tips for hanging art

The reason why so many head to our website and buy original art online is so that they can invest in stunning pieces of contemporary art. Once purchased and delivered to your door, the full, dramatic, transformative effect that a piece of artwork can have on any room is clear. However, it is only possible to leverage the full aesthetic impact of your artistic investment if it is hung properly and more importantly, professionally.

There are a multitude of factors to consider, making the process of hanging artwork an ‘art’ in itself! To ensure that you realise the full potential of your latest Art2Arts purchase, making it the stunning focal feature that it deserves to be, here are some tips to follow to hang it the professional way.


Hang it at eye level

Contemporary art was created to be appreciated, so it is important to hang it at eye level. While heights may differ, average ‘eye level’ is considered to be 57”. Try to ensure that the centre of the artwork, not the top of the art, hits this mark. If you are creating a ‘gallery wall’ with lots of different paintings, make the group also centre around 57”. (Apartment Therapy also wrote a blog post about this)

Even if using a long shelf to display your pictures across the room, keep this at the 58” height. This is a technique utilised by galleries, and will add an expert touch to your home.

But consider the height of the room

If you are hanging art in a room with particularly low ceilings, then hanging it at 58” may appear unnaturally high. Try to use this theory, but bear in mind the proportion of the room you are dealing with.

Also consider the surrounding furniture

If you want to hang a painting above the sofa in the living room but the piece is only A4 size, it will not have the same impact as it would if it was hung on an alternative wall. As a general rule, ensure that your artwork is at least two-thirds the size of the furniture below it. If you don’t want to purchase a piece of large artwork, why not hang multiple, smaller pieces to make up the surface area instead?

Plan your arrangement using paper

Hanging and re-hanging art will cause damage to your wall, not to mention the art (appearing very unprofessional), so practice your arrangement using pieces of paper first until you are happy with your design.

If you want further advice on how to hang your artwork professionally, get in touch with a member of our team – we’re happy to help you find ways to display your new contemporary art, making it a focal point to be proud of!


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