If you’ve ever enhanced your wardrobe with that little black dress, you know it can either be a dud or a smash depending on the accessories. Art does that for a room. While it doesn’t have to match the style of your furniture, it should be framed well, hung at the right height over a piece of furniture, fireplace, or console table, and most importantly, be something you’ll enjoy viewing.
The rule of thumb has been to hang artwork so that it is at eye level when standing, but many designers and professionals prefer to place art slightly above eye level when seated. Generally, this is no more than 8” – 12” above sofas or low units such as consoles, credenzas or tables.
Groupings have become popular again. If you are unsure of how to place your pieces, use the floor! Lay out all the objects on the floor in the same amount of space as on the wall. Move the pieces until they create a pleasing and unified presentation. If you want to be very sure, take a large piece of paper and trace the size of the pieces, marking where the wires will fall to the bottom of your picture hook. (Using two hooks together enables the art to hang better). Now put the paper on the wall with removable masking tape. Put up all hooks in marked locations. Remove the paper and hang the artwork in the designated spots. Voila!
P.S. The frames don’t have to be the same, but they should blend.
P.P.S. Don’t be the guy I met on a consult in his home. A piece of art was hanging about five inches from the ceiling with nothing under it. When I casually asked him why he chose that spot, his reply was “that’s where the nail was when we moved in!”