Posted by Dan O'Malley in Home Design

If your room feels like it’s missing something, a piece of tasteful wall art could be just what it needs. But how do you know if you’re hanging it in the exact right place?

Here are some easy ways to ensure you’re nailing your wall’s visual appeal every time.

What to Consider When Hanging Wall Art

For a good starting point, we asked Chloe Hughes, Editor in Chief at Foter, where she shares dozens of other interior design tips. Here are four things she considers in a room when getting ready to add wall art:

  • Size of the artwork
  • Space available on the wall
  • Color of the walls
  • Other decorations in the room

One of the basic rules of starting out with decorating a home is to keep it simple. It’s always better to start minimally, then add more later if you feel the room still needs it. This helps avoid overdoing the décor in a room.

Blue Home Office

Three Tricks to Always Hang Wall Art in the Right Place

No matter which room or where in the room you’re hanging the art, here are three tips guaranteed to make it look right.

1. Make Sure the Art Is Easily Visible

“Ideally, the frame or wall art must be located at eye level,” says Anton Giuriou, Architect and Founder of Homesthetics.

Creating enough of a buffer zone around the art piece really gives it the focus it deserves in the room. Before hanging your piece measure your sightlines around the room—furniture included—as well as measuring the size of the piece.

2. Centralize the Art on the Wall

For optimal symmetry and balance throughout a room, center your wall art. This avoids making one end of the room appear clunky or distracting.

Loft With Bohemian Wall Art

Even if your room isn’t completely even with its other pieces, the wall art should still anchor the room. This makes for a satisfying, cohesive uniformity in the room’s overall look.

3. Maintain a Balance Between a Room’s Pieces

Don’t overcrowd any given wall with décor, unless you are creating a gallery wall. Instead, opt for one large art piece to create a focal point, or scatter small wall art across the wall.

Bedroom With Bulldog Wall ArtHome Office With Varied Wall Art

Also consider where furniture is placed throughout the room. You want your household as well as your guests to be able to enjoy wall art, so don’t inadvertently hide or bury it behind other pieces.

The Best Locations for Wall Art Throughout the Home

There’s a way to decorate walls all throughout your home, even in the smallest or most utilitarian rooms. Here are locations to hang wall art in (almost) every room.


The best location for wall art in a home office is behind the chair at the desk. This just naturally unites the room around what’s often already at the center.

Home Office With Horse Wall Art

If the desk is mounted or flush against a wall, try centering the art directly above the desk on the wall. Just make sure you set up your computer or laptop off-center so you don’t block the view of the art.

Home Office With Wall Art Above Desk

Living/Family Room

If your home has a fireplace, we love the mantel as the most dramatic way to showcase a piece of art.

Family Room With Wall Art Above Fireplace

Another great location is anchored around the seating arrangement in the living room. “Note that the perfect way is to hang it above your sofa, at the center,” Giuriou adds.

Find living room décor that fits your personality to add a personal story and meaning to your walls!


There are two ideal locations to hang wall art in a bedroom:

  1. Centered above the bed
  2. Atop the dresser (just make sure you have another spot for a mirror)
Pink Bedroom With Symmetrical Wall DécorOwner's Bedroom With Wall Art Above Dresser

Game Room

Game rooms aren’t exempt from tasteful home design. In fact, there are plenty of ways to keep game room décor looking polished and understated.

Balance out colorful elements with a neutral-colored piece of wall art, like matching geometric prints.

Game Room With Geometric Wall Art

Dining Room

Place dining room wall art at one end of the table, aligned with the edge. No matter if your wall falls parallel to the longer or shorter side of a table, this positioning will work.

Dining Room With Wall Art at End of Table

Laundry Room

Prioritize functionality for any wall art in the laundry room. Find a piece that doubles as a shelf or hanging rod for air-dry items, and situate this piece convenient to your laundry sink or folding station.

Laundry Room With Wash-Dry Wall Art / Hanging Rods

Flex Room

With the wide variety of purposes a flex or bonus room could be used for, you’ll want to be able to change up decorations and furniture as your needs develop over time.

That said, try a shelf or ledge with freestanding art pieces first to liven up the space. Then, if you find that just-right wall art you simply must have, add it on an otherwise bare wall. This makes future redecorating a little less daunting.

Home Office With Wall Art and Ledge With Framed Art


Kitchens don’t typically have a lot of options for wall art, since efficient kitchens use every square inch, but if your kitchen has an unoccupied nook or small wall, add a fittingly sized frame that matches the shape and size of the wall surrounding it.

Kitchen Wall Art


Lofts tend to be open areas with maybe only two full walls, one of which is generally taken up by a TV or bookshelf.

If you still have available wall space once your furniture is all in place, add a large statement piece to really add wow factor when your guests reach the top of the stairs!

Loft With Horse Wall Art


One or two small bathroom wall art pieces are helpful to warm up the space, especially in a guest bathroom or powder bath. Add these wall pieces above the hand towel rack or the toilet.

Bathroom With Animal-Themed Wall ArtBathroom With Black and White Wall Art

Try a Bold and Interesting Wall Art Arrangement in One Room

Now that you know the basics of where to hang wall art, we challenge you to get a little creative in one room of your home to try something fresh and exciting!

Here are some ideas:

Stack wall art vertically, rather than horizontally, for a towering, grand focal point.

Vertically Stacked Wall Art

Double up with bookend or complementary pieces to add more of a narrative.

2 Matching Bunny Rabbit Wall Art Pieces in Nursery

Layer art on top of an accent wall for more dimension.

Living Room With Wall Art on Wood Accent Wall

The nice thing about wall art is that it’s relatively easy to rearrange or swap out with a different piece later. Try an accent wall or wallpaper as your next wall décor adventure in your home!


Dan O'Malley
Dan O'Malley


Dan O’Malley is the Vice President of Product Development for M/I Homes.With over 30 years of expertise in residential architecture and design, Dan has been overseeing the product needs of the company's 16 divisions located throughout the Midwest, Southeast, Nashville and Texas for the past 12 years. Before joining M/I Homes, he was a partner in the Chicago office of BSB Design, a national residential architectural firm, for 14 years. Dan is an expert in all aspects of single-family and multifamily design and has received several awards for his successful projects. He is also a popular speaker at various industry events, including the International Builder’s Show, Midwest Builder’s Show, and Multi-Housing World.

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