3 Mistakes We All Make When Hanging Art

Nothing messes with a perfectly good piece of art quite like bad nail placement. In fact, if a room's been irking you for some mysterious reason, we bet that your wall hanging is to blame. Fear not, folks—consult the handy guide below to identify which common art-hanging mistake you've been making. And then try, try again. 

How to "Hang" Your Art Without Putting Holes In Your Walls

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Mistake #1: Hanging Art Too High
You've placed your nail too high there, sister—your artwork is floating in an abyss of white space above your sofa. To tie the pieces together (and make your room more visually harmonious), shoot for roughly five inches of space between the bottom of your art and the top of your furniture. 

Mistake #2: Pairing Small Art with Large Pieces
The scale here is all wrong, and it tricks the eye into thinking a space is smaller than it actually is. To fix, reframe using a wide matte border, add other small pieces to create a pixie gallery, or swap in a larger piece entirely. The key to keeping art proportional is choosing pieces that are about two-thirds the length of your furniture.

Mistake #3: Grouping Corresponding Art Too Far Apart
It looks like your art hates each other and it's awkward for everyone. Whether you're hanging twin paintings or simply grouping two pieces of art together to act as one, make sure they're cozied up to one another with no more than three inches separating the frames. 

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From 2014-2019 Grace Beuley Hunt held the role of Home Editor covering interior design, styling, trends and more.