Top 10 picture hanging mistakes

Hanging artwork and pictures on a wall, at least in theory, is a very quick and easy task. However, there is always a chance that something goes wrong.

To avoid making some of the mistakes on your walls, check the list below before you start the process of hanging your artwork:

  1. Don’t use nails to hold a picture frame. Choose a picture hanging system with wires and hooks, that’s strong enough to support the weight of your pieces.
  2. Don’t hang anything too small above furniture, as the pictures will be overwhelmed by its weight and scale.
  3. Don’t scatter your art collections around the house in the hope that it will look like you have more than you actually do. Keep your collection together. 
  4. Don’t feel like you have to hang every piece of art that you own. Store extra pieces away and take them out periodically when you’re ready to update your wall décor. 
  5. Don’t hang art on every wall in the room. You should keep at least one wall free of art to allow your eyes to rest and to give the art that is hanging the attention it deserves.
  6. Consider the reflection before you hang mirrors. You don’t want an unattractive reflection ruining your décor.
  7. Don’t try to match your artwork to your furniture or your walls. Buy pieces that complement your décor, but most importantly, buy what you really like. Furniture is often replaced over time, but the artwork is timeless.
  8. When you are moving to a new home, challenge yourself and hang your artwork in different locations. It will feel as if you have all new pieces when they’re hung in new locations.
  9. Don’t hang your artwork too high. You want to be able to enjoy it without having to look way up.
  10. Don’t hang expensive or sentimental pieces of artwork in a bathroom because the moisture from steamy showers will destroy them.