Are there any rules for where to hang art or photos? Oh, probably someone keeps a rule book. But just between you and me, I’m a rule breaker. Some say you cannot hang art on any wall smaller than 3 feet wide (yes, I break this one). Some say you must hang art at eye level (I’m pretty good with keeping this rule if I am hanging just a piece or two, but I do like to hang photos gallery style up and down walls and over doorways, so not everything is actually at eye level). Others say you must hang smaller frames on top of bigger frames and line everything up perfectly (I dislike that rule too, I like big on top of little and like to sometimes have frames arranged at random than perfectly symetrical). What about using matching or similar frames? (I am not adverse to mixing frame styles and finishes if your house style will accept the eclectic feel). While I do believe art should be hung so it connects to art around it and isn’t floating high above furnishings (the number one art hanging mistake!), a lot of rules can be tossed out the window. They just don’t always apply.
The types of art, the frames you choose, and the way you prefer to hang your photos or art pieces will help define your style. I worry less about the rules and more about how the art contributes to the overall look of the room.
For some quick style tips, here are some various ways you can hang art that might break a few rules but give you freedom for great personal style:
Pottery Barn — easily changeable art ledge
Laurey W. Glenn Southern Living #751166
Southern Accents Photo #771431 Jeff McNamara photo Mark Mareska designer
via Cote de Texas blog
Southern Living Photo #751215 – Photos hung by upholstery tacts
Street of Dreams Portland Oregon 2007 – some frames hung and part resting on rail
Joni’s living room Cote De Texas (note paintings on stands and hung on outer edge of bookcase frame)
Kate Spade’s home from The World of Interiors Dec 06, designer Steven Sclaroff via All the Best