How to Properly Hang Art
It’s comparable to a movie character sporting a terrible wig when art is mounted incorrectly on a wall. It’s just a little tricky to avoid seeing it, and you secretly wish you could simply pull it off, knowing how much better life would be without it. Although it greatly distracts from your experience, it doesn’t ruin it.
They constantly question me cautiously when I enter someone’s home that I don’t know all that well, “Do you instantly start analyzing the design and pick it apart?” I usually say something cliche like, “Oh no! When I’m not at work, I’m not at work, so I just turned it off. In actuality, I do.
It’s comparable to a chef seeing the quality of the food at a neighborhood barbecue or a fashion designer noticing a nice outfit on a total stranger. Whether you want to or not, you must simply do it. Do I glare, judge, and give a damn? In no way. But I’m conscious of it, and I frequently notice the same simple errors being made repeatedly. We started this series because it happens so frequently that I’m itching to offer unsolicited advice on how to repair them.
When I was growing up, all of our artwork was absurdly high, taking up the top quarter of the wall, so you virtually had to crane your neck to view it. This pattern is still present. The following general advice:
- Yes, it should be “eye level,” but not if you are extremely tall or if your ceilings are quite low. Think of the artwork as being in the third quadrant, counting up from the floor, if the wall were divided vertically into four sections (moving from bottom to top).
- If it’s a collection of works of art, you must regard the entire collection as a single work and begin and end it where it makes the most sense.
- Include as much of the wall as you can and position your collection to follow the contours of the wall. The very last thing you want is for your artwork to appear miniature on a large wall.
It doesn’t appear deliberate and detracts from how well your painting looks.
We made an effort to develop some broad guidelines for how high or how large the art should be. Even though the situation is quite complex. To assist engage the entire room, keep in mind that if your walls are very high, you can go higher. And if your piece of furniture is very low, you should think about going lower. However, in general, try to occupy as much wall space as you can while leaving room around the pieces to prevent them from being squeezed against the furniture, wall, or molding.
I prefer that artwork be approximately 8 inches or so above a piece of furniture. I’ve done it closer, and I always thought that one looked a little cramped. Usually, 6′′ to 10′′ provides you enough distance to do that if you’re seated in front of it since you don’t want it to strike your head if you do.
Because we are all different heights, everyone’s “eye level” varies, hence this rule no longer holds. It may need to be removed if there isn’t any furniture below it. I’m sure that galleries have a regulation about the middle of the artwork being at eye level or something.
Don’t be frightened to descend. If the piece of furniture is large enough, set it 6-8 inches above it and see how it looks. Take into account the space you need to occupy (from a credenza’s top to the ceiling). The item of furniture and the artwork should be related to one another and be situated close enough to one another so that they interact with the entire wall as a whole. If there is a significant void in between, it frequently appears disconnected.
Always prefer somewhat “too big” art to art that is too little. So if you must choose, choose a larger size. Instead of being a size accident, you made a perfect choice.
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