TIPS, TRICKS & TOOLS FOR HANGING PICTURES LIKE A PRO.

BEFORE

AFTER

It's amazing what a difference properly hung photos in a home will make. Pictures (and all wall decor) hung at the correct height and/or grouped correctly will help your room look pulled together and put together.

Pictures are often hung too high. People typically put them at "eye-level" — but whose eye level?

When photos are hung too high the room looks "off".

Follow these tips and tricks — and check out the tools that make this job even easier.

THE CORRECT HEIGHT IS:  "CENTER ON 60"

  • The center of the picture should be at 60" FROM THE FLOOR.

  • When you have everything centered at this "gallery height" — all your pictures around your home will be at a consistent level and that will make your house feel pulled together, your eyes only dance from left to right — not up and down to see the pictures. 

  • This will also make your ceiling look higher.

  • Larger pieces of art can have be hung a bit lower. 58" works well on very large pieces.

HANGING STACKED PICTURES OR GALLERY WALL
 

  • Lay out the gallery wall items on the floor to get your design. 

  • Measure the pictures together PLUS the space in between (about 2" or 3"). The whole gallery should be thought of as one large image. Therefore, the center of the whole gallery should be at 60" from the floor. 

THE RULE OF THUMB IS: 2" - 3" BETWEEN
 

  • When grouping pictures (art, wall hanging, etc.), the "rule of thumb" space between them should be about 2"-3"
    (or on larger items, 1/4 to 1/3 of the size).

  • The items to be grouped should be thought of "one picture" not separate pieces with lots of space in between. When smaller pictures and art are pulled together and sitting closer, they look thoughtfully put together, they are in harmony and your space feels and looks more impactful.

  • This 2" - 3" rule of thumb includes "above and below" if you are creating a gallery wall

  • Larger pieces of art can have more space — especially on a bigger wall.

  • However, this  2" - 3" rule of thumb doesn't necessarily apply if it's a very long wall or hallway and the design goal is to have many individual pictures, like a gallery.

TOOLS
 

MONKEY HOOKS

This is an amazing picture hanger that works well on drywall — NOT PLASTER.

Very easy. Available on Amazon (and AmazonSmile — which donates money to your favorite charity with every purchase). 

https://monkeyhook.com

HANG-O-MATIC

This is a game changer! It's a GREAT tool for pictures that have two hangers that need to line up. It is a little flimsy and could be better, but it is still worth the $14.99. Available on Amazon, Target, Home Depot, etc. 

https://www.hangomatic.com

RULER AND NAIL

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