Best Methods For Hanging Artwork

Its fun to decorate your home, but it can become quite a project. We love to build custom and luxury homes, and part of that is making sure your interior looks as nice as the exterior. For this article, we’d like to focus on the proper way to hang artwork on your wall.

At Tallen Builders of Ocala, FL, we want to help you stay up to date with all the best practices in the construction industry. By servicing the central Florida area for over 35 years, we have gained experience with the current changes to the industry and how to better serve you. Read more below to learn the best methods for hanging artwork in your home.


Hanging Art

Before you begin make sure you have the basic tools you will need to hang your artwork.

– Hammer

– Tape Measure

– Level

– Pencil

– Painting hooks

Additional items might be needed*

– *Strap hangers if you picture is heavy.

– *Drywall anchors

– *Drill

Height and Placement

Hanging Art

One of the first steps will be where to place your artwork. A lot of people tend to hang their artwork too high and it can disrupt the flow of your room. Try to hang the piece so that the center of the artwork is the same level as your eye. As an example, it is common for galleries to hang their artwork around 57 to 60 inches. This places the picture around the average height of most people.

If you are significantly taller than 5’10” you could move your artwork higher to around 62 inches. We wouldn’t recommend going too much higher than that.

Additionally you want to be conscious of the other components of your room. Does the picture fit well with the furniture? What about the lighting? We recommend keeping the picture closer to the furniture instead of farther away; this makes the room feel more cohesive.

Single Piece or Arrangement

There are slightly different techniques when deciding to hang a single painting or multiple pieces of art as a group. Above, we discussed how to hang a single piece, so let’s dive into hanging multiple pieces of art together.

First, look at the group of artwork as a single piece. This will be helpful for when you try to find the “middle” while aligning the art on your wall.

Secondly, make sure to hang the largest piece of the left and then smaller pieces can be staggered and arranged to the right of the largest piece. This is one of the most pleasing layouts to the eye.


The last factor to keep in mind is the strength of the supports for the art piece. For lighter pieces, you can sometimes get away with just a nail in the wall, but if you want to do it the right way, there are a few more steps. If you do decide to just use a nail, make sure to drive it into the wall at a 45 degree angle for more support. A nail driven straight into the wall might slowly fall out and drop your picture.

Check the wire and supports on the back of the piece to make sure they are sturdy and aren’t stressed when you lift the painting. If your art piece is very heavy, try to find a stud in the wall to drill into for additional support. If you can’t align your image with a stud, use a picture hanging hook.

A quick tip – if you need to drill a hole in the wall, use a sticky note folded in half just below the spot where you want to drill. This makes a great little shelf to capture the dust and debris that will otherwise fall on your floor.

Our team at Tallen Builders of Ocala, FL knows custom and luxury homes. We have been servicing the north central Florida area for over 35 years. We hope you enjoyed our short tutorial on how to hang your art pieces properly. If you have any questions, please contact us. If you want to share your artwork, post some pictures on our social media pages.


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