The worst part is that when you're alone, there's no one to hold your painting up while you decide if it's visually to high, to low, off centered, etc. So you have to rely solely on precise calculations and measurements. I must say, other than the few extra unused holes in the walls (behind the paintings thankfully) I think I did pretty well. I still thought we could all benefit from a few tips on hanging art...
1. Chances are that the space where you want to hang that painting is to high. 63" on center above the floor is a perfect viewing height for most pieces and keep a minimum of 9" between the art and tops of sofas and chairs.
2. When in doubt, over size. There's nothing worse than a painting that looks too small for the space. If you do have a painting that looks too small above your sofa, don't center it. Offset it a few inches to the left. The negative space becomes part of the image.
3. When hanging a gallery wall, it's a great idea to tape where the frames will go to get an ensemble view before you start slamming nails in the wall. keep the gap between them 2 to 2.5" to really utilize the wall space.
5. Hang art in unexpected places. In a bookcase, over a mirror, in a window (as long as it doesn't block the little light you have) You'll be surprised at how good unexpected looks.
What tricks do you use to hang artwork in your house?