Where To Hang Your Art

Black and white wedding photos in Marin with white mats | Via A Dash of Details

Black and white wedding photos in Marin with white mats | Via A Dash of Details

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.

More references: Sarah Sherman Samuel, Emily HendersonElle Decor

On its Own, At the Right Height

 Line of family photos in Irvine Slim with white mats | Via Ashlee Proffitt

 Line of family photos in Irvine Slim with white mats | Via Ashlee Proffitt

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.

More references: A Cup of Jo, Apartment Therapy

Doubled Up as a Diptych

Diptych in Irvine Slim with no mat | Via Sarah Sherman Samuel

Diptych in Irvine Slim with no mat | Via Sarah Sherman Samuel

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 support@framebridge.com and our designers will lend you a hand!)

Diptych in our Irvine Slim frame with no mat | Via Sarah Sherman Samuel

Diptych in our Irvine Slim frame with no mat | Via Sarah Sherman Samuel

Intentionally Asymmetrical, With a Point of Reference

"Poolside Glamour" by Slim Aarons in Mandalay | Via Style Your Senses

"Poolside Glamour" by Slim Aarons in Mandalay | Via Style Your Senses

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.)

More references: Cheetah is the New Black, Emily Henderson, and Anne Sage

Don’t hang it at all. Lean it.

Instagram Minis in Mandalay | Via @threefivetoo

Instagram Minis in Mandalay | Via @threefivetoo

Art by Clare Elsaesser in Irvine Slim | Via @corawallin

Art by Clare Elsaesser in Irvine Slim | Via @corawallin

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 support@framebridge.com, and they’ll help you find the perfect spot for your piece.

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