How To Hang Art Gallery Style | 10 Easy Steps

How to hang art gallery style
How to hang art just like in the galleries

As we all know the buying is the easy part and the hanging is the hard part, right? Choosing the mat colors and then looking at all the frame colors and trying to match it all up for that perfect look. What color frame? What style of frame? What height are the paintings and art suppose to be? What is a gallery style or a salon style and what am I going to do? The answer to all these questions is really simple just get started and follow my basic hanging art tips and you will be fine. Follow my tips for the best way to hang pictures listed below and your wall will look wonderful. No need to get fearful, right?

10 easy steps to hang art in a gallery style:
  1. Don't over think it and make things too complicated use the KISS method, and keep it simple. 
  2. When choosing mats and frames, One of the easiest methods is to stick to the most basic and versatile colors like white mats and black frames. You can't go wrong with these colors and they are timeless. You won't be revisiting the artwork in a few years to have it all re-matted because the color is dated. Black and white is never dated.
  3. Hang pieces at eye level or a tad lower if not sure. Art that is hung too high just looks really odd. If you are a tall person then a little lower than eye level works great. 
  4. If your room is mainly used for lounging and seating like a living room then you can hang your art even a little lower. The art of hanging pictures this way is used because when sitting people are much lower than standing therefore the pictures are more at your eye level.
  5. Hang art in a grid is a good idea if you have more than one or two frames in the same color frame or the same style. Grouping them together makes a bigger statement. I often group my ceramic fish together on the wall for a big colorful impact. Makes a nice symmetrical statement. Just make sure the art is evenly spaced roughly 2 inches apart. Also check out my article on how to hang ceramic art on the wall.
  6. If you want a look that is unified and has that gallery style I would suggest that all your art be framed in the same color frame and similar style frame. When displaying art in different style and color frames is tends to have a mismatched look. If ends up looking out of place.
  7. More than likely you will have different sized frames. Some will be really tall and other are much shorter. The best way to make things look great is to line up the bottoms of all the frames. The tops of some frames will be taller but that's OK because all the bottoms will be nicely lined up. This give the hanging art that cool looking gallery style. In my opinion this is the best way to hang pictures of varying sizes.
  8. In a child's room the best way to hang pictures is lower than you normally would. Normally pictures are hung at about 58 inches from the ground but in a kid's room you can go even lower. Think about adjusting for who the room is used for, right?
  9. Great art hanging systems have advantages that lend itself very useful in certain situations. For example, if you have kid's art that gets rotated frequently then using clipboards is the best way to hang pictures. New art is easily replaced on the clipboard. 
  10. Ever thought about hanging art from ceiling? Pictures can also be hung from the ceiling or top of the wall by use of a long wire. In some really creative homes I have seen pictures hung using ribbons for example. With this method you can get very creative. It does not have to be a plain wire.
  11. Bonus: Who says you have to hang art? Why not place pictures on an existing shelve in your living room, right?

Salon style vs gallery style

In a salon style arrangement start with the largest picture and center it in the middle of of the wall or area you plan to hang pictures. If you do not have one that is larger then you can always differentiate by color. Choose the picture that is the darkest or has the darkest frame for example. Then simply arrange all the other pictures around it. How you know how to hang artwork in a gallery salon style.

Hang art in a grid
Hang art in a grid
Best way to hang pictures align bottoms
Best way to hang pictures align bottoms
Salon style arrangement
Salon style arrangement
Place pictures on an existing shelve
Place pictures on an existing shelve
Frames with no art also looks great
Frames with no art also looks great
Hang art lower in kids room
Hang art lower in kids room
Salon-style galleries and art hung in a grid work well centered at eye level
Salon-style galleries and art hung in a grid work well centered at eye level
How to hang a picture using string - be creative
How to hang a picture using string
No frames needed - be creative
No frames needed - be creative!

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