Picture Perfect Picture Placement

As an interior designer and stager, I have a lot of opportunity to work with art.  Not surprisingly, for every different piece of art – from original paintings and photographs to posters and giclees – there is a different level of appreciation for the art.  And along with this varied appreciation is a great difference in opinion on just how to hang and display each piece.

One thing you can be sure of, the final placement result and how good your artwork looks really is in the eye of the beholder.  But keeping in mind some elements of design, such as scale, balance and harmony, there are some definite guidelines that will keep you on the right track.

Have a Plan. Consider who you are and the story you are trying to tell.  Artwork in a traditional setting is often symmetrical and a cozy feeling can be established with close groupings.  Contemporary pieces often hang alone for a sleek, finished feel.

When it comes to grouping framed pieces, don’t guess.  Map out the wall space on the floor and play with placement there, or cut out newspaper in the size of your pieces and try them in different places on the wall.

Place Artwork Last. It is much easier to place artwork after the other elements of a room have been placed, such as furniture and light fixtures.  Having these objects placed first or at least planned out first will help dictate the location for your artwork.

Consider Spacing. Try closer together rather than farther apart.  You can often determine the amount of space that is needed between pictures by taking a cue from the width of the frame.   You may even want to hang the pictures so that the frames are actually touching.