You have just brought home a beautiful painting and want to make sure that it looks perfect on your wall. The problem is that you don't know how to hang art so it doesn't look completely off-center. By following the tips below, you can feel confident every time you place new artwork on the wall or re-arrange what is already there.
Start by Tracing the Frame
You will need a long roll of construction paper, a pencil, a tape measure, and a pair of scissors for this step. While holding down the artwork with one hand, draw around the outside shape of it with the other. Next, cut the paper where you drew the lines. With the paper lying flat on a table, measure it horizontally and vertically and then mark the center of the top of the frame.
Centering the Artwork on the Wall
You're now ready to place the artwork on the wall. To ensure the best view, place the tape measure on the floor and measure 60 inches. This is the typical eyeline for most people. You then take 60 inches plus half of the height of the frame and subtract one inch. For a 15-inch frame, this would equal 6.5 inches. This is where the nail should go.
Before you make a nail mark in your wall, tape the construction paper to it and stand back. This gives you a good angle to see if you like where you are about to place the artwork. If you do, go ahead and take a hammer to the nail. If not, move the construction paper around a bit until you determine the perfect placement for your new piece of art.