How to Hang a Gallery Wall

Start at the bottom, in central, and work your way up. You don’t want to center the largest piece of art. Anne-Laure Lemaitre is an art advisor who has curated shows at Swivel Gallery in New York and Kapp Kapp. “You can have an abstract piece with super-textured and precise drawing, but they both have something in common, like green and orange tones.” But if you mix different media like photography, painting, and sculpture, it can make the group look confusing and “a little rough on your eye,” Lemaitre warns. You might try a group of black-and-white artworks, or pieces that are body-centric. This could include pieces that have a profile or hand. Start at the bottom and work your way up. The largest piece of art should not be the center. Lemaitre states that a large piece of art can be a focal point, and everything else becomes almost irrelevant. You can organize a cluster by keeping the spacing between them consistent. Another way is to align the tops, sides or bottoms of multiple pieces. Once you have settled on a layout that suits your needs, cut pieces of brown paper to match the size of the items you wish to hang. Then tape them to the wall. Lemaitre suggests that this allows you to “get a feel” for the pieces. If you have limited space and your cluster includes a wall mounted television, you should make sure it is not in the middle. Lemaitre states that it can be part of the hang and not be disruptive to it, provided it is placed in a way that doesn’t cause damage to everything around it. She says that ultimately, however, your personal feelings will dictate what and how you display it. It’s a bit like creating a painting. You should view it as one piece of art made up of multiple pieces.