Want to hang your art like they do in museums and art galleries? This single rule of thumb will assist you in achieving professional results.
Hang art at 57-58″ on center from the floor, meaning the measurement from the floor to the middle of the picture is 57-58″. That puts the art at eye level for most people. If the residents are taller you may want to add an inch or two to that measurement.
One of the biggest mistakes made in both residential and commercial spaces is hanging art TOO high.
What were they thinking? This one is actually in a celebrity’s home…I won’t mention the name.
If you’re hanging a picture gallery the same rule applies just consider the grouping as a whole piece and make the middle of your grouping 57″ from the floor.
A couple of other tips for hanging gallery walls…
…use a common element to tie the grouping together like the same type of frame…
…2-3 inches between pictures keeps the whole piece looking cohesive…
…squaring off the edges is another means of connecting each piece in the gallery wall.
Another pitfall to avoid when placing art in your home is using art that is TOO small. It’s hard to even put this picture on my web site but to prove a point I must. Even the 57″ rule won’t help if the art is too small.
If you’re looking for a piece of art to be placed in a specific location like over the sofa consider that the art should be about 8″ above the furniture. Then take the height of your sofa and use the 57″ rule to determine the approximate height of the art you should be looking for. Don’t skimp on the length either. Take into account the orientation of the furniture you’re hanging art above. A sofa is horizontal so a horizontal piece of art is much better suited than a vertical one.
Like anything else the 57″ rule is not without its exceptions, but it’s an excellent reference point. Museums and galleries have been using it for years. When in doubt call a professional, that’s why we’re here.