Here's a great tip that will make hanging art a simple, gratifying task. The tip? Always hang your artwork at 57-60" on center (I prefer a nice round number so I stick to 60"). Confused?
"On center" means the middle of the artwork is always at 60" (this only applies to hanging art on an open wall or above lower furniture, rather than over taller features like a fireplace). Interestingly, the 57-60" standard represents the average human eye-height and is regularly used as a standard in many galleries and museums.
The step-by-step directions to help you on your art-hanging journey
Step 1: Measure and lightly mark 60" on the wall, measuring up from your floor.
Step 2: Measure the height of artwork and divide by 2 (this gives you the center)
Step 3: Measure from the top of your painting to the tightened wire (or wherever you''ll hanging it from). This should be a pretty small amount, depending on your frame or canvas.
Step 4: Subtract the "tight wire" amount from the center of the artwork (figured out in step 2). This will tell you how far above 60" your hook should go.
Step 5: Lightly mark wall just above 60" with the "to the hook" amount you figured out in step 4.
Step 6: Hang that art with confidence!
While that might sound a little confusing, we promise it's easy! Here's an example:
Picture is 20" tall
Middle is at 10" (this mid point should rest at 60" from the floor)
Wire comes to 2" below the top
10" - 2" = 8"
Lightly mark 8" above your first mark or 68" on the wall
Hang your art!
Though this may seem complicated to read, it is quite simple when you do it. The main thing to remember is that the center of all your artwork should be hanging at the same 60", and you are just figuring out where the hook goes above it.
This 60" also applies to groups of pictures. Think of a group or gallery wall as one giant picture. After you arrange how you want them all to hang (doing this on the floor with paper cut outs makes it so much easier), start with the center picture/pictures and hang each of those at 60" on center on the wall. From there, fill in with the rest of the group! You can also just choose one main focal artwork and keep that at 60" on center, and arrange from there.