Low-Hung Artwork

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We like to think that some rules were made to be broken. The general rule of thumb is to hang artwork so that the mid-point of the piece is 57 inches from the floor, as Maxwell explained here. While this generally gives us one less thing to worry about, this photograph from Elle Decoration UK reminded us that the drama of a deliberately low-hung piece can keep things interesting. Here are some great examples of breaking the rules, for all the right reasons…
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Gregory at AT:LA blogged about this house, with a great example of positioning a low-hung piece successfully.

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In this bedroom over at LivingEtc low is the theme for everything in the room. A well placed photograph keeps the scale and focal point appropriate with the rest of the furniture and decor.

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For a bit more subtle of a touch, *visual*vamp* blogger Valorie Hart snuck a low painting next to her couch as a nice, somewhat surprising touch here.

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This high-impact piece works perfectly in conjunction with a small writing desk seen in Domino Magazine.

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With a pink shag rug and lots of pattern, this small image keeps the excitement condensed, allowing for a great expanse of grey above to keep the space from becoming overwhelming at LivingEtc.

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And now for something completely different. A similar visual kick is achieved here by doing the opposite and hanging everything "too" high. Leslie at AT:SF featured Abbey Hendrickson’s ceiling-bound cluster of artwork. This tactic creates a great deal of drama as well, but in the other direction. Unexpected, deliberate, and effective placement of artwork can make all the difference in a room.

Need some help with your hanging? Janel just posted a great How To on hanging art easily and precisely here.

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