You have the perfect sofa, the most beautiful cocktail table, a stunning lamp, and gorgeous pillows. And then, to top it all off, you hang your favorite piece of art….WAY too high on the wall. Wah, wah, wah.
Wall hangings can be the icing on the cake in any room. What you put on the wall ties the rest of the room together. That clock you bought in France, that picture done by the local artist, those photos of your children…the walls are made to display whatever makes you happy.
But please, people, listen to me carefully: The cardinal sin of wall art is to hang your pieces too high. I see it all the time, and only my sense of social grace stops me from ripping the pictures down and re-hanging them myself. Something tells me that wouldn’t be appropriate dinner party etiquette…
The first rule of proper wall hanging is to understand that “centering” does not mean between the ceiling and the top of the couch. The wall art should be at a level where you can view it comfortably both standing and sitting. If you have to strain your neck to enjoy that photo, it’s up too high. No chiropractors should be involved in the wall-art enjoyment process.
If you’re a shorter family, hang your pieces a little bit lower so that you can enjoy them. Likewise, if you’re taller, hang them a bit on the higher side. Make sure they are about eye level when most people who live in the house are standing (exclude the tiny kids from this equation).
Check out this brilliant idea for hanging pictures perfectly every time.