10 Tips For Hanging Art in Your Home—and Our Picks For Creating Fearless Walls

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo and Paige Alexus
Hanging art on your walls doesn't have to be a stressful experience—instead, it should be a fun and inspiring creative challenge.

You bought it, you love it, you had it framed—and now you just need to figure out how and where to show it off. Planning the display of artwork throughout your home may seem like a daunting task—but it doesn't need to be. Whether you're trying to figure out where to place a large-scale framed painting that was just passed down to you or you're planning the layout of a salon-style gallery wall to show off your family's prized photos, these tips will get your through the hard parts and into the fun stuff. Though they may seem like simple pointers, they could become lifesavers during the process. 

Most importantly, remember that this is your chance to get creative—so don't be afraid to let your personality shine through the decisions you make. 

1. Take the chance to show off everything you love—and we mean anything

You don't have to stick to any specific rules or regulations when you're deciding what to hang on your wall. This should be your time to express yourself and your family. So, you can go as elaborate or simple as you want and can hang anything from one single painting to 25 family photos, art projects, or sculptural objects. Just because something isn't technically meant to be hung, doesn't mean that it can't make an inventive addition to an art wall. Just add a hook or some Command mounting strips and you're set.

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Bergen Wall Décor
Bergen Wall Décor
This modern mixed-medium wall art piece combines vibrant pastels with metallic and mirrored wedges.
Bend Goods Long Horn Geometric Animal Head
Bend Goods Long Horn Geometric Animal Head
Objet d'art, a hook with character, a trophy head. Whatever the purpose, Bend's Geometric Animal heads are bound to entertain. Bend has taken organic shapes and created digital versions that are constructed with bends and angles in mathematical, engineered forms.


Erstwhile World Relief Map
Erstwhile World Relief Map
Intricate illustrations from another time. This reproduction is of the wall map “The World - Ocean Floors and Land Relief.“ originally published in 1976 by the United States Navy Office of Naval Research, showing topography of land and ocean floors.

2. Make sure your art fits your particular space

We all know that it's not always so simple to find a completely blank wall that's waiting to be outfitted, especially if you live in a small space. When you're surveying the land (so to speak), consider what spaces you're working with and how your art would fit into those areas—making sure to consider if you'll need that wall for something else in the near future. 

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3. Go for a gallery wall

Create a story to tell. The arrangement doesn't have to be centered and you don't have to follow any type of official grid. Be bold and use an odd number of works, mix photos with drawings and paintings, mix and match picture frames, and even toss your favorite clock or mirror in there. One technique is to place the largest piece of art in the center (or slightly off-center) and go from there. Another pro-tip is to lay your art out on the floor first to see how it will look arranged on your wall. You can also test your plans by arranging sheets of paper on the wall with painter's tape before you actually commit to the placement. 

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Quilt Pattern Art Print
Quilt Pattern Art Print
Lovely lines. Each of these screen printed artworks represents a discontinued quilt design from this Minnesota-based label. The prints’ clean, geometric lines and soft color palette (think lovely muted neutrals and gray tones) instantly class up any room.

4. Hang art in a straight line or a grid

If you're the kind of person who needs to be organized and minimal, that's fine too! Go ahead and embrace symmetry, making sure to use a level so that the pieces are perfectly even. You can even use an app on your phone to make sure you're hanging them straight.

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5. Hang art at eye level 

Follow the gallery model and hang art at eye level. Think of your wall as if it's divided into four horizontal sections (from the floor to the ceiling). Hang your art in the third section (from the floor).  If you're hanging art above a sofa, the golden rule is to hang it one-hand's width above the sofa. There's some wiggle room here, but always be careful not to hang your art too high. 

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6. Turn your wall into your child's personal art gallery

Your walls can be a creative indicator of where you are in your life and will most likely change drastically over the years. If you have kids that love to draw, paint, or craft, designate a particular wall in your home that shows off their work. It will give them a sense of accomplishment that's priceless.

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George & Willy Daily Roller
George & Willy Daily Roller
Things happen when you write them down.Created in proportion with intimate spaces—your office, bedroom or kitchen—the small wall mounted paper roller focuses on personal productivity and organisation. Constructed from powder-coated aluminium. Comes with screws and one roll of brown kraft paper.

7. Incorporate functional elements into your art wall

Your walls don't have to be just be a place for featuring traditional art. These days, there are plenty of modern wall products that have multifunctional uses as storage, hooks, or organizational tools—while looking great and working hard at the same time.

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Herman Miller Eames Hang-It-All
Herman Miller Eames Hang-It-All
Charles and Ray Eames brought a sense of play to all their work, including the Hang-It-All. It took the everyday coat rack to a new place that was inventive and fun. More than just a conversation piece, the Hang-It-All holds anything that slips over its 14 hooks.
Menu Cage Wall Shelf
Menu Cage Wall Shelf
Light and functional storage unit from the Stockholm-based design studio, Form Us With Love. Designed to beautify or light up an empty or boring hallway. Use the top shelf for keys. Lift the lid and fill the cage with scarves, gloves and hats.
Muuto Dots Coat Hooks
Muuto Dots Coat Hooks
The Dots Coat Hooks show a new perspective on coat storage. Designed from high quality solid, The Dots are proud of their smooth, round edges that will treat clothes with great care. They can be used in multiple settings, making them versatile from the kitchen to the bedroom.

8. Consider using lighting as art

Interesting lighting provides another way to introduce an artful arrangement on your wall. Many companies are creating sconces and other types of lights that illuminate a space while also adding some interesting geometry and texture. Bocci's "14" sconces cover the wall of this bedroom, creating an ethereal, cozy effect.

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Muse Flower Wall/Ceiling Light by AXO Light
Muse Flower Wall/Ceiling Light by AXO Light
Floral fluorescence. Spring is in full bloom year round with the Axo Light Muse Flower Wall/Ceiling Light. A delicate pattern of prodigious petals are layered on top of one another, the light interacting with the shade to create nourishing, nuanced illumination.
Lzf Lamps Orbit Wall Light
Lzf Lamps Orbit Wall Light
Handmade wood veneer is interlaced to create the elegant intertwined silhouette of the Orbit Wall Light. The design conveys airiness while the wood veneer provides a sense of warmth. Place several down a hallway for knots of light or add one to each side of your bed reading at night.
AJ Eklipta Wall Light from Louis Poulsen
AJ Eklipta Wall Light from Louis Poulsen
The AJ Eklipta Wall Light was originally designed for the Rødovre Town Hall in Denmark to illuminate indoor staircases and exterior walls. As a true functionalist master, Arne Jacobsen created the AJ Eklipta in a time period when Danish design had an exceptional quality to it. Today, this fixture...
14 Wall Sconce from Bocci
14 Wall Sconce from Bocci
The 14 Series sconces are visually quite subtle in and of themselves — they do not dominate a room. Each individual sconce is a cast glass half sphere with a frosted cylindrical void which houses a 10 watt xenon or 1.8 watt LED lamp.

9. Consider your background

While many people have white walls that can easily complement almost any piece of art, a painted or textured backdrop can either make an artwork pop or drown it. If your walls are painted or lined with wood, make sure the colors and tones work well together, as they can make or break your display. In this example below, a Richard Barnes photo pops against a gray Venetian plaster wall.

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10. You don't have to hang everything

Keep in mind that you don't always have to put holes in your walls for every piece of art. Framed art can be arranged elegantly on a shelf, a counter, or even on the floor for a crisp modern look and a less formal display. 

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Gus* Modern Picture Rail
Gus* Modern Picture Rail
A modern way to display artwork, photographs and collectibles, the Picture Rail from Gus* Modern is a clever way to maximize your wall space in style. Constructed of extruded aluminum, the Picture Rail is anodized to produce a durable finish that increases corrosion resistance and surface hardness.
YIELD Brass Picture Rail
YIELD Brass Picture Rail
Yield has the ability to see a product through from the earliest stages of design to prototyping to the final product. The Brass Picture Rail is a versatile display for photos and cards of all shapes and sizes, and is built with a solid brass construction and brushed finish.