How To Hang Wall Art

A great piece of wall art should be looked at as a piece of furniture, the focal point of your home decor. It can really make a space come alive. Sometimes, it helps to tie a theme together in a room. Other times, a beautiful, stunning piece of art can really steal the show and stand out from the rest of the room. Regardless of what kind of art you choose, most people don’t actually know how to hang wall art the correct way.

While it isn’t difficult to get a piece of art on the wall, there are lots of tips and tricks you can use to make the process easier, make your hanging more consistent, and give you a much better overall result.

In this article, we’re going to walk you through each step of how to hang wall art, including how to choose the right piece, how to measure it, what to hang the piece with, and how to ensure that it is straight and stays up there.

How To Choose Great Wall Art

Before you begin art-hanging anything, you need to find the perfect piece for your space. This choice is completely dependent on your room style. Going for an ultra-modern, minimalist look? Maybe go for something simple like these Fade Geometric prints from Groms.

Or, maybe you want the art to really stand out and bring some color to an otherwise minimalist space. The beautiful Carbon by Beth Winterburn could be a great choice for that.

However, know that the appearance isn’t the only thing you need to consider when choosing a piece of art. Consider the different sizes. You want to make sure you choose something that is the right size for your space. This will just come down to you measuring your wall and purchasing pieces of art that are suited for it.

How To Measure Wall Art Placement

This is as easy as grabbing a tape measurer and determining the length and height of your space. If you don’t have a tape measurer, there are also phone apps like Measure on iPhone that let you do this with just your camera.

The art doesn’t have to be a perfect fit, but you don’t want it to be so small that you leave a ton of extra wall space around the piece (unless that’s the look you’re going for). Once you’ve measured the wall, you should be able to find dimensions for any piece of wall art you want to order.

Once you have it on-hand, it’s time to place it on the wall. Many people say that wall art should be around eye level, but that isn’t always helpful, as “eye-level” can mean different things to different people.

Between 55-60 inches from the ground is where you typically want the center point of your art to be, but there are certainly exceptions to this. If you have a smaller piece of art, you may want to place it a little higher to match other pieces in the living room per se, especially if you’re creating a gallery wall .

Just be sure to choose a spot that works best for you. While there are guidelines you can follow, there isn’t necessarily a “right” answer.

How To Hang Wall Art and What To Use

When it comes to wall hangings, you have a few options. For small pieces, you can likely use a simple nail and bracket. This is by far the easiest way to do it, and you can even use this method for some larger pieces.

Nail and Bracket

It is important to make sure that the nail can support the weight of your wall art. Otherwise, you could end up with a broken picture frame and a damaged wall.

A nail between 1.5 and 2 inches will hold most pieces you try to hang—unless you’re trying to hang something like our In Harmony Gold by Coup D’Esprit. At more than 6 feet wide, you’ll want something a little stronger to hold pieces that size.

When you hammer the nail into the wall, you want to try and get it into a stud, which is a metal beam that is part of the wall’s frame. You may not always be able to find one of these, as they are spaced out throughout your wall.

For artwork that is small and light, you can just hammer the nail into the drywall at a 45-degree angle. This will help to support the weight of the piece. For large artworks, try your best to find a stud that you can hammer into. It will help support the piece tremendously.

Screw and Drywall Anchor

If finding a stud doesn’t work, there are other options. You can use a screw with a wall anchor, as this will provide additional support.

Anchors are small pieces of plastic that you install into your drywall before putting the screw in. The steps to install one are as follows:

  • Measure and determine where you want to place your art
  • Mark the spot where you will be hanging the art from
  • Get out your drill and attach a small drilling bit
  • Drill a hole slightly smaller than your drywall anchor
  • Gently hammer the drywall anchor into place until it is nearly flush with the wall
  • Insert the screw into the anchor
  • Turn the screw until the head is just slightly away from the wall—be sure there’s enough room to hang your art.

From there, all you have to do is attach your art. This can be a great solution when you have a heavier piece and cannot find a stud to hammer your nail into. The anchors act as an extra defense against falling or wall damage.

Alternative Hanging Methods

If you are renting your current home and are unable to damage the walls, you can use a variety of other solutions to hang your art.

  • The company “Command” makes a variety of products you can use to hang your art. These include:
    • Hooks
    • Putty
    • Velcro strips
    • Smaller, poster hanging strips
    • Sawtooth picture hangers
    • Canvas picture hangers
    • And more
  • If you have molding on your wall, you can hang string from that and attach the art to the string. This can make for a unique look and really suits some room styles.
  • In an industrial-style home, a pegboard can be a great option. You just hang that on the wall once, and then you can use pegboard hangers to hang additional art.
  • For small prints without a frame, binder clips can be a great option, too. You can hang the clip on the wall and then display a different print each day if you want to.

Regardless of what you choose, there are a lot of different methods for how to hang wall art without putting holes into your walls.

Tips And Tricks for How To Hang Wall Art

Even if you follow every step laid out here, you may struggle to keep your art straight. Or, you may get it on the wall and realize it needs to be just slightly adjusted. These issues are common, so we wanted to also give you some pro tips for how to get it right the first time, every time.

The Traced Paper Trick

This is one of our favorite methods for hanging a piece of wall art. Consider it the interior designers' rule of thumb when it comes to sprucing up blank walls. Find a large piece of paper in your house and lay your art on the paper. Then, take a pen or pencil and trace all the way around the artwork.

From there, you’ll want to cut the piece of paper down according to the lines you just traced. After you have done that, you can position the paper exactly where you want it on the wall and nail it in.

Then, all you have to do is rip the paper off of the nail and hang up your painting or picture. Easy!

We love this method because it eliminates the need to ever have to remove the nail from the wall. There’s nothing worse than having three or four holes right around your nail because you just couldn’t get it in quite the right spot.

It also makes it easier to hang art without a tape measurer, as you can nail right through the paper.

Draw on The Wall

If you don’t have a piece of paper handy, you can also make a pencil mark at the top of the frame as you hold it against the wall. This still works, but it can be difficult if you have a larger artwork, unless you have someone there to help you.

This also means that you may end up with a pencil mark on your wall, so if that is a problem, try the paper-tracing method instead.

How To Keep Art Level

Keeping your art level is something that annoys almost everyone. It seems like every time you straighten a picture out, it just gets crooked by the next day. If this keeps happening to you, there’s a relatively easy fix for it.

Purchase some small rubber or felt bumpers, similar to what you may attach to the bottom of a chair leg. If you straighten out the piece and attach these to the bottom corners, it will provide some friction and make it more difficult for the art to swing out of alignment.

When it comes to how to hang wall art, it can be a challenge to get it perfect. However, with a little preparation and patience, anyone can do it.

If you still haven’t found the perfect piece for your room, check out some of the beautiful, high-quality pieces from Grom’s Uptown collection. They have some of the best pieces that we could find, and they are sure to breathe some life into any room you place them in.