Five Tips To Hang Art Like A Professional

Buying art is exciting.  I love it when clients find a piece that connects with them.  Maybe you are like many art buyers who feel a bit stressed about the part that comes next: choosing mats and frames or standing in front of your unblemished wall with a nail and hammer in hand, frozen with indecision.

My services speed you through this part like a breeze.  So if math is not your thing or you do not have enough time or energy to deal with it, just call or email me to get it done.

However, if you are a do-it-yourselfer,

Read on…

You would love to have a professional look. But how can you achieve that?  What colour of frame should you choose, matching the art or your room? What height should you hang the piece?  How do you get your collage wall to work without causing yourself a mental breakdown or divorce?

THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE– Overcome your fears. Don’t leave your art in a box for years. Go buy that artwork you have desired.  Your walls are bare.  Dig out the pieces you’ve always loved and plunge in.  Call me for help or just do it…

Here are some tips to make it easier for you.

1. Keep it simple.

The easiest way to deal with mats and frames is choose simple contemporary white or black frames and white mats. This works for dark and light walls alike.  For a softer palette choose an antique silver frame and off-white mat, or choose a mat to match your (light) wall colour.  Then use this combination for framing all your art pieces, including art on canvas.  Stick to float frames for canvas art in the same colour as discussed previously.





2. Hang the art pieces at eye level.

The centre of the artwork should be at eye level, consistent with all the pieces in the room or home/office.  For example, galleries hang artwork at approximately 58” (ie. eye level is 58”) from the floor.  This part requires some simple math:

  • •    Measure the distance between the wire and the top of the artwork;
  • •    Then measure the height of the art and divide in half;
  • •    Then measure eye level height (here, 58”) from the floor, add half the height of the art, and then subtract the distance between the wire and the top of the artwork; le voilà,
  • •    This is the height you put the nail.

You may need to adjust the height for furniture to eliminate an awkward gap between the art and the sofa or table.

Lower the eye level height to accommodate for people that use the space.  For example, lower the art in a children’s bedroom or playroom and think about lowering art in a room that is mostly used for sitting.


This eye level measurement works perfectly for setting the height of picture ledges. One ledge at eye level, any additional above or below that level.










































3. Keep the art in its perfect level place.

Use a level and install two hooks for each piece of art.

If you are using the hanging wire to install the art, measure as wide as possible to place the two hooks to ensure the piece hugs the wall as closely as possible.  Hanging from the wire is the more forgiving method, allowing you to make adjustments after nails are installed in the wall.

If you are looking for perfection, set your wall hooks at the D rings connected to the frame of the art for the closest hug to the wall. Using the D rings is more challenging to achieve level status.

Use a level to hang your pieces straight and most importantly to set your hooks in the wall.


4. Hang art in a grid.

Art and photography hung in sets makes a stunning impact and can often replace a larger piece.  For larger multiple pieces space the frames approximately 2” – 3” apart.  For smaller multiples 1.5” – 2” between the frames will suffice.


5. Collage walls are worth the effort.

There are an infinite number of options when building a collage wall, which makes them so personal, reflecting you and your home.  Balance the elements for your collage wall to make it visually appealing.  One installation method is to balance the pieces around an imaginary horizontal line at eye level, i.e. same amount of art and frames above the line as below.  Another method is a salon style in which you hang the largest piece in the middle and build the other pieces around that one.

The great thing about collage walls is the ability to add to them whenever you have another piece.  They can grow or be finite.  Your choice!


Contact me for assistance with custom framing or art installation.  Get your home/office ready for the holidays!