furniture in entryways, halls, or living rooms. Keep it clean and cool by keeping things in one style and frame (like family photos in a clean frame style) or mix new and old pieces for a layered, collected look. For placement purposes, think of gallery walls as one giant piece of art; the center should be about 57” from the ground if hung on its own and directly above the center of the piece of furniture. And again here, the bottom of the grouping should be 5 - 8 inches above the top. (Reminder: if you need some help designing that perfect arrangement, we can help.)
Don’t hang it at all. Lean it.
Sometimes, it's ok not to commit. We're actually big fans of how casual a leaned frame looks. Especially when the art size hits an extreme. Instagram Minis, for example, look adorable leaned on a nightstand or in a bookcase, while oversized statement pieces look amazing leaned on a large piece of furniture. The two sizes can even play well together – often creating a beautiful variation in size and scale.
Still not sure? Not a problem. Our designers are ready to help. Shoot them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and they’ll help you find the perfect spot for your piece.
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