Besides color, art is one of the most defining elements in a home. Whether it is a Kodak photo or an original piece, art can add a special sophistication to any space. Why then, are so many homeowners afraid to hang art? Author and designer Jayne Pelosi says, "The single most occurring faux pas I see in client’s homes when they have taken the leap to decorate, is "art hung too high on the wall."
Most interior designers recommend hanging art at eye level (no one wants to strain their necks to look at something beautiful) and the bloggers at Apartment Therapy recommend that the center of your piece should be about 57 inches from the floor. Evidently, this measurement represents the average human-eye height and many galleries and studios use this as a standard measurement.
The same standard holds true if you are hanging a gallery display. Simply start with the center of your display at eye level and work your way out. The bloggers at ArtCorner offer three simple rules for hanging art that will ensure you are getting the most out of your space.
I recently watched an episode of Designed to Sell on HGTV and designer Taniya Nayak made an interesting observation. She suggests that art in the dining room can be hung a bit lower due to the fact that people are usually seated in this room.
The most important thing to remember when hanging any type of art is hang what you love. No matter what that includes, (pictures of the kids, paintings or even an abstract metal sculpture), the art of displaying art is in the eye of the beholder.