“One of the most common mistakes people make in their homes is
hanging art on walls at the wrong height – mostly up far too high,” says
In the art world, some gallerists talk about “Queen’s eye height” which
is an old-fashioned term for saying hang works at eye-level.
For art that will be viewed from a standing position such as in hallways
or an entrance, the best rule of thumb is to position your artwork, so
the middle/centre of the picture is approx. 1500mm from the floor. The
aim is to look at the middle work but of course, if you have a sofa or
table underneath it you might need to alter the position.
In rooms where you do a lot of sitting, lower the hanging position to suit.
At the end of the day, you don’t want to be too rigid with heights and
dimensions but keep them in your mind when displaying work so there’s no
neck craning going on or peculiar layouts that jar on the eyes. And,
if you’re 5'4” but your partner is 6'2”, you may need to find a midpoint
Choosing art for your home should be above all, fun! With so much to
learn and choose from online, trust your gut and go for it!
Where to look
Here's where Jactina likes to browse for artwork:
- Flinders Lane Gallery
- Greenhouse Interiors
- Art Lovers Australia
- Studio Gallery
- Studio Stefan Gevers
- Kerry Armstrong
- Biella Art
- Olive et Oriel
- Life Interiors
- Norsu Interiors
- The Print Emporium
- Urban Road