The Secret to Great Art Walls

My clients and friends all want great art walls in their homes. Whether featuring favorite art pieces, mirrors or family photos, I’ve created countless wall designs for clients who want to surround themselves with lovely images to make them smile. Art really finishes a room.

The challenge most people have is where to start. How high to hang the pieces. Where to place the first nail. I have an easy answer to help you create wall designs that will SING!

If you remember nothing else, remember this – 60 inches – the secret to great art walls everywhere!

 {An assortment of mirrors hung at 60″ on center becomes a focal point of this home office.  Design by April Force Pardoe Interiors .}

{An assortment of mirrors hung at 60″ on center becomes a focal point of this home office. Design by April Force Pardoe Interiors.}

Just like the right furniture arrangement will make even the oldest sofa look at home in your family room, the right placement of art on the wall will make any assortment of art look stunning.

Location matters!

So, when starting a wall design on a blank wall (no sofa or buffet below the arrangement), measure 60″ off the floor and use that as the CENTER of your art wall. It can be the center of one piece or of an entire wall. Better yet, measure 60″ up from the floor on your body and you then have a built-in measure on your person always!

Here’s how it works. If you have a piece of art that is 60″ high you would mark 60″ on the wall and place the art with 30″ above that mark to center it on 60″. Easy, right? If you are creating a display with more than one piece of art build around that centered piece going up and down and out as needed.

The reason this works and creates a great display every time is because the majority of people hang their art too high. Way too high. In order for art to feel like it’s part of a room it needs to be at eye level (in general).  Try re-hanging the art in your hallway at 60″ on center and see how spectacular it becomes!

Happy decorating.

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