• Staging with Art, 5 tips for Picture Perfect Ways to Hang Art

    There are rules and guidelines around just about everything, and I’m sure it won’t surprise you to know that there are some do’s and don’ts around how to hang artwork. How high? How many?   How large? This month I’ll give you 5 tips that I use to hang art without putting huge holes in the walls and to accessorize rather than overwhelm the space.

    1. Hang art at about eye level for someone around 5’4’ to 5’6”. Most people hang art too high, which draws the eye up and away from the space and décor in the room. In children’s rooms, art should be hung much lower to accent and create a space that smaller one’s can enjoy.
    2. Bigger is better. On a large wall, one large piece is more appealing than several smaller pieces. If you are hanging art over a sofa, art should be centered and about 3 to 6” above the top of the sofa.


    1. To hang heavy pieces use Hercules Hooks or Monkey hooks. These little gems hold up to 200 lbs and they just put this teensy weensy hole in the wall. I LOVE them. Not only do they hold a ton of weight but they are easy schmeasy to get into the walls. Even I can do it! Basically, you poke the pointy end into the wall and twist to work the hook in. The hook curves around the inside of the wall board which provides the strength and voile’ you hang the picture.
    2. If the artwork isn’t too heavy, you could try 3M Command picture hanging strips. And they don’t damage the wall when removing! I’ve used these in my warehouse to create a purse hanging area, and use them in homes where clients are sensitive about holes in the walls. However, in staged homes I only use them for very light pieces.
    3. If you are hanging art work that has multiple frames, hang the art about ½ “apart to create the feeling of one large rather than several small pieces.

    We also use abstract art when staging that can be hung either horizontally or vertically:

    abstract art

    If I want to draw attention to a high ceiling, I might choose 2 or 3 pieces and walk them up the wall to draw the eye up towards the ceiling. In this home simple metal bowls from Ikea were used to create a dramatic space.


    Art like any other accessory can be overused in a staged home. As with anything, when selling less is more. When choosing which walls should have art, always think of the first impression of the room, and the angle that the photo will be shot from. Mirrors are good choices to reflect views and add depth to a room.

    Most of the time the tips we use for staging are also good rules of thumb to follow when choosing and hanging art in your home. The advantage is that it’s YOUR house! You really can do whatever pleases you, including an entire wall of the family history. But when you are preparing to sell, the “wall of family” will need to come down to help buyers imagine their families creating a new history in your home!

    If you have a specific question, call me or post it on my Facebook page, and I will feature your question with an answer on my bi-weekly radio show on the Chat with Women Network. Listen in the first and third Wednesday of the month on KKNW 1150 AM radio from 8:00am to 9:00am!


    Pam Christensen is an Accredited Staging Professional Master who specializes in working with investors to help them maximize their return on investment by providing high quality staging that get results!


    Pam Christensen, ASPM

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