How high do we hang this picture?
November 25, 2011 5:24 PM Subscribe
How high should this picture be hung above the sofa? This high
? Or lower
posted by lollusc to home & garden (69 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Of my husband and me, one of us believes the picture should be hung at the higher position, and the other believes it should be at the lower point. (The horizontal position is something we'll sort out later, so just ignore that).
The picture is a placeholder for now, until we find some more colourful, livelier art that we really like. But that could take a couple of years, so we don't want this picture to look bad in the meantime.
The argument goes as follows:
Person A: Gallery height is 57 inches. Also, you are meant to make the picture look like one grouping with the sofa, not floating near the ceiling. The whole internet agrees with me. And apparently it's a common mistake to hang art too high.
Person B: If it's a "common mistake" that must mean that people's natural instinct is to hang it high. Which means it will look right to more people to hang it high. Also the ceiling is boring, so we want more visual interest closer to the ceiling.
Finally, we polled two of our friends this morning, and they agreed with person B. Also, we first got them to independently position the picture where they would hang it if it was their house, and they chose a position close to the higher one.
A compromise, hanging it in between the two points, makes neither of us happy. Both have agreed to go with whatever the metafilter consensus is.