Picture Hanging Hack | Hang Art Like A Pro


Before you hang you wall art:

The best advice I've ever had, in regards to hanging art, is used each and every time I have a new client. I alway share this before I make or ship their artwork. It goes like this:
  1. Grab some old newspaper, cardboard or scrape paper.
  2. Cut out the exact dimensions of the art in question (size all pieces)
  3. Use masking tape to piece together larger sizes if needed
  4. Arrange multiple pieces on the floor to determine placement & spacing
  5. Tape the cutouts on the wall exactly where you are planning to hang art
  6. Stand back and view what that placement looks like
  7. Change location, size or arrangement until you're happy
  8. Masking tape allows easy moving of cutouts
  9. Now you have a plan! Leave the cutouts up until you hang for easy guide (or pencil mark the wall)

*I also have a great plan for gallery wall hanging see next post.

Simple Steps to Hang a Single Painting

  1. Measure the height of the art, divide by 2. (1st number)
  2. Measure 60 inches up from the floor (2nd number)
  3. Measure top of your picture to the tightened wire(3rd number)(hanging wire on the back of painting and the top of frame)
  4. Add numbers 1 and 2
  5. Subtract number 3
  6. Put the nail or hook here. 
  7. Hang art. 
*image credit Jason Horejs

*image credit Jason Horejs

The center of the artwork is 60" above the floor. If you stick to this standard, you create a harmony among ALL the pictures in your home.

This standard applies to gallery walls and groups of art as well.
Think of the group as 1 picture. After arranging, start with the center picture/pictures and center them at 60". 
*image credit Jason Horejs

Tips to consider:

Consider the space to be filled (above the fireplace to the ceiling) 
then place it 6-8″ above the piece of furniture and see how it looks. The artwork and the piece of furniture should relate to each other. 

Additional Tips:
  • art hung in a grid works well centered at eye level
  • works for picture ledges too
  • eye-level above a sofa or seating area
  • 6 "- 8" above shelves and furniture
  • multiples look best in odd-numbered groupings. (3 is most popular) 

Remember ..."Three is the key to symmetry" (yes, I just made that up)

I use all-in-one screws/anchors. You can find them at art/hobby stores, DIY stores, retail chains. They support up to 100 lbs without a stud in drywall, concrete or wood. I use a cordless screwdriver and it takes just seconds. 
 Remember to always use your own judgment to apply these rules in your own home. 

I provide an installation consult free of charge for all my clients. Please contact me here for advice or help (or to schedule an installation)
jane@halfbakedart.com or call 404-889-6849.

Here's a link to a downloadable PDF page, courtesy of Jason Horejs and Xanadu Gallery, with detailed instructions that you can save or print for future use:    http://www.xanadugallery.com/HowToHangAPainting/index.php

Next post: hanging a gallery wall (salon wall) in your home

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