Hanging Wall Art – Top 5 Tips | Debbi Marquette Photography

December 28, 2022

Top 5 Tips for Hanging Wall Art 

Wall Art provides the finishing touches to your home decor.  Once you have selected your artwork, hanging it is just as important.  After working with designers and buyers, the top 5 tips for hanging wall art are listed below.  These are the most asked questions.  

1.  Hanging over a fireplace.

A fireplace is always a focal point in a room.  Make the art grouping, either one picture or group of pictures, about the same size as the fireplace opening.  In this picture there is molding around the fireplace opening.  In that case, use the end of the molding as your guideline.  

Grand Teton National park picture over a fireplace shows placing of the picture.

2.  Hang artwork at eye level.

Most people know to hang artwork at eye level.  If you are hanging in a living room, slightly lower is preferred since you are often sitting in the room.  And where is eye level?   Aim for the center of the picture to be eye level.  It is is a group of several pictures, consider it one picture and hang midway in the group.  

framed picture of NYC skyline in a dining room.  shows hanging at eye level

3.  Hanging Wall Art – Picture placement is key. 

Your artwork should not be wider than the width of the furniture it will be over.  A general rule of thumb is the art should be between 50-75% of the width of the furniture.  

picture placement of a picture over a sofa - not wider than the furniture

4.  Spacing pictures in a group. 

A group of pictures should be spaced no more than 6 inches apart.  2-3 inches usually works best.  Also keep in mind tip number 3 so the group of pictures is not wider than the furniture it is over.  

3 pictures hung over a desk

5. Hanging different size pieces. 

Hanging different size pieces creates interest.  How to group pieces of different sizes is personal preference.  A tip for hanging wall art of different sizes is map it out on a wall prior to hanging.  

2 prints of different sizes

By always selecting wall art that makes you smile, feel good and is calming, along with these top 5 tips for hanging wall art, you will enjoy your artwork for years to come.   

If you have enjoyed reading this blog, check out my other home decor blogs!


Debbi Marquette Photography is located in Upstate New York at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.  Debbi is  a travel, landscape and bald eagle photographer specializing in artistic, authentic, and memorable landscape and wildlife photography.   She travels frequently, lives near the mountains and constantly has a camera in her hand to capture photographs so others can see the beauty of our world.

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