Art can really transform and enhance any space, turning a house into a home. The idea of driving a nail into the wall, only to discover it's not in the ideal spot, can be daunting, so here are some guidelines on things to consider when hanging your artwork.
MEASURE AND PLAN
Take a moment to plan. Measure the height and width of the wall and the artwork. Use masking tape to mark the corners of the art on the wall. For multiple pieces, arrange them on the floor first to find the ideal composition.
HEIGHT AND PLACEMENT OF ARTWORK
As a rule of thumb, the recommended height for hanging artwork is typically around eye level, based on the average eye level of most adults, that’s 1.5 metres from the floor. However, personal preferences and the overall design of the space can influence the height you choose to hang your art.
Consider the dimensions of the artwork and the furniture in the room to achieve a visually balanced and beautiful display. But also, don’t be afraid to push the boundaries on art placement. For example, positioning art slightly off-centre to a piece of furniture, having bigger statement pieces on a small wall etc. Experiment (by masking and taping first) and trust your instincts.
If you’re creating a gallery wall, playing around with your collection, arranging and rearranging it over time is one of the pleasures of owning an art collection. If you don’t feel confident with where you want to place your art or just don’t have the time to experiment, stick to these standard practices:
The middle of the artwork should be 1500mm from the floor.
When hanging above furniture, the bottom of the artwork should be at least 200mm from the top of the piece of furniture.
For a gallery wall, we recommend the distance between each work should be somewhere between 4 - 10cm. Remember in the end, it's down to personal taste.
Gather the necessary tools for a secure and precise installation. This may include a hammer, nails, wall anchors, a tape measure, a level, and a pencil. For larger or heavier pieces, consider using wall anchors or screws for added stability.
Use the hooks and nails provided. We don’t recommend using adhesive hooks as they’re not reliable long term.
For A4, A3 and A2 sized frames use a single picture hook to hang from.
For A1 sized frames and larger, use 2 pictures hooks placed approx. 350mm apart.
For A0 sized frames and larger, screw into a stud if possible, or use 2 plasterboard wall anchors.
Art is a personal expression, and your collection may evolve over time. Stay open to rearranging or adding new pieces to keep your display fresh and inspiring.
Enjoy your new art!