How to Arrange Artwork

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Artwork is a great way to add personality to a room, but deciding how and where to hang it can be stressful. Take a look at some of our tips. With a little know-how, you can create a gallery in your own home in no time.

A grouping of smaller artwork is a great choice for narrow walls. Additionally, this set of nine prints hung in a tall vertical arrangement furthers the sense of height in the room.

These two stacked architectural pieces add dimension and visual weight to the room. Another thing to consider is scale. When you’re hanging artwork above a sofa, sideboard or headboard, as is the case here, ensure it’s at least two-thirds the size of the furniture.

Create your own gallery wall. Start with a single piece – or a matching pair of dominant prints as we did here – and radiate outward with art work of varying shapes and sizes. Incorporating just one piece that’s hung at a diagonal gives the collection visual interest.

Our grouping practically frames the TV, inviting it to become a part of the gallery. The symmetry of the wall art is calming while the strong horizontal line elongates, or widens, the narrow wall.

Two substantial mirrors hung one above the other is a great way to fill vertical space while filling the room with light.

When hanging different types of artwork together, try to find a common theme, such as similar frames, colors or subject matter. Here, a nautical theme works really well, especially set against a blue wall.

Four framed pieces hung in a grid will read as one larger piece, so this arrangement works well over a fireplace. The three plaques on the right throw off the symmetry ever so slightly in a pleasingly unexpected way.

 

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9 Comments

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    Ellie Mae

    March 23, 2017
     

    How would you hang a 12X 16 framed piece that is on the wall behind the back door? Door would not hit the frame!

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      Caroline McDonald

      April 19, 2017
       

      Ellie Mae,
      Why not! Every space needs some artwork, even your back door, especially if you say the door won’t hit the wall. We say go for it!

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    Judy DeMarco

    April 13, 2016
     

    I am trying to decorate a wall over a chesterfield beige linen sofa. The sofa is 88.5″ wide. I have a 24″ round mirror that has a white washed frame. I would like to hang the mirror along with a number of the Morris seabird framed prints. Could you suggest how many of the prints I should purchase, in which sizes and how I should arrange the prints with the mirror. Also, I intend to purchase the prints in the white washed frame to match the mirror, but I am open to another suggestion. The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore pale oak which is a warm grey (grey/beige) very light in color. Thank you for your help. P.S. I wish you had a store in New Jersey or NYC.

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      April 14, 2016
       

      Judy,

      This sounds like it’ll be very pretty! What a great start you have already. It’s hard to say without seeing photos of your space. Would you consider submitting your room here with some images so our designers can get a better feel for the wall space and arrangement?

      Another option is to hang the Morris Seabirds (great choice, by the way!) in a grid over your sofa and to hang your round mirror elsewhere in the room.

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    Jason

    January 31, 2013
     

    Wow, these are some great fundamentals! I’ll have to use one of these above my mantel.

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    kate

    January 30, 2013
     

    How do I view the slideshow please? I am really interested in seeing the examples you reference…Thanks – Kate

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      Karen

      January 31, 2013
       

      Kate, We had a glitch in our software. It should be fixed now for viewing.

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    Joyce Wolfe

    September 9, 2012
     

    Wrote over a week ago asking for help/suggestions as to the correct way to hang a grouping of nine prints. Have not heard from you.

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      Ballard Designs

      September 10, 2012
       

      Try hanging 3 rows of 3 prints to create the most impact.
      The Style Studio Team

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