Four Rules To Break When Hanging Art

When it comes to hanging art, there are generally accepted rules to adhere to - such as hang everything at eye level (57") and make sure it's centered. Well, we're here to say that there are certain "rules" of art that were made to broken. Ones that when you force yourself out of the traditional mold will leave you with a space that feels eclectic, special and deeply personal. 

We curate many of these non-traditional takes on displaying and styling art over on our Pinterest boards. So go ahead, break the rules below. You may just find yourself with an unexpectedly chic artistic arrangement. 

RULE #1: Art Is Only For Walls

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Image via roomsoul.com

Why should wall hanging get all the love? Leaning artwork up against chairs, consoles, walls or mantels is an eclectically stylish way to display your collection. Even better? No holes to patch and paint when you want to move it around. 

RULE #2: Center Your Artwork

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Sure - symmetry is the golden standard of art placement. But there's something unique and unexpected about placing your art (especially a gallery wall) in an off-centered arrangement.

RULE #3: Big Walls Call For Big Art

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Image via atpatelier.com

Just because you have a large wall to fill doesn't mean you need a giant piece of art. A small but eye-catching (and of course beautifully framed) piece can be just as impactful. 

RULE #4: Displays Are Just For Art

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Image via etsy.com

We may be biased here but a collection of stunning frames (especially vintage ones) can be even more show stopping than a traditional art arrangement. Our First Sunday Frame Outlet is a great place to find mis-cut or overstock frames to begin to fashion your collection. 

Have questions about your art and how to frame or hang it? Get in touch with us in Highland Park or Lincoln Park, our creative consultants and installation specialists are on-hand and brimming with ideas to help you.