How to arrange wall art

Art is a great way to add interest to a room, but hanging artwork baffles many home decorators. The type of art which you choose to hang on your walls is a matter of personal taste. There are a few guidelines and instructions you can follow that will help you get the most out of displaying decorative art, photographs and groupings of wall hangings. Wall art exhibition should be formal or casual to match the overall decorating style.




People typically tend to hang art work too high. Consider the general rule of thumb, the center of the image should be at eye level. In areas or rooms such as the living room and dining room, where the people are almost always seated, the eye level guideline should be from a seated position. The art work should be in proportion with the furniture underneath. The art work you choose to hang on your walls should never be longer than the furniture in the room. The size should never overpower the wall.

You can experiment with different arrangements of wall art groupings by laying the frames on a large piece of paper on the floor. Rearrange the pictures as much as you like until you are satisfied with the positioning.  Wall art displayed in even numbers looks best when hung symmetrically. Using identical mats and frames will give the grouping a cohesive look.

Choose smaller pictures for narrow walls and larger art works for big wall spaces. The best part about wall art is that it can evolve and change over time! You can switch it up, and play around with size, scale, color and placement until you find a look that works for you and your home.

One large piece of art that fills much of the space on a large wall can look dramatic. So can a series of smaller pieces.