How to hang pictures

How to hang pictures


The arrangement of paintings on a wall usually follows some basic rules in order to achieve a final balance with the decor of the room.

For example, it is important to evaluate theheight where to arrange the framework; usually at medium eye level, about 160 cm from the ground. If the painting is designed to be admired while sitting on the sofa, it may have a different height.


The paintings are generally hung on the walls with nails but there are examples where they are lean against the wall or on a piece of furniture, attracting the visitor’s attention.

Even the architectural elements of the room and the furnishings contribute to determining the right position of the paintings, finding a balance in the composition on the wall.

Or the picture can find a strategic position able to accompany the gaze through a corridor or towards a certain room in the house.

Hanging pictures in an original way in the living room


To hang pictures in an original way, first of all you need to keep in mind which wall of the room is more suitable.

For example, in the case of staythe walls are often occupied by bookcases, sideboards and other furnishings, so it is necessary to look at the available spaces and work on the formats of the paintings.

The classic position is that of the large picture, positioned in the centre, above the sofa leaning against the wall, as an alternative to the large format, you can opt for the diptychespecially if the images have a vertical format.

In the case of small two-seater sofas it is possible to create a frame composition on the back wall.


But don’t just look at the wall space.
Also console, sideboards and similar furnishings, can be used as a support base for paintings without using nails, with the advantage of being able to easily change their position.

Putting a piece of furniture in dialogue with a painting, perhaps hanging on the wall, behind a table, or in a lateral position, can create an interesting setting.

Create a composition of paintings on a wall


An alternative solution to the single frame is the composition of multiple paintings on a wall, also using different formats.

Basically two rules can be followed: one that follows one precise gridwhere we find the same formats perfectly aligned, the other is the free arrangement of the paintings on a wall, however imagining them inserted in a geometric shape.

Therefore, within a rectangle, a square, but also a circle or an imaginary oval, it is possible to design a composition of paintings of various formats.

Absolute freedom for the choice of frames, images or prints even on canvas.
One will turn out harmonic compositionseemingly random.

Painting composition on a wall
In the case of rather light paintings, without frames, you can also use the thread methodpositioned between two hooks placed on the wall, on which to hang the images using clips or clothespins.

How to arrange pictures in the bedroom


The bedroom is generally suitable for the arrangement of paintings as well as mirrors.

In particular, above the headboard of the double bed, the space is usually empty and directs the gaze as soon as you enter the room.

The important rule to follow is the size of the width of the bed, both in the case of a single frame and in the case of a composition of several frames.

Painting composition in the bedroom
For a balanced arrangement of the paintings above the bed, the width of the surface occupied must be neither too small (at least 2/3 of the bed) nor too large (within 4/5 of the bed).

Another interesting point for placing pictures in the bedroom can be above the bedside tablesideal placement for small frames, or on one side above the headboard.

Ideas for placing pictures on the walls


The paintings are furnishing accessories and their arrangement in a house must not be neglected.

Creating original compositions of paintings suitable for the place where they are placed enhances the whole house from an aesthetic point of view.

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Here are some guidelines to inspire you

Centered alignment


It is a classic grouping of frames, which never goes out of fashion and consists in hanging 2 or 3 medium-sized paintings in the center of the wall to be decorated, arranging smaller paintings all around, for create an overview.

This composition is particularly suitable for the dining room and living room.

Angle alignment


Ideal arrangement to enhance some corners in the house, placing the paintings on two adjacent wallseven in a free and somewhat messy way, keeping as a reference the top of the corner of the room.

Align bottom or top


It is an easy and quick arrangement to make, by combining paintings of different sizes, aligning them along one horizontal imaginary line placed high or low on the wall, at the same height from the floor.

Aligned paintings arrangement

Diagonal arrangement


The arrangement of squares diagonally on a wall creates a strong visual impact, particularly suitable for walls that enclose the flight of stairsbut also the more irregular ones typical of attics.

Linear arrangement


The arrangement of the paintings is very elegant and minimal horizontally or verticallycreating a sort of personal gallery, ideal for decorating the narrowest walls or above the headboard or sofa.

Square linear arrangement

How to hang pictures on the wall without using nails


There are alternative solutions for hanging pictures without nails on the walls, chosen according to the weight and size of the picture.

For example using:

necklaceon the market there are different types of glues from the estate extra strongcome Pattex Thousand nails made with special additives, able to guarantee an excellent seal.

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Adhesive hookshave a “sticky” surface that adheres to the wall.
Once the protective film has been removed, the adhesive part is attached to the wall by pressing hard for a few seconds. For example i hooks and adhesive strips Command by 3M Italia Srl.


Double-sided adhesive strips and pads, made with microsuction cups, are washable and reusable, cheap and quick and easy to apply. Suitable for rather light paintings and decorations.

Double sided tape, pre-cut, adheres to surfaces in an optimal way, without damaging them. It is easily removed but not reusable. For a perfect fixing it is necessary to glue the double-sided tape correctly on the entire perimeter of the frame and an X-crossing on the back of the picture.

Siliconeproves to be perfect for hanging pictures and decorations on the walls thanks to its resistance and transparency, even if in case of removal, as with the glue, it will bring the underlying plaster with it.


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