Everything You Need to Know About How to Hang Art the Right Way

I am a bit of a commitment phobe when it comes to putting holes in the walls. It’s hard enough to find the right piece of art for your home (here are a few of my favorites if you’re on the hunt!), but once you get it home, it’s even harder to decide just where to hang it, much less to know how to hang art the right way! I have been known to let art hide in closets and in dark corners of the house for months, waiting for the perfect spot and the courage to finally put it on the wall. Lol! I’ve walked into one too many homes, restaurants and offices with art hung in a spot that just looks odd to me, and I don’t want to be that person! 😉 

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So, how do you hang art the right way? Believe it or not, there a few simple tips that will make hanging art the right way easy and give you perfect results every time! Don’t miss this post with foolproof tips on getting that art on the wall once you have the perfect spot!

How to Hang Art the Right Way

With the invention of command strips I’ve gotten a lot more brave over the last few years when it comes to actually getting art up on the walls. They are amazing and a lifesaver! No holes! Whether you are hanging art with command strips or nails, here are my 3 tried and tested tips how to hang art the right way.

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57 is the Magic Number – When you are hanging art, you want the center of your art piece to be 57 inches from the floor. For most people, this is eye level. You don’t want to have to strain to look at the art. You want it front and center.

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This rule applies to hanging two pieces or even a grouping of 4 pieces. Make sure that the middle of your grouping hits at that magic number of 57 inches.

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Make a Template – I am a very visual person. (shocker I’m sure! ;)) When you are hanging art and unsure of where you want to put it, get out some paper bags, a pencil and some painters tape. Trace the shape of your artwork onto the paper bags and cut it out. Use that template to tape it up on the wall and make sure you love it in that spot before you put a hole in the wall. This works particularly well when you are hanging multiple pieces or a gallery wall.

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Even Spacing – Make sure that when you are layering art pieces or creating a gallery that there is even spacing between the frames. I like to leave between 1.5 – 3 inches of space between frames, depending on the size of the artwork.

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When I’m hanging art over a piece of furniture like a console table or bed, or over a fireplace mantel 4-6 inches is a good go-to, but depending on the room and placement, I will do as little as 2 inches. This even spacing will keep things looking cohesive.

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Here are a few of my favorite frames for hanging your art right now…

Not ready to commit to actually hanging your art on the wall? Here are a couple other design tips and ideas for displaying art in your home:

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Shelves and picture ledges and easels make great places to display your art! I use easels all over the place!

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Here are some of my favorite easels:

Built-ins, bookshelves, or even a dedicated picture ledge are all great places to display your art that allow you to change out pieces or styles and rearrange them at will. 

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Lean it – One of my favorite ways to have my art look intentional, but also allows me to continue to be non committal. 😉

how to hang art the right way

Lean your frame against the wall, on a shelf, against the fireplace…anywhere! You can layer leaned art pieces over those that are hung too.

Here is some of my favorite art right now. Everything from DIY Print at home to high quality framed prints. Something for every wall! 🙂

Remember to check out this post with foolproof tips for getting that art up on the wall now that you know where it should go! 🙂

Looking for more how-to’s and design inspiration? Be sure to check out our design gallery here for lots of great tips and ideas. 

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Tammy Mitchell is the founder and creative director of lifestyle blog pinkpeppermintdesign.com. Along with being a homeschooling mom of two kiddos, she is also an in-demand prop and event stylist, photographer, interior and graphic designer. On Pink Peppermint Design, she shares creative DIY projects, easy entertaining and gift ideas, inspiring interiors and events. She lives in Southern California, with her husband and two children.

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