How to Hang a Large Canvas Painting

Gallery Rule

Ideal Height

The "gallery rule" is to display artwork's focal point 57 inches from the floor.

The focal point can be a person's eyes for portraits, the horizon for landscapes or the canvas center for all others.

Why 57 inches (4 feet and 8 inches)?  This roughly corresponds to an "eye-level" for most people. 

One side note: artworks that are positioned too high are uncomfortable for us to look at.  So it's better to hang lower than higher.



Sun Exposure.   Watercolors, photographs and works on paper do NOT like sun and will fade quickly. Oil paintings and acrylics also fade in direct sunlight, but less so than works on paper.

Humidity.  Most paintings will not do well in areas with high humidity or water exposure.  With some exceptions:

For bathrooms, aluminum panels or prints are ideal as aluminum doesn't corrode.

For kitchens, paintings with an external protective layer (e.g. glass, acrylic) would do well.

space around artwork

Filling the void

How should artwork match with other items in your room?

A good spot for a large canvas painting will fill a void in your room.  It will not feel crowded or too busy.  But it will also leave enough visual space around it.

For example, 6 inches is usually enough space between large furniture pieces and your artwork.

Notice the "halo" space around the artwork in the examples below:

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