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Framing By Number

True, these are more like guidelines than rules. But they are pretty good ones if you are new to the whole hanging-framed-artwork-on-the-wall game.

  • For spaces with standard 8 foot ceilings, most artwork should be hung on the wall so that the middle of the picture is approximately 5 feet (60”) off the floor.
  • For rooms with higher ceilings, artwork can be hung a little higher, which will visually lower the ceiling height. Ahhh… mind tricks.
  • When hanging pictures above a sofa, leave about a 8” to 10” space between the top of the sofa and the bottom of the picture frame.
  • Over a tabletop or counter, allow 10” to 12” between the table surface and bottom of the picture frame.
  • Eye-level is different for different people. When hanging artwork in a child’s room, think about hanging pieces at their eye-level.
  • The sun fades artwork. Fact. Try to protect your artwork from UV light by placing it out of direct sunlight.
  • Avoid hanging pieces in a humid bathroom or over a heater. Dampness and extreme heat can damage your artwork.
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