Hi all! Welcome back from the long weekend – it’s always nice to start off your week at Tuesday, isn’t it?! So have any of you been reading long enough to remember when I published my post on 20 Rule of Thumb Measurements for Decorating Your Home – can you believe that was over two years ago?! It’s a post that I’ve gotten so many follow-up questions on that I thought I’d write a short series of posts with some additional helpful decorating measurements. First up is artwork – if you struggle with deciding how high to hang a picture or how much distance to put between art in a gallery wall, this post’s for you!
What’s the best height to hang artwork?
- Art should be hung at eye-level with the center of the picture positioned between 56 – 60″ from the floor.
- When hanging one picture directly above another, treat the two art pieces as one large picture with the center point between them being 56 – 60″ from the floor.
How many inches apart should I place pictures in a gallery wall?
- When hanging multiple pieces of art in a grouping, use a spacing of 1 – 3″ between pictures. Smaller pieces of art can be hung a little closer together (1 – 1½”) than larger pieces.
How high should I place pictures and other art when hanging it above furniture?
- When hanging artwork above a piece of furniture, leave 5 – 9″ of space between the top of the furniture piece and the bottom of the frame. This rule of thumb can be used for hanging art over a console or chest of drawers as well as a sofa or headboard.
How high should I hang other wall decor?
- Whether it’s a decorative plate wall or a wall display of a favorite collection, a good rule of thumb is to treat the grouping of wall decor as one item and center it at 56 – 60″ off the floor.
Of course, the most important rule of all is to not be afraid to break the rules! These rule of thumb measurements are great to use as starting points and will help you develop your own eye for hanging artwork at a height that’s perfect in your space. But if something looks and feels right to you but doesn’t fit with these rules, by all means go with your gut and try it out!
Some other Rule of Thumb Measurement posts I’ve got in the works have to do with lighting and decorating your living or family room. If you have other ideas or questions, shoot me an email or leave me a comment to let me know!