About Picture Hanging


Though hanging a picture might seem like an easy task, the hardest part is certainly deciding where to hang the picture. A properly hung picture can spatially enhance a room by making the ceiling look taller, visually bring down high ceilings to make a room feel more intimate and add to the design scheme of a home. Many factors need to be taken into consideration when hanging a painting, as its effect on your home can have a major visual impact.


  • Hanging a picture on the wall can transform the look of a room instantly. Once you have chosen the picture to hang, make sure it is hung correctly. The way a picture is hung--not the mechanics of how it is hung, but the visual implications of how it is hung--tells visitors and guests about the homeowner's personality, taste and decor preferences.
    While one picture can have a profound effect on a blank wall, adding multiple pictures can multiply that effect exponentially. Pictures can be hung in asymmetrical patterns, can be clustered tightly together, evenly spread apart or staggered on the wall for different visual effects.


  • Some of the most popular ways to hang pictures are to cluster them, evenly space them and to hang a coordinating pair, trio or quad of pictures. The best way to choose the type of picture-hanging arrangement for your walls is to take the rest of the room into consideration. For example, if trying to mix two design types in the decor scheme to achieve an eclectic yet coordinated feel, hang the paintings to compliment your desired style.
    An evenly spaced picture scheme suits a traditionally decorated home very well. Hanging a coordinated pair, trio or quad of pictures evenly spaced apart can enhance the order or a room and emphasize the traditional design aesthetic.
    The clustered picture scheme works best when there is some element tying all of the hung pictures together; for example, a similar style, theme, subject or color. The frames can be different sizes and shapes, but should also have at least one cohesive element in common; for example, the frames should all be black. This type of picture hanging scheme works best in rooms that have a mix of two styles, such as a room that combines contemporary decor with traditional French decor.


  • The size of the painting you choose to hang should also be dictated by the room in which it will be featured. Contradictory to what many people assume, a few larger, substantial pieces can look better in a small room or on a small wall space. The same logic applies for larger walls; they often require more pieces to look "filled out" and fully decorated, so clustering techniques tend to work well.
    The size of the painting you choose to hang also dictates how it should be properly hung. Large, heavy paintings require special hooks and hanging tools to ensure the work of art is safely secured to the wall. When you purchase the artwork, ask for hanging advice from the gallery or store where it was purchased. They will often provide customers with the proper nails and hanging tools necessary for the size painting purchased free of charge.

Time Frame

  • Hanging one painting should not take more than 10 minutes. The thing that takes the most time when it comes to hanging a painting is deciding the best place to hang it. Once the proper location is identified, it is simply a matter of finding the right tools, marking the desired spot with a pencil, nailing in the hanging support for the picture and straightening it out.


  • If you have spent a considerable amount of money on the paintings you are going to hang, consult with an interior designer about how to best arrange the paintings spatially on your walls. Even an expensive painting can ruin the overall design and feel of a room if it is hung in the wrong location or at an awkward height.

    An interior designer can be hired on a consultation basis for only an hour and will be able to give suggestions on where a painting will look best hung in the room. They are also qualified to make suggestions on how the painting will best be showcased with the lighting in the room, and how lighting can be moved, added or eliminated to highlight the painting.

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