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There are too many questions that pop up when trying to tackle the subject of art:

  • How do you select art that is cohesive with your home?
  • Do you select a horizontal piece or a vertical piece?
  • What size art piece do you need?
  • Where is the best place to hang it?

The list goes on and on. Today we are here to help clarify some of those questions for you so you can get rid of those giant white walls and start making your home feel more like a reflection of you! Here are our top ten tips so you can conquer art like a pro.

  1. A good rule of thumb for the proper height to hang art is around eye level (around 55-60 inches from the floor). If you have higher ceilings, you can bump this number up a few inches.
  2. Space out multiple pieces of art about 2-3 inches apart from one another. This will make them feel connected as opposed to feeling like they are all floating separately.
  3. Align multiple art pieces that aren’t the same size by their center point, not by the top or bottom of their frames.
  4. To fill a large horizontal space, hang two vertical pieces of art next to each other. To fill a large vertical space, hang two horizontal pieces of art on top of one another.
  5. If you can get away with using one nail to hang a piece of art, do it! It is so much easier to get the art piece leveled with just one nail.
  6. Hammer in your nail at an angle, not straight into the wall, so the nail has more grip.
  7. When you hang art above furniture, it should only be about two-thirds the width and 4-6 inches above the furniture piece.
  8. Use that large or colorful piece of art you have no idea what to do with as a focal point. Embrace the more out-there art pieces so they feel intentional! If you try to put them in a corner or off to the side it will just seem awkward.
  9. To get a beautiful gallery wall, stick to no more than five different art pieces to not feel overwhelming and cluttered.
  10. Another tip for gallery walls: lay all of your art pieces on the ground and play around until a specific layout feels right to you. Now you have a design you like and only have to put holes in your walls once.

Find yourself wanting more tips on art after reading this post? On the Design Sessions, we have TWO Sessions dedicated all to help you select, place, and hang art. Click here to learn more about our amazing community of Design Session members!

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