How to Arrange Pictures on a Wall

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How to Arrange Pictures on a Wall
This arrangement is one example of how to hang pictures. (picture frames image by leafy from

Picture arranging is not difficult, but many people are puzzled with how to begin. Picture arrangement is similar to any other art form. Pictures are arranged by size, colour and texture. Once this initial arrangement is completed, then the pictures can be placed on the wall in almost any pattern.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pictures
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Sticky tack
  • Level
  • Measuring tape
  • Hammer
  • Nails

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  1. 1

    Place all frames of a similar colour together. Place black and white pictures together, and coloured pictures together. Place frames of the same size together in groups of two, four or six. Place frames of different sizes in groups of three or five. In odd-numbered groups, try to have one bigger picture and several smaller pictures.

  2. 2

    Plan to place groupings as focal points around the room. You do not want more than one or two groupings of pictures in the same room. Hallways, however, are different. Many groupings of pictures can be arranged in a hallway because there is nothing else to look at. The same thing goes for stairwells.

  3. 3

    Draw an outline of each picture frame that you want to hang on the wall on a piece of paper once you have established your groupings. Cut out these outlines and use sticky tack to hang the pieces of paper on the wall. Arrange the papers until you have a design that you like. Make sure that pictures of the same size hanging opposite each other are at precisely the same height.

  4. 4

    Save the placement of these outlines by marking each corner placement with a pencil. Take the paper pieces off the wall. Measure the distance between the edge of the pictures and the hangers on the back of the frames. Mark this placement on the wall in pencil.

  5. 5

    Hammer nails into the walls where you want the pictures to hang. Place all of the nails before hanging any pictures to prevent knocking anything off the wall with the hammer-pounding.

  6. 6

    Place the pictures on the wall. Use the level to determine that the pictures are hung straight. Use sticky tack on the corners of the picture frames to hold the frames level against the wall. The sticky tack will prevent the frames from shifting.

Tips and warnings

  • Hang all pictures with the top of the frame between 5 and 6 feet from the ground. Pictures should be hung at eye level for most viewers. If hanging an arrangement above a piece of furniture, arrange it so that the bottom of the frame is about 6 inches above the top of the furniture.

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