Everything you need to know about how to hang art

Everything you need to know about how to hang art

Whether it’s a painting, photograph, or drawing, art can add a sophisticated and unique touch to any home. However, it can be tricky to arrange it in a way that looks good and works with the flow of your house.

In this article, we’re sharing everything you need to know about how to hang art in your house. Keep reading to find the best tips and suggestions for creating an artistic ambience in your home.


Choose an aesthetic

In interior design, art can be used in many different ways to create a unique look. For example, you can choose a single piece of artwork that serves as a feature piece, or you can opt for a mix of prints, photos, and paintings to create an eclectic vibe.

If you like the thought of having multiple pieces hung together (a gallery wall), there are a few tips to keep in mind. First, decide if you want to display them in a grid pattern or at alternating heights. The former option creates a neater look, whereas the latter option brings a funky, artsy aesthetic.


Work on your layout

Either way, your next step is to decide where you want each piece to sit on the wall and take measurements. The golden rule of hanging art is to hang about 150cm off the floor.  That’s roughly eye-level for the average adult so you aren’t looking up or down at it.  Also consider any door frames close by because you don’t want to have the top of your artwork above the top of the door frame.

If you’re creating a gallery wall, you’ll want to consider the shapes and sizes of each piece and map out where everything will go — before you start hanging things up. Also, we recommend measuring equal distances between each piece so that it looks carefully curated rather than sloppily thrown together.

For the best results, create placeholders on the wall to get a better idea of what your final product will look like.

On the other hand, hanging a single piece of artwork is much easier — but still requires some preparation. Get a visual idea of the rough location where you’d like your wall art to hang and mark it with a pencil (we’ll get more precise in the next step).


Start hanging it up

If your artwork is especially heavy, you might need to find a stud or drill into your wall to hang the hook. Otherwise, you can buy special wall hanging kits or adhesive hooks from your local hardware store.

Place your frame along the wall where you’d like it to hang, and use a pencil to note the location. Next, hold the frame hook or picture wire with your finger and see where it hangs, measuring the distance between that spot and your initial pencil mark. Make a mark at that location as well. Finally, install your hook at the second spot you marked and hang your artwork.

Although hanging art isn’t necessarily complicated, it’s important to get it right — especially if you’re putting your home up for sale. Don’t feel like doing it on your own? Reach out to the property styling experts at Pabs, who can get your house in stunning shape before you list it.


Contact Pabs today by calling 1800 20 10 20 or visiting our website.