Lately, as I’ve been showing homes around Houston I’ve noticed how art on the wall can be distracting. It amazes me how high pictures are hung, to the scale on the wall how it can effect the feel of a home. Clients make comments such as “the house doen’t feel right”, “there are too many pictures on the wall” or “Why did they hang that there?”. Hanging art/photographs in a home is a good feature and done properly enhance the feel of a home.
Maybe I’m a little more sensitive to the height of art on the walls due to my previous career. As an art consultant it was an expert as to scale, placement and height of art. I became trained to notice if a picture was 1/8″ off. While this may sound like a useful skill, let me tell you it can be annoying. I’m constantly wanting to adjust pictures everywhere I go.
So, what height should a picture be hung? It is a common misconception that a picture needs to be hung with even space all on sides, i.e. a mirror over a sofa with equal space between ceiling and sofa. While there isn’t a set height as each piece is a unique size, a good rule of thumb for hanging art in a hallway or entry is the center of the picture should be hung around 63″ from the floor. This height changes if the art is being hung over a dresser, sofa or a table. Haning the pictures 6-8″ above the table/sofa is most pleasing to the eye.
Scale is another important aspect to having art hung that enhances the home. Here are some pictures of art that is property scaled – even over sized.