Friday, August 15, 2014

Everyday Design No.3: How High?

If I had a dollar for every time I was asked what height artwork should be hung I might very well be close to being able to retire. This seems to be the single biggest question and one of the biggest problem areas of interior design. Now, had I another dollar for every house I went into where their artwork was hung to high I would be able to retire...on my own island in the Caribbean. It really is that much of a problem.

While the 57-60 inch center height is not set in stone it is the best standard. It also works well if you are planning on hanging to pieces of similar sized art one above the other. In this case the 57-60 inch standard should fall in the space between the two pieces (which should be 2-4 inches on average).

Here is where it can get a bit complicated. If you are hanging two pieces, one above the other, but one is a good bit bigger the other the 57-60 inch height will no longer be on the center of the piece. This is how it works, let us say that the piece on the bottom is bigger, in this case the 57-60 inch line should fall between the top 1/3 to 1/4 of the piece depending its height. Should the larger piece be on top simply use the bottom 1/3 to 1/4. Simple right?

As always should anyone have questions on this topic I am always happy to answer them.


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