Uh… Wednesdays are so hard. So is HANGING art!

A couple of years ago, I created a series called #HangInThereWednesdays. Over a few weeks and on Wednesdays, I highlighted hanging techniques that you could use in your own home. I offered guidelines and tips to create that run on the wall, or gallery wall you have always dreamed of.

Well, hang in for one more Wednesday! I have now compiled these quick posts into one blog, while adding a few new ones.

Take a look at the photos and read the tips, then try them in your own home. You too can make your home have the same aesthetic of hanging art that I create in the gallery.

Got Questions? Email me at andrea.jackman@bellnet.ca 



Hammer, Nails/Picture hangers, Some Art, Some Walls, Pencil and paper to figure out the Math, Measuring Tape, Level, Green Painter's Tape, Didactics/Labels are optional


“Run on the Horizon” The modern gallery look uses a lot of MATH. To create the effect of a run of artworks, all of their vertical centre's must be at 56” from the floor. Apply this systemic math to each artwork regardless of size, and it will look like the artworks are hanging on an invisible Horizon and all artworks will be centred on each other.

Tip: Level as you go to create the optimal satisfaction.

Note: 56” may seem low. You can add one more inch to 57”, but I caution not to go any higher as with standard 8’ ceilings, the artworks will look closer to the ceiling than the floor and furniture.




“Fun in the Middle” is a great way of highlighting one larger painting with 3” separating it from all other artworks in a clock-like affect. Perfect to also show off those smaller works on a bigger wall.

Tip: Lay it out on the floor below the desired wall. Measure out 3” spaces to understand how large you will be creating your cluster and determine centre.




“Split in two” Using 56” from the floor to determine a horizon then hang two groupings on either side of the horizon leaving about a 2” space between the two groups. You can play with the idea of reflection.

Tip: A line of wide Green painter’s tape, as long as it’s level, makes it a easy to hang each group




“Box Edition” Gather the artworks you want to hang together and create one shape with their outside perimeter. In this case, a rectangle in a vertical manner has be designed to suit a narrow wall. Embrace the negative spaces.

Tip: Try it in a landscape manner with all artworks that are vertical in composition




“BIG/SMALL Wall” Big and small you can mix them all. Choose a theme and bring them together. This layout can solve the “I only want one large piece to go over the couch issue.” Why settle for just one?  Size contrast is totally in!




“In the Round” Tick, Tock make it look like a clock. Square paintings are a common sight. Grab your favorite and create a clock like affect. Place your square artwork in the middle, then place other artworks in the round at equal distance from the center piece. Plus, who needs a wall clock? That’s what phones are for.




“Off Kilter Parallel” A spine of negative space is what sets up this grouping of artworks. Not one is the same size and thus you don’t need to match the lengths. Perfect for a narrow wall.

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Great post!

Esther De Vos

Great blog.The best summary of hanging art that I have ever read.
Looking at my walls now!

Carolyn MIlne

Thanks, Andrea, for this posting. I have three shows coming up this year, but the one in Kitchener is the one of most concern to me. I figure I need about 35 paintings and they are hung on two 70 foot walls. Your tips will be most helpful.

My wife and I will drop in to see you some time soon. We are heading to New York next week, as there is a gallery that has been after me several times, and I want to check it out, and see what all is involved, and if it is worthy of the effort. 😉



John A Root

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