One of the simplest things anyone can do to improve the look and feel of a room is to hang all the art at the optimum height. It’s one of the easiest things to do, but also a common decorating mistake. Hanging artwork too high negatively affects the rooms’ proportions and creates an uncomfortable feeling in the room. So after you declutter and organize your space it’s time to check the height of the décor.
It turns out that there is a perfect height that enhances the way a room looks. The perfect height is 57″ to the center of the picture or grouping. The formula is based on what the museums use to hang their art. Of course the formula can be tweaked for super short families or conversely very tall people. I have adjusted the height of my clients’ artwork on several occasions to their utter delight. It really does make a difference. Try this formula and let me know what you think.
So here is a foolproof way to measure for installing artwork:
Measure the height of the artwork and divide that number by 2. (i.e. 30″ / 2 = 15″ )
Measure the distance between the top of the picture wire (when stretched) and the top of the frame. (i.e. 4″ )
Subtract the second number (distance of wire to top of frame) from the first number (half of the artwork size). (i.e. 15″ – 4″ = 11″)
Take the number you just figured out and add 57″, then mark that measurement on the wall (in pencil). Voila, install your picture hanger on this mark, set the picture, and you have a perfectly hung artwork or wall decor! (i.e. 57″ + 11″ = 68″ )
This method works for several different types of artwork or picture groupings:
Additionally, if you’re hanging the picture over something like a piece of furniture, leave no more than 12″ from the surface of the item and the bottom of the frame.