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  • Writer's pictureKarolina Jarmalytė


After purchasing a painting, a common question arises - how to hang it correctly and how to fit it perfectly with existing artworks. Painting is an element that can help unite space and make it complete. The key is to choose a work of art that matches your home decorating style. I would like to share with You some simple rules to help you avoid mistakes when hanging paintings. So the first very important thing is:


Choose the wall of your home that should be enlivened and where you want to hang the painting. The large empty wall space in the room creates disharmony, while paintings distribute the attention and direct it to a few points of interior. After choosing a wall you have to decide what size painting you want and need. Vertical paintings optically increase the height of the ceiling, while horizontal paintings lengthen the wall. Too small paining will look lonely and "sink" into the wall, so if you want a small picture but it's too narrow, choose a group of several or more artworks. Small paintings are more suitable for narrow walls or hanging them in a group. Make sure Your new painting matches your wall color and interior style. A beautiful work of art compensates for the imperfection of furniture or interior. Tall, narrow walls will work best with the art of a similar shape, created in a portrait, or vertical orientation, while horizontal wall spaces (often found over sofas, in a hallway or dining table) work best with horizontal bigger artwork. Overall wall space dimensions your artwork should take up two-thirds to three-fourths of the wall.


The artwork should hang so that the canter of the picture or group of pictures is approximately at eye level. If several paintings hang on one wall, they should be more conveniently hung on one common holder or strings attached to the two upper corners of the paintings. Painted paintings are hung at eye level on the wall (about 1.5 - 2 meters from the floor), slightly sloping (this reduces reflections). In the dining room or kitchen, it is better to hang the artwork at the eye level of a seated person. Smaller walls are suitable for smaller walls, larger ones are suitable for wide ones. The hanged painting should not be wider than the furniture itself. If you are hanging a painting for the first time, the following simple formula can help you:

The artwork should take up the width you get by multiplying the wall width by 0.57. [wall width] x 0.57 = [ideal image width]. The figure should not exceed 75% of the furniture width or in other words three-fourths the width of the furniture. The ideal hanging height for a picture is 145 cm from the ground or the canter of the picture.


Multiple paintings should be hanged as one group and all together fit into an ideal width. If you decide to hang several artworks of different sizes in a group, start with the first one, which will be the center of your picture group. Hang the darkest, largest, thickest frame pictures on the left, as people read from left to right and it’s easier for the eyes to admire such paintings in the first place. Make sure the paintings match each other in terms of style, colors, sizes. You can cut out sheets of paper of this size and place them on the ground to see how a group of pictures will fit together in size and where a picture is better to hang. If you have selected small pictures, make sure that they do not "get lost" in the wall.


The painting above the sofa - is one of the most common and easiest ways to hang art. The basic rule is that the artwork or a group of them should not occupy more than 2/3 of the sofa area and they should hang 15 - 20 cm above the sofa. Vertical paintings optically increase the height of the ceiling, while horizontal paintings lengthen the wall. Whether we are going to create a wall in a series of paintings over a couch, or hang one large piece of art, the principle of proportionality will help create a beautiful and harmonious decor. A beautiful work of art compensates for the imperfection of furniture or interior.


However, all these are just rules, I invite You to try to interpret them wisely and deviate a little according to your interior style and the atmosphere you want to create. Don't forget that the works of art are beautiful in principle, the enjoyment of them gives us pleasure, so choose art that brings You good emotions. No matter what works of art decorate your home, most importantly, when creating works of art, you would rejoice, say pleasure, be forced to stop for at least a minute and admire the moment.

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