Hanging Artwork - Picture Hanging Ideas For Interior Walls

The art of hanging artwork
The art of hanging artwork

Any interior designer should be adept at ascertaining the type of artworks needed for their interior projects, and the effective and best ways of hanging artwork.

And even though the final choice must be to the satisfaction of the client, designers must still present picture hanging ideas, sizes of chosen artwork, the colors and style of frames and the scale of each in proportion to the wall it's to be hung on.

Rooms with heavily decorated walls, scenic paper, heavily patterned wallpaper, special paint effects, murals etc., do not require additional artworks as wall enhancements. The artworks and pictures will end up being lost in the background.

Walls with too many hanging artworks can be stressful and heavy to the eyes, especially if the frames used are ornately decorated. In this case, for example, very simple frames must be used. With larger sized paintings that possess unusual detailed decorative features, ample wall space for hanging must be considered.

There is also great aesthetic enhancements when just one painting of great beauty is hung on the most significant wall in a room. The painting or artwork can be changed occasionally for added variety.

Hanging Artwork Effectively On Walls

Plain neutral walls are best for hanging artwork .

When large framed paintings are chosen as important art hanging features, it is good if the colour scheme of the painting is repeated in the decoration of the room.

Many times it's best to relate the subject matter of the artwork to the character of the room.

Hanging artwork of smaller sizes, on the other hand, can be regarded as colour accents to a wall and may even be inharmonious with the general scheme.

But when a number of small framed artwork are used in a cluster, they must not be arranged indiscriminately. They should be arranged in a form of simple geometric patterns such as:

However, when a number of small framed artwork are used in a cluster, they must not be arranged indiscriminately. They should be arranged in a form of simple geometric patterns such as:

  • a triangle
  • a square
  • a straight line
  • a rectangle

And where a number of artwork of various shapes and sizes are used, it’s a bit more difficult to balance. In this case, the posters, pictures or artwork should be placed close together in a form of a mass arrangement. This way they will appear as beautiful scenic wallpaper.

Unique Wall Artwort
Unique Wall Artwort

Picture Hanging Ideas. Do's And Don'ts

One of the most popular picture-hanging ideas is to place a single framed artwork on a wall or a group of smaller ones on important wall surfaces.


  • Groups of 3 pictures could either be hung with the largest in the centre, or two of the same size on both sides of the third. It is good if the 3 artworks are related in character and colour scheme.
  • Small pictures look better when hung at eye view level. Larger paintings that will be viewed from a distance are best hung at a higher level.
  • A group of artwork arranged asymmetrically can be placed on wall surfaces that are not a central point of the room.
  • Do make sure that hanging artwork ropes or wires do not show when paintings are hung on walls. It looks so tacky when hanging elements become obvious.


  • Do not hang oil paintings and watercolour paintings in close proximity. It will become inharmonious unless they are similar in colour tones.
  • Hanging artwork with vibrant colours next to black and white sketches is inappropriate. They must not be placed close together on the same wall to avoid a situation that's odd and inconsistent.


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Hanging Artwork

Pictures and framed artworks can be hung on wall surfaces using hooks, nails or screws driven well into the wall.

They must be fixed near the top of the picture frame. This ensures that the picture is hung as flat as is possible against the wall surface.

Hanging Artwork In Clusters
Hanging Artwork In Clusters

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angelaglancy 5 years ago from Seattle

Excellent hub with some great tips. Thanks for sharing.

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viryabo 5 years ago Author

Thanks Angel, i appreciate your visit and nice comments.


ignugent17 3 years ago

Thanks for sharing the tips. It is very useful :-)

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viryabo 3 years ago Author

Thanks ignugent, and thank you for visiting.


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JanMaklak 3 years ago from Canada

Great article. As a photographer I always want to come up with interesting ways to hang my work.

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