One of the most common mistakes made in hanging artwork is placing the art too high on the wall. A rule of thumb is to hang your artwork with the center of the artwork just about eye level when standing (Illustration 1), or just below eye level on pieces over 30 inches tall. However, if you sit in a room more often than stand, you might consider placing your artwork just below standing eye level.
Where you place your treasured photos makes a difference. We recommend hanging them on smaller walls, in hallways or in entrances where they can be viewed and appreciated close up.
Art Size Related to Wall Size
As a general rule, the size of your art should relate to the size of your wall. Hang large artwork on large walls and smaller artwork on smaller walls. You can also use groupings in place of larger artworks.
Art Size Related to Furniture Size
When hanging art over a piece of furniture, such as a table, chair or couch, the artwork should not be wider than the furniture itself. A rule of thumb is to limit the art width to 80% or less of the furniture width (Illustration 2). As for height, 6-10 inches above the furniture is recommended, regardless of the ceiling height.
Environment and Placement
Paintings and prints have a tendency to fade when exposed to direct sunlight for an extended period of time. Bright rooms are fine, as long as you hang the artwork away from direct exposure. If you must hang art in direct sunlight, consider using Conservation Glass which is designed to block some of the damaging UV light. Placement of art near steamy showers, tubs or various dry heat sources should also be avoided whenever possible.
Hanging Groupings in a Limited Space
The Beehive Picture Hangers® make hanging groupings simple. However, there may be times when you need to fit a grouping into an exact, or limited amount of space.
Step 1: Attach the Beehive Picture Hangers® (Purchase Here) to each frame in your grouping.
Step 2: Lay the frames on your floor and test various arrangements until you find one you like (Illustration 3). TIPS: Keep the spacing between frames relatively close, so you don’t lose the visual effect. Anywhere from 2 – 5 inches should work well, depending on the size and width of each frame.
Step 3: Once you’ve decided on your arrangement, turn the pictures over in reverse order, with the backs facing up (Illustration 4). Now place a large sheet of craft paper, gift wrapping paper or newspaper over the frames. Depending on the size of your grouping, you may need to tape two or more sheets together to cover the frames.
Step 4: Gently press the paper where each Beehive Picture Hanger is located so the Positioning Points on the hangers puncture the paper TIP: You may find it convenient to tape the paper to your floor while punching the holes.
Step 5: Turn the paper over and tape it to the wall in the position you want to hang your grouping. Be sure to use a low tack painter’s tape so you don’t damage your walls.
Step 6: Using a pencil, mark the wall through the holes in the paper.
Step 7: Remove the paper from the wall.
Step 8: Insert your Beehive Support Pins where you’ve made your marks.
Step 9: Hang and adjust your frames if necessary.