How to hang a painting

Posted by Jhan Dudley on

Simple calculations are the most foolproof way to determine the size of the artwork you’ll need. How to hang a painting on a wall is easy, so follow the steps below.

how to hang a painting over desk

Most people hang their paintings way to high, making your room look small and less inviting. If your hanging your painting over a couch, have the bottom of the painting be 8"-10" off the top, and 15"-20" for a desk. Simple!

If your hanging your painting on a blank wall, the center of your painting should be 58"- 60" to the floor. You should use this rule for all  of your wall art.

As for width, select a piece that is 2/3 to 3/4 the width of the furniture.

If you’re hanging above a fireplace, 3 to 6 inches above the mantle will suffice. Select an artwork with a width larger than the fireplace opening, but smaller than the to hang a painting on a wall


If you’re buying on a whim, remember that it’s better to err on the side of too big than too small. Large pieces, including oversized wall art, fill a visual field and create a focal point, while smaller pieces look like an afterthought.

If you don’t have one big piece, consider hanging multiple pieces together. Framed photographs, small canvases, or wall art sets have the same effect when displayed as a grid or gallery wall.

When in doubt, use post-it notes to mark the corners of where you want your artwork. You can also pin up an artwork-sized piece of butcher paper. Both methods will give you a better sense of scale and help you visualize the piece before making a purchase or drilling into the wall.

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