Hanging art on the walls adds instant personality and visual interest to your interior. But knowing how to create a pleasing picture arrangement — particularly when you have various works of art to hang — can be confusing. We explore the seven different arrangement styles, and look at what works best where.
1. Centred arrangement
Position the largest artwork in the centre of the arrangement and hang smaller artworks around it. Centred arrangements look quite formal and work well in hallways, living and dining rooms.
2. Symmetrical arrangement
Position identically-framed pictures equal distance apart on the wall in a symmetrical arrangement. Gives a formal, tailored looks great above a sofa or console.
3. Asymmetrical grouping
This eclectic picture hanging style is effective in a variety of settings – family homes, hallways, living rooms – and is a great solution if you have lots of different pictures to hang. For the best results, aim for a common theme among the pictures, such as frames of the same colour or a series of black and white prints.
4. Vertical arrangement
A long row of pictures can be used to jazz up awkward corners or enhance a low ceiling height. Aim to position the top frame above eye height and the bottom frame below thigh level.
5. Horizontal arrangement
This arrangement works best with pictures of the same size and frame type, and can be used to visually widen a narrow room.
6. Floating shelf
Prop framed photos or prints of various sizes on a floating shelf for a casual look. Overlapping the frames gives an even more relaxed feel, and allows you to add to the collection as it grows.
7. Picture wire
Hanging a picture wire across the wall is a fun, casual way to display snapshots or kids’ art, which can be hung from the wire with pegs or clips. It’s easy to change things around and create an ever-rotating display.