How Low Should You Go?

The lower half of a tree draped over the water at Piedmont Park. The leaves are colorful with fallA tree in Piedmont Park

Walking in Piedmont Park

A friend and I took a walk to Piedmont Park on Friday late afternoon. It was so beautiful out. I can't get enough of this weather, and I see that it's already supposed to be much cooler by this Sunday.

As I mentioned in one of my social media posts, I was hoping to get some good fall photos at the park. I got a few photos I liked, but the leaves hadn't turned as much as I was hoping. 

I was happy with the above photo. The light was still a little bright out but the trees were shading this area just enough that I got some nice contrast around the tree and the water. 

How Low (or High) Should You Hang Art?

Abrupt change of subject but I recently had someone ask me how low or high was appropriate for hanging a photo. That's one of those tough questions because it's at least a little subjective. 

Everyone's taste is different and I encourage you to explore your own likes and dislikes and go with what you like. 

That being said, there are a few rules of thumb to get you started when you're hanging photos or other art. 

One general rule is to place your piece so that the center is between 57-60 inches from the floor. When I hung the canvas photo that I've got over my couch, I didn't do any measurements to begin with. 

I stood on the couch and put the hook over the picture molding and played around moving the hanging wire until I thought it looked right. Then I measured from the center of the piece to the floor.

It was 56 inches. So...based on my height, I like to see a piece with the center at around 56 inches, which is pretty darn close to the rule of thumb of 57-60. Here it is:

A canvas print hanging over a couch

My dog, Bauer, appears comfortable with the photo at that height as well. Keep in mind that if you're shorter, you may want your art a little lower.

The print is close enough to the couch to pull things together but not so close that it gets bumped when someone sits down.

As for the rest of the décor here? It's early-modern, protect-the-couch-from-the-dog chic. 

The wall over my couch is big enough to sport a few prints or a print and another type of art or an even bigger print. I have that print hanging because it's one of my samples that's been hung in a few places.

A friend wants to buy it so it needs a temporary home. I'm not sure what I'll put there after she takes it but I'm tempted to mix and match a few different types of art from some local artists. 

Be creative with your wall hangings and be YOU! Try different things. You can always change the configuration if you don't like it. 

Hanging More Pieces?

If you're hanging a few medium or large prints or pieces, make sure you leave a few inches between them. If you're hanging much smaller pieces, you only need to leave about an inch or two between the pieces.

If you're hanging a lot of prints on a gallery wall, it helps to cut paper the size of the prints and lay it all out on the floor first or tape it to the wall to see if you like the configuration before you start making holes in the wall.  

If you're looking for several different pieces to hang, look for unifying elements, such as a theme or color that ties the pieces together. 

It's okay to leave blank walls too or add some art in an unusual place, like above a doorway. 

The main thing is...don't stress too much about it! Our eyes are used to seeing picture-perfect homes in magazines. Few homes look like that. 

Get the type of art that speaks to you and hang it where you like to see it so you can enjoy it!

See you between the raindrops!


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