A large, wide wall calls for large art, and a small, narrow wall calls for small art (Thank you, Captain Obvious). Art, furniture, and other decorative items should come together to create a cohesive visual composition. When the art is too small, the furniture beneath it looks graceless and bulky. And when art is hung too high, there is an awkward gap between the art the the nearby furniture, so that the pieces look separate and strange. These are the rules:
- Hang art at eye level. The center of the piece should be approximately five feet from the floor.
- Art should be approximately as wide as the furniture beneath it. It can be a bit narrower, but no wider.
- If you're hanging more than one piece together, don't hang them too far apart!
- Large walls need large art, and small walls need small art. I can't emphasize this enough!
Hang your art like these folks, and receive compliments from all your friends:
|The DIY ribbon garland is just the right size to hang over the bed.|
|The large, square paintings over the sectional are perfectly proportional.|
But I'm not sure why there is a huge buckeye in the middle of the floor?
|The single piece of art over the two chairs creates visual cohesion.|
|The group of four paintings functions as one large piece of art, and fits perfectly over the bench.|
Some people hang their art too high.
Some people hang tiny pieces of art over large pieces of furniture.
This person did both things at the same time!
|Doesn't this piece of art look lonely? A group of framed pieces, or a single larger piece, would be better here.|
Big blank walls in an otherwise full room look strange.
|Where is the art?! |
That blank wall is sad, and the garland only emphasizes the empty wall space.
Hanging the garland lower would help.
Some people don't realize that the rules for hanging art apply to shelves and storage pieces, too.
|This isn't art, but the same principles apply.|
Either use that towel bar, or choose a larger storage shelf!
As it is, the empty space is awkward.
That's how you get mistakes like this:
Many people are used to art hung too high, and when they're shown the proper place for their pictures, they protest: "That's too low! Won't that look weird?" Not as weird as the gap between the art and the sofa, my dears!