Avoid These Mistakes When Displaying Art

So you’re trying to decorate your home, and you bought all this great artwork. But when it comes time to hang it up, you can’t seem to make it look right! While Artsie offers a great variety of art, that also means there’s a lot of room for error when it comes to displaying it all. To help you hang and display all your art in a visually and aesthetically appealing way, we’re here to share with you all the mistakes that can be made when hanging art, and how to avoid them.


Hanging Art Too High

The most important thing to remember, especially for large pieces of art, is to hang them up at eye level. When hanging up one large, single piece of art, try to aim for 60 inches from the center of the painting to the floor. If you’re hanging art above a piece of furnituresay, a sofa for exampleyou don’t want there to be an excess of blank space between the art and sofa. To avoid this, a good rule of thumb is to leave about five inches of space between a piece of furniture and where the bottom of your artwork begins.


Hanging Paired Art Pieces Too Far Apart

If two small pieces are being hung in the same spot, or they came as a set, treat them as one piece. You don’t want them to look disconnected, but to work together. When small pieces are hung together, make sure they are only a few inches apart.


You Can’t Just Hang Up a Collage Wall

When you have a large space to work with and a variety of art to display, a collage wall is a perfect solution; however, the spacing, placement, and pieces have to be well thought out before you begin hanging things up, hoping that it works. Your collage wall can either go one of two ways: everything is similar, or everything is different. For either one, though, use a good variety of sizes. Large and medium art pieces should be placed 2-3 inches apart, while smaller pieces can go about 1.5 to 2.5 inches apart.


Using the Wrong Scale

Be sure to take into consideration the amount of wall space or the busyness of a room when choosing the size of an art piece for a space. If you do choose to go with a smaller piece of art when the space calls for something larger, the situation can always be remedied by reframing the art piece into a larger, thicker frame.


Don’t Get Too Caught Up On Matching

You shouldn’t always feel limited to the color schemes of a room, or confined to only have a certain variety of art in your home. Don’t make your house boring by hanging the same kind of art in every room of your house; spice things up with colors that pop in a monotone space. Feel free to display everything from floral paintings to abstract artwork to photographic collages (maybe not all on the same wall, but don’t be afraid to switch it up room by room!).


Hanging Up Too Much Art

Think of negative space as a positive thing: you don’t need art taking up every free wall space in your house. It’s okay for a hallway to be blank, or for one piece of art to stand alone on a wall. Don’t feel like you need to fill up the space, because sometimes, less is more.


Not Hanging Paintings Up With the Proper Hanging Equipment

DON’T FALL VICTIM TO CROOKED PAINTINGS. Take the time to find the right equipment for your art that will support it, and keep it centered and secure. The last thing you want is to take the time finding the perfect spot in your house for a beautiful piece, only for it to hang crooked for the world to see.


Only Sticking to the Walls

Feeling lazy? Don’t be afraid to lean art up against a wall instead of hanging it up. Place it on top of a dresser or table, if you want! It’s not just easier, it will also help bring your art into the mix of your room’s other accessories and furniture.


After reading this, you officially have all the knowledge you need to flawlessly display any work of art in your home; you’re basically a decorating guru. In need of some new art to practice hanging? Let us help! Check out all the artwork we have to offer. Happy hunting!


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