Design Tips

Solving The Mystery Of What Size And Where To Hang Artwork And Mirrors

You might call me crazy, but in the midst of spring cleaning, I always find that this is the best time to refresh your home with a little artwork.

Believe it or not, there is actually an art to hanging artwork and mirrors; although, it is not difficult to figure out if you follow these few simple steps!

“I am a strong believer that less can sometimes be more. Instead of hanging something on every available wall, I typically choose one or two pieces that will stand out as a strong focal point in the room and enhance the overall design.”

First, think about the size of your space in contrast to the size of your artwork. A good rule to follow is for it to be 2/3 the width of the furniture below it.

One of the most common mistakes when hanging artwork and mirrors is that they are hung too high. I know the rule of thumb is typically to hang artwork at eye level, but heights can vary. Follow these tricks to help solve this mystery!

Hanging A Single Piece of Artwork: The center of the piece should be between 56” – 60” from the floor, so it’s on display at eye level. If mounting above a sofa or a piece of large furniture, I suggest leaving about 5” – 9” of space between the top of the furniture and the bottom of the artwork.

Hanging Two Pieces of Artwork: I always recommend leaving between 2” – 3” between each piece to create a nice balance. 

Tip: If you are not sure about the placement of artwork or a mirror and don’t want to nail it in the wall quite yet, try placing it on a table as a test.

At the end of the day, it is your space and you want to make sure what you hang reflects your personal style, and most importantly makes you happy every time you walk by!

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