6 Tips for Hanging Art

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A visually stunning display of Tim Yanke artwork

Hanging art can turn the joy of collecting into a stress, but thanks to some tips from Craig Walker, Gallery Assistant at Park West Gallery, anyone can transform their space into a personal gallery.

 

1. Choosing a pattern

The rule of thumb is that artwork should be easily viewable, regardless of if it’s one work or multiple hanging as a group.

When hanging multiple artworks, select a pattern to follow. It can be a simple grid that maximizes the use of line, or a more organic layout that suits your personality like the Simon Bull paintings seen below. With any pattern, try to keep the spacing between the artworks consistent.

“Just make sure everything is level when you hang the artwork up,” Walker says.

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This display of Simon Bull art shows how an organic pattern can be visually appealing

 

2. Work within the space

Walker says when hanging art, try not to place it too high or low on the wall. Consider the room it’s hanging in when determining the right height – are people sitting down often, or simply walking through?

“You want to have the artwork at eye level,” Walker says. “You want to see it without moving your head up or down.”

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A horizontal arrangement of Tomasz Rut art

The typical eye level is about 57 inches from the floor, so having the center of the art at this height – not the top – is recommended.

If a room has multiple doors and windows, arrange the artwork to line up with the middle of the frames instead of the top or bottom. Even the corner of a room can be utilized for a unique setup, as seen here with these Mark Kanovich works:

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A corner display can transform your home into a gallery space

 

3. Make a “rough draft” before hanging art

Cut newspaper or kraft paper into templates that match the size of the art and tape them to the wall with painter’s tape. This gives a nice visual as to how it’ll look prior to hanging your art without hammering a bunch of unneeded holes into your wall.

Another option is to lay them out on the floor in your desired pattern. By doing so, you can play around with the configuration, see how they look when placed next to one another and determine the optimal arrangement.

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Notice how these works by Yaacov Agam pair well together

 

4. Color schemes and themes

When choosing which works to place together, Walker suggests selecting a color scheme and choosing art based on that scheme. By doing this, you can use different framing styles and maintain a theme. Art with neutral colors can be mixed into a color scheme to provide some variety.

Whether it’s one work or many, keep in mind what mood you’re hoping to evoke. Exciting, bold colors from artists like Peter Max liven up a room, while warm, subdued colors from artists like Csaba Markus reflect a calming energy.

Naturally, specific rooms can have matching paintings. Those with a bar or poker table are perfect for works from artists like Scott Jacobs and Michael Godard. Landscapes like those created by David Najar help open up a smaller room.

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This landscape by David Najar opens up the space of this corner

 

5. Try different sizes

Large art is impressive and makes a statement, and thus requires room to be admired. Smaller artwork, on the other hand, is perfect for wall space in between doors and windows or creating a group to display together.

When hanging art above furniture like a sofa or bed, make sure the layout is about a third of the furniture’s size, as the artwork will otherwise appear odd by comparison. Again, keep it within eye level.

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Artwork of different sizes by Autumn de Forest are used to great effect in this pattern

 

6. Create a rotating gallery

If you’ve simply run out of wall space, try changing out the artwork. Who knows, swapping out one work for another might completely change the mood or feel of the room, and provide a different atmosphere that might make the artwork pop.

Regardless of how you hang your art, Walker’s last bit of advice is the most crucial.

“Make sure when you’re hanging art that you have a sturdy place on the wall so it doesn’t fall,” he says.

 

For more tips, check out our infographic about how to hang art or our article on how to display sculptures.

What does your home gallery look like? Show us your Park West Gallery art by posting pictures on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages!

13 Responses to 6 Tips for Hanging Art

  1. Larry and Lori Robertson says:

    The 6 tips are very helpful.Thank You.

  2. patricia gaddis says:

    I found your 6 tips for hanging art very helpful.
    Thank you

  3. Margaret Hanson says:

    Thanks for providing these important considerations to keep in mind when hanging art.

  4. Patty says:

    I find it very fascinating that this article came out just now. We have finally finished remodeling a room to be a guest room this weekend. The finishing touches are to hang my Peter Max’s and my Romero Britto.I wondered if the temperature in the room can be too hot? I do not want my paintings to be at risk. Is there any information or advice you can share with me regarding this issue?

    • parkwestgal says:

      Hi Patty! As a general rule, 55-65 degrees is recommended, but as long as you keep the temperature within a 20-degree range for 24-hour periods, it should be fine. For example, if the art is placed somewhere that fluctuates from 65-75 degrees F in 25 hours, it should be all right.

  5. Lone Almvik says:

    Please show me anatole Krasnyansky…

  6. B. Brown says:

    Appreciate your 6 tips. Can a wall or room have too much art? When does it become too busy? Thank you.

    • parkwestgal says:

      In those instances, it really comes down to personal tastes to determine if there is too much or too little art on the walls. What matters the most is if you continually enjoy what you see!

  7. Linda says:

    Do you have any tips for hanging art on window pane paneling? I have it centered now and it looks great but how can I fit more in the same space?

  8. Jim McManigle says:

    We have a problem with our art from Park West could you help? The black backing that is used bleeds through on the wall. Is there any way to stop this and remove the marks? Thank you

  9. Leviticus Bennett says:

    I like your idea to set up a rough draft before hanging art. I have a couple of pieces of framed artwork I’m planning to hang in my bathroom, but can’t decide how to arrange them. A rough draft will be great to help me get a better idea of how the layout should be on the wall.

  10. Ivy Baker says:

    Having a lot of sizes of paintings does seem like it would help make your gallery more interesting. I like seeing all the different techniques that you can use hen you are painting on a variety of canvas.

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