Tuesday, February 24, 2015

How To Hang Artwork Over Furniture

Have you ever wondered why artwork looks consistently perfect and well-balanced in any art gallery or museum?  It turns out there are a few basic rules that ensure that clean and balanced look and still allow you to arrange it according to your personal style:

Space Between Artwork and Furniture:
The average height a painting hangs is eye-level which is considered to be 60 inches from the ground to the center height of the painting.  Although, when hanging artwork above furniture, you can adjust this to find the right spot where there is at least 6-12 inches of wall space between the bottom of the frame and the top of the furniture.
Artwork Proportions:
The size of the artwork relative to the furniture below it is a key factor to consider.  Ideally, the artwork should be 75% the size of the furniture, though any size in the range of 50% to 90% will work.  If the painting is less than 50% it will be dwarfed by its surroundings and over 90% the painting may dwarf the furniture.  
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