We are thrilled you came to visit the gallery. We are excited you have purchased a piece of artwork for your home. We can’t wait for you to send us an image of the new piece in its new environment.
Wait? What? I have to take this home and hang it myself. Eek!
Oddly, this is the biggest fear of most of our collectors. Falling in love and purchasing the art was easy compared to how to decide, measure and hang it in your home? Below are some general guidelines on placement and composition to help you with this process.
The number one rule is to hang work at eye level. Sounds simple, but eye level changes, right? Most galleries hang work at about 58 inches high, some as high as 62 inches. Remember this measurement is the center of the artwork, not at the top of the piece or the frame. This can become a bit problematic if you have a wire hanger, so it’s time to do some math.
The folks at houzz.com suggest measuring the distance between the wire and the top of the frame, then measure the height of the art and divide it in half. Once this is done, measure 58 inches on the wall, add the measurement of half the art’s height and subtract the distance between the wire and the top of the frame. Put the nail here.
Take the process slow and try to only put one nail on the wall. We also suggest creating a template the size of your artwork, this makes it easy to move and change before you commit to the hammer.
If you are hanging multiple pieces, you want to make sure you have two to three inches between each. Also, consider the entire collection of work as one installation. Find the center of it and work from there.
Some other considerations. If you are hanging work in a child’s room, remember their eye level is quite a bit lower than ours. Also, if a room is mainly used for sitting, especially a dining room, the “eye level” is considerably lower.
Just to make everything a bit more confusing, we add furniture. This changes your measurements again. Use the same process as above, but be aware that any artwork should be six to eight inches above a sofa or chair and normally somewhere between a half and two-thirds of the width of what you are hanging it over. When in doubt, go bigger.
The links and images here are clickable for more information, and of course, there are many great decorators and interior designers to help. However, if all else fails, give us a call. We are happy to work with you. Send us an image of your room and we have the technology to help you find that perfect spot and show you what it will look like. If you are local, we are happy to make a home visit to help. We want you to love your new artwork and deciding where you will hang it is a big part of that.
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