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Follow the rule of thumb when hanging art: keep the center of your piece below 60 inches from the floor. For paintings or other works that are too tall to hang on a center line, it often works to place them around 15 inches off of the floor.
Hang art too high; this is a common mistake.
Use picture-hanging hooks rather than nails or screws. They can take a large amount of weight (up to 100 pounds for some sizes). Use two hooks per piece because it helps it remain level.
Hang a tiny piece on a big wall. If you have a small piece you want to hang put it in a frame that has a large mat.
Treat several pieces as one unit during the hanging process.
Try to hang art by yourself. It's always better to have at least two people so one can hold it in place and the other can step back and make sure the placement is correct.
Plan out a photo wall in advance. Place them on the ground in front of the wall and play around with the arrangement until you find one that satisfies you.
Hang pieces too far apart from each other. Approximately two inches (sometimes less) on either side and below and above is enough space.
Lean artwork against a wall in some areas. A piece sitting on a console table or mantle leaning against the wall can look very stylish. Layer a few pieces together for a striking display.
Forget about balance. Don't hang all the large pieces in one area and all the small ones in another. The same goes for similar frames. Mix things around until you feel they're visually balanced.
Make sure to design around locations to feature your art prominently and with appropriate lighting.
Forget about your large, prominent pieces of art and sculpture if you’re in the process of designing a home.
Design lighting that’s flexible so that it can adapt to changes in displays. You can use light fixtures called shutterboxes, which can shoot light in different shapes, framing the art. The shapes can be easily changed when you decide to rotate your collection.
Assume that artwork of all types and mediums can be displayed under the same kind of lighting. Oil painting and sculpture can be displayed in the sun and natural light, but photography should be displayed in a slightly darker spot, away from the sun.
Display art against a contrasting color or material—so that the art remains the focus of the line of sight.
Try and match the color palette of your art to the color palette of a room or display wall.
Make use of transitional spaces, like hallways and niches, especially for hanging art. Focus significant pieces at the end of hallways or singular in a room.
Overlook transitional spaces as venues for displaying art.
Organize styles and types of art; traditional together, contemporary together—much like an art museum might.
Mix traditional art pieces with contemporary works in or near the same display.