Don’t be intimidated by trying to figure out effective arrangements for groupings of framed art, photographs or mirrors. You’ll find a variety of arrangement ideas for both even and odd numbers of groupings. The key to saving yourself a lot of frustration and unwanted nail holes is to work out the arrangement on the floor before going to the wall.
Even Groupings of the Same Size
Groups of framed wall art in identical sizes look best when evenly spaced in straight horizontal or vertical lines. For instance, if you have four pictures, you can place them in a straight horizontal line going across the wall, a straight vertical line going up and down the wall or you can group them in a square, with two pictures on top and two pictures directly underneath. Symmetrical arrangements work best with even numbers.
Odd Groupings of the Same Size
When wall art is all the same size, symmetry keeps the look balanced. An odd number of frames the same size look best hung in straight horizontal or vertical lines. Keep an even amount of empty wall space on each end of the display for a balanced look.
Groupings of Different Sizes and Shapes
Asymmetrical groupings work best with wall art in varying sizes and shapes. For instance, with a grouping of three, one large picture can be accompanied by two smaller pictures hung vertically. You can place an object with an irregular shape like a clock or mirror in between two frames of the same size.
Wall art in different sizes and orientation, such as pictures that are tall or vertical and pictures that are wide or horizontal, can be staggered at various heights. Just remember to keep the spacing the same between each picture. Avoid wide spacing between frames that exceeds 6 inches, as the concept of a grouping tends to get lost.
In a large grouping of varied sizes and shapes, draw an imaginary horizontal line going through the middle of the display. For the pictures above the line, keep the bottom of the frames at the same height and the pictures below the line should have the tops of their frames all at the same height. The outer edges of the grouping will have a very irregular shape but the display will still look balanced and aesthetically pleasing.
More Tips For a Balanced, Harmonious Display
Follow these design tips for successful wall displays:
- Consider the size and shape of the wall and pick an arrangement that complements the shape, such as vertical arrangements on narrow walls and horizontal arrangements on wide walls.
- Consider scale and proportion regarding wall size and wall art size, using larger framed art and larger groupings on large walls and small art on small walls.
- Provide unity by grouping wall décor with similar frame styles, colors or similar compositions on art or photography.
- Keep the middle of a wall grouping at standing eye level, or about 65 inches from the floor.
- Only use diagonal arrangements along staircases or on a wall with a sloped ceiling that creates a diagonal line.
- Use an imaginary vertical line to balance large groupings of wall art, keeping an equal amount of visual weight on each side.
Plan ahead to transfer your floor arrangement to the wall.
An easy way to get accurate spacing between framed wall art pieces is to lay the grouping on kraft paper and trace around each frame. Use the same measurement between each piece, such as 2 or 3 inches, going both horizontal and vertical. Start by working out the placement for each frame. Then use a ruler or tape measure to check the distance between each frame, making minor adjustments if necessary. Once everything is evenly spaced, trace around each frame and then tape the craft paper to the wall as a guide for installation of nails or other hanging hardware.