7 Hanging Styles for Your Art Collection!

No CommentsPosted July 22, 2015 by Matthew



I have artwork tucked into every crevice of our house. Under the couch, in the closet, stuffed in drawers and, yes, still sitting unframed in the package it arrived in – guilty as charged! Collecting art is the easy part; getting down to hanging them on the wall can be something else entirely. So, it being summer, and a time when things tend to slow down, I’ve decided to tackle the art of hanging art. Below are my top tips to help get you started!












This is a good place to begin – this is the first piece you look at as you walk into the room, and it can be the piece that the rest of your collection is hinged upon. This is the artwork that, for whatever reason, makes you weak in the knees and makes you feel proud to own it. It’s worth investing in at least one, large-scale piece, that will make a big impact (if budget is an issue, you can always ask about payment plans, or crowd-source for your next birthday). Hang this piece at eye-level (most people make the mistake of hanging artwork too high), and use a simple frame with clean lines to let the work speak for itself. Apartment Therapy has a great post with instructions on exactly how high your artwork should be hanging.












A diptych (two works of art that are intended to be hung next to each other) is a great way to fill up a long wall, and can be the perfect solution for a hallway, a front entry or for that awkward wall adjacent to the staircase. The images compliment each other and tell a story, and can be combined with other artworks to really get a narrative going. Whatever you do, don’t hang diptychs one higher than the other – even on a staircase. Leila Syed-Fatemi’s Zainab | & Zainab || from the series Clothbound is a great example of a diptych, and for a wall of four, hang them with Alma Haser’s to start building your portraiture collection.












If you have a very formal, or modern room, then hanging art in a more casual way can help offset the austerity. Lean pieces of different heights along a mantle, rather than hammering into the wall. This gives you flexibility, allows you to move the work around – and avoid nailing into the plaster in some cases. You can also mingle in some treasured, vintage family photos, mix it up with bits of colour, or stick to strictly black and white.












Is your hallway a boring trip, or an exciting journey? Exciting journey of course! Corridors are the perfect place to hang a menagerie of art, or, to fill up a vast amount of wall space and build as you go. Mix and match artworks of different sizes – 16″x20″, 20″x24″, even 30″x40″ – or hang different mediums together; a precious little painting, a hand-carved mask, mixed media and photography. There’s many different ways to approach a salon wall, and if you want more ideas check out our Pinterest page dedicated purely to the art of salon.












If you are accustomed to condo or apartment living, ample wall space may be hard to come by. We need not be formal, as there really are no rules when it comes to hanging art on your walls. Try hanging frames side-by-side, with little-to-no wiggle room in between. A frame to frame arrangement is helpful in front vestibules, bathrooms, or any other room where space is limited. This type of compact arrangement will help keep your artwork out of storage and on the wall!












I have seen this idea featured on a number of blogs, and at first, wasn’t so enthusiastic. However, I think it can make a lot of sense for a busy work space, a kid’s room, or a home office where you might want to instill some order. Find a large frame (try flea markets or antique stores), and use it as a backdrop for other photographs and artworks. This solution can create a structured look that can add order to your chaos. You could also try placing a cork board inside the hanging frame, and use it to pin other little bits of inspiration.











Floating shelves are a great way to build flexibility into your exhibition space, allowing your collection to expand as you go. Try layering pieces of different sizes, colours and mediums together, and let go of the impulse to match the artwork to your decor. Avoid cluttering up the shelves by adding a lot of knick-knacks, they will detract from the overall impact. Stick to black and white photographs, or add colour to a neutral space – whatever you choose, make art the focal point.


Add equal parts gin and tonic to an ice filled glass, and sit in the space where you want the artwork to go. Sometimes hanging out with the blank canvas gives a chance for those ideas to expand (art-installtion related or otherwise).

A very special thank you to Matthew Beal, our Digital Marketing Intern for his contribution to this post, and for the very snazzy drawings you see here! For more tips on how to hang your art, check out our Pinterest page.

Happy Hanging,

Emily McInnes
Founder and Director

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