Tips for hanging artwork and pictures

Blank walls can seem to cry out for something to be hung on them.

walls in need of artwork

But there’s lots of confusion about how to best display artwork, mementos, family pictures, or whatever else you have that’s wall-friendly. What often happens is that people spread everything out evenly on the walls around the room, sort of like what you’d see in a museum gallery:

tips for hanging art well

It’s much more effective, though, to group things so that you have a few focal points on the wall instead trying to fill as much wall space as possible. Your artwork should draw attention to itself – it’s like a great piece of jewelry added to a good outfit. Big pieces are not so hard – over the sofa, on an entry wall, a dining room wall. What’s harder are the small pieces of artwork that are often found looking lonely on big walls. Group them! Over a table, the sofa, a dresser, the fireplace. That way attention is drawn to the whole grouping and the viewer is attracted to getting closer to see the details.

art groupings


plates hanging on wall

art grouping over sofa


family picture display on wall

Then let the walls in between the groupings be empty. You don’t have to fill every bit of wall space there is. When you have focal points, the blank spaces in between are like resting places for the eye. There’s a rhythm between the places to look and the blank places.

I know it can be tricky to get everything placed on the wall in a pleasing and orderly arrangement. Future post: how-to tips on laying out and hanging groupings of artwork or pictures.

In the meantime, feel free to contact me for help!