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3 experts, 3 answers: How should artwork be hung on a wall?

The key to hanging art is to ensure the focal point is at eye level.


There is never a single answer to questions of design, but put creative, expert minds together and chances are you'll solve your style conundrums. We've put together a panel of designers and a design blogger to share their secrets, straightforward principles and simple tips. The question this week: How should artwork be hung on a wall?

Sara Parisotto

Designer and co-owner of Commute Home

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Style: "A bit of a foot in the past with sights on the future."

"The most common mistake is to hang artwork too high. Single pieces of artwork should be hung at eye level – the centre of the painting or image aligned with your eye. There are exceptions to that rule. For instance, if you are grouping pieces together, then [you need to look at] both height and spacing between them."

Christopher Jones

Founder of

Style: "Modern maximalist."

"It depends entirely on the artwork, but there is a rule, and that is the rule of 57: The centre of the art should be 57 inches from the floor, generally speaking. When you're going salon style and you're taking it up higher and starting lower, the rule of 57 no longer applies, although it probably should apply to the main grouping at eye level."

Robin Lewis

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Interior designer at Elephants Limited and a host of Reno vs. Relocate

Style: "Purist, solutions-based design."

"Your artwork should be as low as possible without it interfering with furniture. When it's up high it sort of slips away from the room and what's going on. By keeping it lower, around eye level, it helps to engage the human on a human scale a lot better than when it's up high."

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Dave McGinn writes about fitness trends for the Life section and also reports for Globe Arts. Prior to joining the Globe, he was a freelance journalist, covering topics from trying to eat Michael Phelps' diet to why the Joker is the best villain in comics history. He's working on improving his 10k time. More


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