Art hanging primer for your apartments

Art hanging primer for your apartments

You’ve got great art, beautiful pictures, and they’re all wrapped up in mah-velous frames… now what do you do? You want everything to look its best, particularly if you’ve invested a substantial amount in collecting some really nice pieces. Getting everything to look great is easier than you think; just keep these professional hanging tips in mind when you get to work.

Frames. Many people make the mistake of matching the frames to everything else in the room; what you really want to do is match the frame to the art it holds. That will encourage a cohesive, pleasing look.

Many frames on a wall

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Height. Look to galleries for inspiration, since they’re the experts. 57-60 inches is usually just right for your art to look good and be accessible.

Spacing. For dense collections, 1.5 to 2 inches between frames is perfect. Spread out if you have a little art to cover a lot of space.

Space out your frames, orange frames no wall


Theme it up. Group pieces by content, by frame type, or by some other consistent theme. This helps create a unified style.

organized room with organized framed art on the wall

Courtesy of younghouselove

Big in the middle. When you have several pieces together, place the biggest one in the middle with smaller pieces surrounding. Creating a size gradient helps pull everything together.

Bunch of gold frames on a wall

From handmadehome

Get creative. Branch out from wire or nails for hanging your pictures and art. You can use ribbon, an eye-catching chain, rope, or anything else that looks appealing.

Art hanging with ribbon

From vintagerosebrocante

Keep ‘em straight. A tiny bit of adhesive putty or even just a rolled piece of tape will keep pictures straight and save you the hassle of wondering “Doesn’t this go a little bit to the right…?”

The most important home art tip of all – buy art and pictures that you love, not what someone else says you should love. Surrounding yourself with things that you find beautiful is the key to having a beautiful home.

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