There is an overwhelming amount of rules surrounding hanging up art and even for professionals, it can be a little daunting at times, but I can tell you from experience that there is great pleasure to be had when you finally nail it – pun very much intended. This guide is a simple and quick one to understading wall arrangements and the different directions one can take when displaying art on the walls of the home – or anywhere else really, focusing more on inspiration than on rules.


  • Single Large Art

If you have a single large piece of art, you can hang it on a large wall, over a piece of furniture (the couch or bed, for instance) or on it’s own for a minimalist approach. It gives a bold effect on any space.

  • Single Small Art

A smaller piece can also be hung on its own. Try smaller walls or corners, shelfs, or counters.

  • Art Series Display

Displaying a series of art that look identical can create the illusion of one large piece. They do not even have to be from the exact art series, they could be works that are of the same size, have the same theme/colour scheme, or are similarly framed.

Odd numbers are usually interesting.

Keep it interesting and display even number of works asymmetrically.

If you have a large number of works of the same size – usually photographs – you can create a grid on one wall in rows and columns.

  • Full Gallery Wall

Creating a wall gallery can be as simple or as difficult as you want it to be (yes, there are a ton of rules but you can throw some of them out the window). Depending on the number of works you want to display, you can create a full gallery wall in a central space, say cover a living room wall. Your display can be symmetrical or otherwise. It’s best to arrange these pieces on the floor in front of the wall you intend to use, mapping out space and positions before the actual hanging on the wall takes place. Just so know where everything goes and have an idea how it’ll look when the pieces go up. Don’t be afraid to mix and match – paintings, drawings, photographs, prints. You can also go different sizes, shapes, or frames.


  • Small Gallery Wall

Do not have enough works to cover a full wall? No problem. Use a smaller wall or centralize your small collection on the large wall. And yes, you can create a symmetry with works of diffrent sizes.

  • Corner Wall Gallery

There’s an unexpected beauty in letting your gallery display extend around a corner. Bring life to a lonely corner by hanging art work on either side of the walls that meet the corner in a cluster formation.

  • Stairway Gallery

Make use of the stairway by hanging art on the walls that follow the staircase. You can also use the space under the staircase instead. Whatever works best for your space.

Of course, there are a ton of other ways to display art in your space, but hopefully this guide helps you and provides inspiration, simplifying things if you’re feeling overwhelmed. If you want a guide about measurements and such, this article trims down the rules to just two and should provide a guide.

Go forth and fill your space with amazing art.


Written by Nik-Nak