How To Hang A Picture – Wall Art Tips

November 16, 2019

No home is complete without having at least one piece hung on a wall. Whether it’s a photo, or a piece of art, it’s an essential item that takes a house into a home. However, it comes to installing this art, some homeowners may find themselves missing the golden rule – to always hang your art at 57” on centre.

57” On Centre

"On centre" means that the middle of the artwork is always at 57” which represents the average human eye-height and is regularly used as a standard in many galleries and museums. This applies to hanging art on an open wall or above lower furniture, however it’s a good benchmark to guide yourself. Additionally, when hanging a "gallery wall," better balance is found when larger/heavier pieces are hung on the left, not the centre or the right side (as seen here with the largest piece on the left). This will bring your art at the perfect proportion to the rest of your home, furniture, and decor. If you you’ve got many pieces of art, it will also create harmony throughout these pieces and create a more cohesive look all together.

Guide To Hanging

Step 1: Measure and lightly mark 57" on the wall, measuring up from your floor.

Step 2: Measure artwork and divide by 2 (this gives you the centre)

Step 3: Measure top of your picture to the tightened wire (or wherever you’ll hanging it from). This should be a pretty small amount, depending on your frame or canvas.

Step 4: Subtract that "tight wire" amount from number you figured out in step 2. This will tell you how far above 57" your hook should go.

Step 5: Lightly mark wall just above 57" with the "to the hook" amount you figured out in step 4.

Step 6: Hang that art with confidence!