3 Biggest Mistakes When Hanging Pictures

by Alli

In my opinion, pictures and art work complete a room.  Wall decor reminds me of jewelry. You can read my jewelry tips here!

When you put on that gorgeous outfit, but it needs a little something to take your look to the next level and you add a little bling to get the look you’re after, well, that is exactly what pictures do for a room.  Art work finishes a room’s decor.


However, (you knew that was coming, didn’t you?) just like in wearing jewelry, there is an art to hanging pictures.  Once you know the basics, you’re good to go.

I have a strange habit (probably more than one) of redecorating people’s homes . . . in my mind.  It’s true.  I was once at a funeral in the cutest little chapel and before the funeral began, I had taken some obvious misses away from the decor and added some other elements to turn it into the most charming chapel.  It just needed a few tweaks.  Of course, it was all done in my mind!

I remember visiting in a beautiful home once, but the furniture placement in the great room was all wrong.  By the time I left, I had repositioned all of the furnishings . . . in my mind.

Here’s what I think are the 3 biggest mistakes when hanging pictures.

3 Biggest Mistakes when Hanging Pictures

1.  Placing the art work too high on the wall

This is the most common mistake people make.  And it just makes the entire room look unbalanced.  Pictures should (ideally) be at eye level.  Who’s eye level?  My rule is about 60″ – 65″ from the floor to the center of the art.  Don’t make people look up to see your art work.

I always hold pictures up against the wall (or get someone else to) while I step back to make sure it fits.  I use a level to ensure that my pictures hang straight.  Crooked pictures are a pet peeve of mine.

2.  Placing a small painting on a large wall

If you have a large wall space and only have small pictures, hang a grouping of art work. I always lay the grouping out on the floor and move them around until I find what works. Don’t be afraid to mix things up. I usually make sure the grouping has one thing in common, like using the same color frames – all white or all black.  And then throw in an element of surprise.  Just be sure and treat a grouping as one piece of art.

3.  Not thinking outside the box.

Wall decor can be so much more than just paintings or pictures.  Don’t be afraid to mix things up!  And trust your eyes!  If it doesn’t look right, readjust and try again.

Never be afraid to change things up seasonally or from room to room.  That picture you thought would look great over your sofa and didn’t, may look awesome hanging above your bed.

Bonus Tip:  Pictures, artwork and wall decor need not be expensive.  Pay a visit to your local Homegoods, Ross, Target and  second hand stores.  And never leave without checking out the clearance aisle.

What’s your very favorite wall decor in your home?