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…
Gregory at AT:LA blogged about this house, with a great example of positioning a low-hung piece successfully.
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.
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.
This high-impact piece works perfectly in conjunction with a small writing desk seen in Domino Magazine.
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.
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.