Arranging Wall Art Properly

When arranging wall art, there are a few guidelines you can follow to make your room look like it was designed by a pro.

1. Scale
When choosing and arranging your artwork, take into consideration the amount of wall space you wish to cover. When filling the space above a sofa or bed for example, try to fill the space in proportion to the furniture below it. Take some painters tape and mark off the general area you intend to fill. Take a few steps back and glance at the wall. If it looks too top heavy or empty, then adjust the tape until it looks pleasing to you.

2. Pattern
Now that you have the size of space figured out, it is time to decide if you wish to fill it with one large piece, a few medium pieces or several smaller works of art. When hanging an even number of equally sized square or rectangular pieces, they tend to look best when laid out in a row or grid pattern. Unevenly numbered groupings or groupings of differing sizes and shapes usually look better in more staggered layout patterns as shown in the photo above. Tape off a section of your floor to indicate the space you wish to fill and finalize the arrangement in that space before transferring it to the wall.

3. Height
As a general rule, although it does not apply in all cases (i.e. above a couch or bed), the center of the piece of art or group of pieces should be at eye level – approximately 60″ above the floor.

4. Color and Texture
Variation in frames can either make for a visually interesting grouping, or a visual nightmare depending on how it is done. Sticking with a theme, while safe, helps to ensure a favorable outcome. When varying the texture or style of frames, try to keep the frames within a narrow color palette. If all frames are of a similar style you have more room to play with variations in color.

Note: although painters tape is gentle, it still can do damage to walls and floors if you are not careful.