Classic Art Hanging Trend: How to Hang Art Off Center

Classic Art Hanging Trend: How to Hang Art Off Center

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Adrienne Breaux
Oct 25, 2014

Though centering art on a wall over an important design element is a vital device in the designer's toolbox, it's not the only way to decorate a room. There's power in being a little different, and these six rooms prove that by featuring art just a little off of center. You might get inspiration for a little art arranging in your own home this weekend!

The thing all these art arrangements have in common is that although they don't follow the usual centering guidelines — over a piece of furniture, for instance — they aren't without their own logic, logic that if you look hard enough isn't hard to follow. And that's really the trick to experimenting with this art hanging idea!

Keep it simple with a small canvas, white wall and sparse furnishings.

A hanging wall art collage that meanders across a wall at different heights is a way to incorporate off-centered art.

The framed illustration in the photo above would appear to be off center; after all it's not quite connected to the vignette leaning on the table, but it is centered with the side chair. So you get kind of a logical off center situation.

This New York print could have been placed atop the cabinet, and the cabinet placed in the center of the wall. But by off centering both the cabinet and the art piece, the entire composition becomes a much wider and more powerful look than if they had been combined in one single column.

If you want to experiment with hanging art off center, try this trick seen in the photo above: Find the center of your sofa, and then line the right or left edge of your art piece with the center. It'll be off-centered, but it will logically make sense, too.

How do you feel about off-center art?

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