Décor Tips: Hanging Frames


Has the start of a new year motivated you tackle décor projects that have been put on pause over the last few months? Putting together a beautiful combination of frames can really add some life in a room; here are a few tips to help you do it.


1. Frame in portrait position
When hanging frames in portrait position (in a hall or entryway, for example), the golden rule is to position the frame so that its central point is 60 to 66 inches above the ground, at eye level.

2. Frame in landscape position
However, if you’re putting up frames in landscape position in the living room, the dining room or your office, you’ll want to hang them a little lower. Sit down in front of the piece you intend to hang and ask someone to move it up and down until you can comfortably rest your eyes on it without straining your neck.

3. Frame above furniture
When you’re hanging a frame above a piece of furniture, the general rule is that the bottom of the frame should be 8 to 10 inches above the furniture (except in the case of a group of frames, where the height will vary). If you hang the piece too high, you’ll create the illusion that it’s floating above the furniture rather than linked to it.

4. Frame above an armchair or sofa
When placed above an armchair or sofa, the frame or group of frames should never be wider than the furniture placed below it, for fear of the frame overpowering the sofa rather than complementing it. However, you also don’t want the frame to look lost in the space around it! For the perfect balance, choose a frame arrangement that is at least 2/3 of the width of the sofa. The same rule applies to a frame placed over a bed.

5. Filling a large space
If you don’t have a large piece of art, but have a large space to fill, consider grouping two or more frames together. A great way to create a row of frames is to use an odd number of them. This way, you can easily center one of them with your furniture, and hang the others around the central piece.


6. Group of frames
Putting up a group of frames? Leave 2 to 5 inches between them: if they’re too far from each other, they will look disconnected and the artwork or photos won’t seem to flow together.

Walls filled with groups of frames are very trendy. They can feature family members, artwork, posters or souvenirs, collection items, or a mix!

Here are a few tips for grouping together your chosen elements while saving time and avoiding making useless holes in your walls.

  • Use painter’s tape (easy to remove) to align and center your frames. Simply stick a piece of tape between the two hooks and cut it to match this distance, then stick the tape on the wall temporarily in the desired spot. Use a level to ensure the tape alignment is good, then place the nails directly at the ends of the tape.
  • A simple way of determining the best arrangement for a creative frame montage is to place the objects on a large sheet of paper (like a roll of craft paper) on the table or floor and to “play” around with the layout. Make changes and reorganize the frames until you find the best possible combination.
  • Trace each of the frames and draw a dot where you should place the nails or hooks. With a piece of temporary masking tape, fix the paper on the wall (while keeping the 58 to 66 inch from the ground focal point rule in ind) and ensure that it is level with the floor. Then, place your nails directly on the marks you’ve made on the paper. Remove the paper: all that’s left is to hang your frames!
  • Use imaginary symmetry axes to frame your frames with style and balance out your arrangements. Whether they’re parallel or perpendicular to the ground, the imaginary axes on which your frames will be aligned will add harmony to your layout.


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