How to Display
Original Artwork

By Alex Farkas, Gallery Director, UGallery

After years of collecting and displaying art, I have learned several easy ways to make the most of your new artwork once you bring it home. For starters, it's much easier hanging artwork with someone to help you. So, recruit a friend or family member to be your assistant and read on.

Find a location
I like to consider all of the possibilities before picking a location. Carry the art from room to room and take turns with your assistant holding the art up on available walls. It is important to match your art with the scale of the room. Stand back and look to see if the art fits proportionally to the wall, room, and surrounding furniture and decor. The piece should have space around it to breathe, but not be dwarfed by a huge wall or cramped in a small area, and the furniture in proximity should be roughly the same size.

Pay attention to lighting
Consider if the art will receive enough light in the space. It is important to make sure that the artwork receives enough light to "shine," but be cautious of hanging the piece where it will receive prolonged direct sunlight, which can cause fading.

Match the art to the room
Art sets the tone of a room. Take note of whether the colors of the room complement the piece (and vice versa), and if the mood of the work fits the room. For example, an energetic abstract may look exciting in the living room but disruptive in the bedroom.

If you are considering displaying art in the bathroom or the kitchen, choose less precious pieces and adjust their height to avoid any damage, as these rooms present certain perils for art.

Determine the height for your piece
Determining the height of the artwork depends on a few factors: the walls in the room, the height of the furniture in the room, and the height of the viewer. A good starting point is 60 inches from the floor to the center of the piece; from there, adjust according to these factors. For example, if you have huge vaulted ceilings or tall furniture, raise the art. The most important things are to not crowd the art with furniture or the ceiling, and for it to be at your viewing height.

Once you determine the height, measure from the floor to the center of the art, for example 65". Then, turn the art around and measure from the center of the art up to the hanging wire, for example, 9". Add the two numbers together, 65+9 =74, and then put your screw in the wall at 74" from the floor. Your assistant will be very helpful for positioning the art while you measure, and then handing you the drill and screw.

Know the artwork's story
Every piece of art has a story. Always ask the gallery for a receipt, a certificate of authenticity, and any additional information they can share about the piece and the artist. The receipt and certificate will be useful if you ever need to insure or resell the work. Knowing more about the piece and the artist will strengthen your connection with the art and help you tell guests about your new artwork.

Alex Farkas is the Gallery Director and Co-Founder of, the leading curated online art that helps clients build their art collections with the ease of browsing online.


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