My husband is 6’5 tall and in the old days before I trained him, he used to hang pictures WAY too high on the wall. In my travels as a stager & photographer, I am often in a house that has its artwork hung way too high – regardless if a giant lives there or not. So, here are a few rules for hanging artwork in your home. Please feel free to pass this information on to your friends & clients. Your neck will be happy you did so. PS: These same rules apply even if you have cathedral ceilings in a room.
Horizontal Art: The middle of the picture should be about 61″ – 63″ from the floor. If you are 5’6 tall that makes it easy because thats dead center eye level.
Vertical Art: I shoot for the same 63″ middle, but sometimes you have to adjust. If you have chair rail for example you need to center vertical artwork half way between the ceiling & the chair rail. As such, the middle is going to be higher than normal.
Over Furniture: The bottom of the art should be about 8 – 10 inches above the piece of furniture. If you have tall people in your family & they hit their heads on it when they sit on the couch, scoot it up an inch or 2 but not much more. For a fireplace, center the art between the ends of the mantle, and the same 8 – 10″ rule applies.
So, grab a tape meaasure (and spackle for the old holes) and start putting your art where it belongs 🙂