STUDIO MCGEE · Apr 10, 2017

The Most Common Design Mistake We're Seeing!

It was a toss up between rugs that are too small for a space and hanging artwork at the wrong height, but we found that hanging artwork incorrectly is the #1 most common design mistake we see!

Artwork is important in the home. It sets the tone for your spaces and reflects the personality of the people who live there! Once you find art that speaks to you, hanging it can be difficult. We've rounded up three foolproof tips for hanging art that never fail us!


We find it's best to hang single artwork at eye level and 60 inches from center to the floor is the magic number. Here's a quick tip: If it's hung above furniture, it can be 4-6 inches above the piece. If it's going above a sofa or console, the piece should be approximately 2/3 width of the furniture.

As a general rule of thumb, always consider the scale of your space. We usually prefer to use larger artwork and frames rather than smaller.

From our Foothill Drive Project

From our Cove Street Project

From our Haddonfield Project

From our Vineyard Street Project

#2: Treat two pieces as one

When hanging two art pieces, we treat them as one and still hang them 60 inches from the floor to the center of the grouping. This also applies to groups of three and four. Make sure they are spaced only a few inches apart, so they look together and not disconnected.

From our Modern Mountain Home

From our Parley Project

From our Haddonfield Project

From our Foothill Drive Project

#3: Hang Gallery Walls at the right and spacing

When designing a grid gallery wall we use prints and photos with a similar theme. This could be black and white photos, botanicals, sketches, etc. Or we completely go with different pieces for an eclectic look. We usually hang large and medium pieces 2-3 inches apart, and smaller pieces 1.5-2.5 inches apart.

Make things easier on your end by tracing the frames on a paper and using painting tape to create a layout on the wall before you have to put holes in the wall.

From our Haddonfield Project

Not into the grid gallery wall? Eclectic gallery walls are always a fun way to display a variety of prints, artwork, clocks, and decorative pieces! We wrote our tips on the blog here, and made a helpful video!

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