How to Hang a Painting

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    How high should it hang

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

     

    Focal point can be center of the painting

    or for portraits, person's eyes

    for landscapes, the horizon would be a natural focal point

     

    57 inches is 4 feet and 9 inches

    Why 57? this roughly corresponds to an "eye-level" for most people

    I am 5'10'' so my eyes are at 64'', and 64'' would be perfect height for my house

     

    One side note: it is a little easier to us to look down than to look up

    So, its better to have a painting hang lower than higher

    High-hung painting won't be comfortable to look at all the time

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    Where to hang in the Room

     Consider painting materials and how well they can handle the environment

     

    1. Sun exposure

    Oil paintings and acrylics will do OK in direct sunlight

    Watercolors, photographs and works on paper do NOT like sun and will fade quickly

     

    2. Humidity

    Most paintings will not do well in areas with high humidity or water exposure

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

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

    But paintings on canvas, paper, wood frames and wood stretchers will get easily damaged

     

    How should artwork match with other items in your room?

     

    A good spot for a painting will fill a void in your room

    It will not feel crowded or too busy

    But it will also leave enough wall padding around it

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

     

     

     

     

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    Hanging Wire

    If your painting already has a hanging wire attached on the back,

    you can skip to the next section...

     

    Otherwise, we'll need to get a couple of things to attach a hanging wire

    We'll need the following with Amazon links:

    1. Two small D-Rings 
    2. Two small screws, shorter than 3/8'' or 1cm
    3. Metal wire, ideally coated

    On Amazon, these should cost you $10-15

     

    Then, carefully attach the D-rings approximately 1/3 or less below the top of the painting

    And attach the wire on both sides

     

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    Picture Hanging Nails

    Next step, nails!

     

    Yet, I'd discourage from using regular nails or screws

     

    Instead, these OOK Picture Hanging Hooks are my favorite

    They have a very strong nail

    They make small holes in walls

    They look professional on a wall with brass nail support

     

    Here's the Amazon link for the pack of 25

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    Hangman Kits

    Instead of getting individual components like I mentioned above

    and getting hundrends of extra parts

    An alternative is to get everything you need in a nice kit

     

    I recommend one of these two all-in-one Hangman kits:

    1. Heavy Duty D-Ring kit for about $9 (for one painting)
    2. Picture Hanging Hardware Kit for $20 (for multiple paintings)

     

    I haven't tried these kits myself but from the looks of it

    They are the best option than buying individual components on Amazon

     

     

    Happy Hanging!