How to NAIL the Perfect Placement When Hanging Art Above the Bed

How to NAIL the Perfect Placement When Hanging Art Above the Bed

Adrienne Breaux
Sep 20, 2017

There are a lot of things to think about when choosing art. From what type of art (photograph, painting or something else?) to the color, style and pattern, you're notevenfinished when you finally choose a piece. Because you also have to consider where in the space it's going to go. Not just which room or which wall, but how many inches away from the sofa? How high on the wall? How big compared to the bed? This is a collection of rooms that are getting art above the bed right; visually learn from the examples to help get it right in your own space!

How to get the most out of this Rooms That Get It Right Guide:

Find the bed + wall situation that best matches your bedroom below, and take a cue from their art hanging solution to find a way to hang art above your bed that will look and feel just right.

Noah makes the right choice in centering the art piece above his bed within the space between the shelves. (Without the shelves in the space, I would have hung it a couple of inches lower.)

Two contrasting pieces are hung just right above a simple, minimal bed.

The size of this hanging map and where it was hung on the wall fit this vintage metal bed well.

Though the piece above this bed is on the small-side, because the headboard is so substantial and the wall color so bold, it works.

These over-sized letters hanging on the wall are perfectly proportioned to the bed and to the space between the ceiling and the headboard.

This over-sized art piece could have overwhelmed a small bedroom easily. Except here, the patterned bedding helps balance the boldness of the art. The art is also not wider than the bed, and the ceiling is a bit tall, all which help.

This wide art piece mimics the horizontal headboard and contrasts nicely with the gray wall.

This piece of art could have felt too small over this bed, but the addition of sconces on the wall on either side of the headboard help make the above-the-bed area more substantial.

Perfectly proportioned and perfectly placed.

Two windows on either side of the bed in this bedroom "eat" into the space available for above-the-bed art, but a subtle and narrow wall hanging hung at the right height makes for a beautiful composition.

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