Mastering Art Placement: Unveiling the Perfect Height for Hanging Artwork

Vera Keshishian

Posted on July 14 2023

Mastering Art Placement: Unveiling the Perfect Height for Hanging Artwork


When it comes to hanging artwork, determining the appropriate height is essential to create a visually pleasing and balanced display. The height at which you hang artwork depends on several factors, including the height of the ceiling and the size of the room. Scale plays a crucial role in this process, as it helps ensure that the artwork harmonizes with the overall proportions of the space.

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One important consideration is eye-level placement. For most people, eye-level is typically around 140-150cms from the floor to the centre of the artwork. This guideline ensures that the artwork is easily viewed and appreciated without straining the neck or requiring viewers to look too high or too low.


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However, the height at which you hang artwork can also be influenced by the scale of the room and the height of the ceiling. In rooms with higher ceilings, you have more vertical space to work with, allowing you to hang artwork slightly higher than eye-level. This can help fill the vertical space and create a more balanced arrangement.  However, having said that, it also depends on the size of the art. The larger the artwork, (over 140cm high) the more appropriate it is to slightly raise it in spaces with high ceilings.   Average size artwork (80-100cm)  look better at eye level.  Do not be too concerned with the amount of wall space above the art.  eg. In a space where there are vaulted ceilings, the art needs to remain at eye level to create a more grounded and visually impactful display, otherwise,  if too high, it may appear as though it is floating in space.

On the other hand, in rooms with lower ceilings, hanging artwork closer to eye-level can help prevent the space from feeling cramped and actually make the ceilings feel higher.

One more suggestion for improving the appearance and ambiance of your artwork, especially when it serves as a statement piece in a room, is to paint the wall behind it using one of the dominant colours present in the artwork. This will draw more attention to the artwork, making it the focal point and hero of the room.


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Considering the scale of the artwork in relation to the wall and the furniture is also crucial. Large-scale artwork tends to make a bolder statement and often works well as a focal point in a room.   Smaller artworks or groupings can be hung higher to avoid feeling dwarfed by the surrounding space.

Incorporating artwork above particular furniture pieces such as a desk, console, or sofa can seamlessly unify the elements, resulting in a visually captivating vignette. Consider crafting delightful vignettes throughout each room to infuse charm and showcase your unique personality.

Ultimately, achieving the right height for hanging artwork is a subjective decision that can depend on personal preference and the overall aesthetic you want to achieve. Experimenting with different heights can be helpful in determining the most visually pleasing placement. By considering the scale of the artwork and the proportions of the room, you can find the perfect balance that enhances the overall design and atmosphere of your space.


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 For better visualisation of your artwork on the wall, try these tips:

  • Using masking tape, tape out the size of your artwork on your wall  and step back to assess its appearance and impact.
  • Alternatively, cut out cardboard or newspaper in the exact size of your artwork and use blue tac to temporarily place it on the wall, allowing for easy adjustments if needed.

Regardless of the method you choose, remember that if you initially hang the artwork at the wrong height, it is not a disastrous outcome as it is simple to patch up the hole and rehang it at the desired height.

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