How to Hang Your Artwork

By Kelly Nolan –

We at Simply Divine Interiors get many calls on hanging artwork, especially when moving into a new house. We also get asked how to hang a family photo collage. Picture hanging can be overwhelming at first, so just take one room at a time. If you just moved into a new home, we suggest that you lay your artwork against the walls where you think you want to hang them. Then, you can address the artwork you have left and then move it around if you need to at the end, and you haven’t made any holes in your walls yet!

One of the biggest mistakes we see when people hang their own artwork is that it is too high. As a general rule, the center of the artwork should be 60 inches, which is the average eye level. You want to walk in the room and look straight into the art, not bending your neck to look up at it. Sometimes we do hang artwork higher if the client is tall, or if you have a two-story room.

So how do you hang a collage of art or photos? I always lay all of the frames on the floor to get an idea of what to do. That way, I can move frames around until I get it right and then hang them. Start with the center, with the largest frame and then, work your way out from there. There is no right or wrong way, so relax! The spacing for between larger artwork is around 2 to 3 inches and when hanging smaller frames, it can be closer together, a 1 to 1.5 inch spacing.

You can also move your artwork around the home. Putting a piece of art in a different area of the house can give it a whole new look, and you don’t even have to buy a new piece. You can also switch out your family photo collages to freshen things up. Remember, fixing an art hole is easy with a bit of spackle and paint. Have fun with it!