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How To Hang Oil Paintings

Collecting oil paintings is a wonderful hobby. You can collect antique paintings or modern ones by a favorite artist. One of the best things about this hobby is you can hang your paintings right on the wall and enjoy them every day. Learning how to arrange and hang them properly can do a lot to improve the appeal of your décor.

You’ve just returned from the flea marked with a great oil painting which go great with the décor in your living room. Now that you’ve brought it home, you put a nail in the wall over the couch and slide the oil painting over it. Viola!

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Taking a step back, you admire your new purchase. You tip your head to one side and then the other. Squinting, you take another look at the painting. Something’s not right about it, but what?

If you have found yourself staring at something you have just hung up trying to figure out why it doesn not look right, your not alone. There are a few common mistakes that look funny to the eye, but that you don’t quite know how to fix. Here’s some tips that might help when trying to hang pictures or wall hangings on a wall:

Hanging Large Oil Paintings:

Large artwork should be an area of focus so it needs to go in the appropriate spot Where does large hangings look best? Try over a couch, behind the dining set, over a fireplace or on a feature wall. A feature wall is where the placement of furniture or the layout of the home naturally guides the eye to a wall - a great place to feature art.

Hanging Small Art:

Try to group small pieces if possible. Using similar or matching frames and matting make this look more pleasing. If you don’t have a group, a smaller piece should be hung low and close to the furniture.

Hanging Paintings In Groups:

You can group items of any size together for an interesting display. Try to have them spaced approximately 3 inches apart. Try positioning them on the floor or a table to get a pleasing arrangement before placing the nails and measure carefully before making any holes.


Artwork should be hung with the center of the picture at eye level. That means the center should be about 60 to 66 inches from the floor. If you've visited a gallery you will see that the frames are not lined up by their top or bottom edges but that the pictures are all centered at the same height.

If the painting is usually going to be viewed sitting down (as at a dining table or when viewed beside a couch) you would hang them at the sitter^s eye level instead.

Décor hung behind a couch should be no more than 8 to 10 inches above the back of the couch.

With these easy tips you should have no problem creating wonderful arrangements that will have designer appeal.

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