CHI Good Questions: Hanging Framed Art, Stairstep Style?

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Click Chick sent us an email: My boyfriend is finally inspired to start hanging his art and photos in his condo. (I admit, I gave him a nudge. I cut out outlines of each piece so he could tape them to his walls before committing to nail holes.)

Now the question: His first instinct was to stagger them. Stairstep style.

I discouraged this. He wants to know why. Other than... "Ugh. No." I can't seem to verbalize why staggering is wrong. Can anyone help me defend my stance on this issue?

Background: He has a few cityscapes of the city where he grew up. They are different sizes, ranging between 10 X 14 to idontknow 11 x 20? and a few other pieces... no bigger than 20 to 24 inches in any one direction.
His argument is that he has too much wall space to fill and one picture per wall just isn't enough.
I say, try it first! I would encourage groupings if they were groupable, but they're not. I approve of stacking two horizontal cityscapes - but then I have trouble convincing him to stick to the 57 inches on center philosophy. He thinks it's too low. For now - he's only managed to hang something in the bathroom - and the rest of the cutouts are taped to the walls so he can see if he can get used to the 57 inches on center theory.

He also thinks art above the sofa should be even higher.

Help.

Before you all decide that I'm a nag - I realize that it's his home and he can do what he wants - I'm just trying to encourage good design.

So can the AT debate team articulate the argument against the stairstep-style art hanging and the other issues such as hanging height? Please let Click Chick know in the comments...

Photo Montage: made from Plein Air Frame 60 from Gallery Frames Direct

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