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Turn your Walls into a Canvas: A Practical Guide to Hanging Big Wall Art

Have you ever stood in front of a blank wall in your house and thought, "This space could really use a dramatic piece of art"? Have you been tempted by those massive, breathtaking canvases at the local gallery but felt overwhelmed at the thought of hanging such a beast? Well, folks, buckle up, because we're about to dive deep into the realm of wall decor.

To hang or not to hang – that is the question! And the answer, dear reader, is an emphatic YES. So, get ready to embrace your inner interior designer as we answer the pressing question: How to hang big wall art?

Selecting the Right Piece: Size Matters

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First things first, you need to select the right piece of art. Size is your starting point. Why? Simply because size matters when it comes to wall art. It determines how the piece will interact with the rest of your decor. Think of it as your canvas' footprint in the room, the space it occupies visually.

Remember, when dealing with big wall art, it’s important to balance it with the rest of the room’s decor. Don’t overwhelm the space. After all, you want to create a room that feels inviting and balanced, not like an art store that's holding a fire sale!

  • Know your dimensions: Measure the wall space where you want to hang your art. As a rule of thumb, aim for the art to occupy about two-thirds to three-fourths of the available wall space.
  • Think about the layout: Your art doesn't necessarily need to be centered on the wall. Consider hanging it off-center if it complements the rest of your furniture layout.

It's All About Placement

Hanging art is like choreographing a dance. Your furniture, wall decor, and room dimensions are your dancers, and their placement sets the stage for the perfect performance. Here's how to nail the placement for your big wall art:

  • The Rule of Thirds: A cornerstone of photography, the Rule of Thirds can also be your best friend when hanging wall art. Visualize your wall space divided into three equal parts, both vertically and horizontally. Your goal? Place the focal point of your art at the intersection of those lines.
  • Eye level is the level: On average, the center of your artwork should be 57-60 inches from the floor - which is typically at eye level for most people.

Tools of the Trade: What You Need

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Big wall art often means big weight, so proper tools and hardware are a must. You don’t want your precious piece crashing down at 2 AM, sending you into a heart-racing panic. Here's what you'll need:

  • Measuring tape: Precision is key!
  • Pencil: To mark drilling spots.
  • Level: No one likes a crooked painting.
  • Drill or Hammer: Depending on whether you're using nails or wall anchors.
  • Wall Anchors or Picture Hanging Hooks: Again, depends on the weight of your art piece.

The Step-by-Step Guide to Hanging Your Wall Art

The time has come to hang that magnificent canvas you’ve been staring at for weeks. Take a deep breath. You’ve got this.

Step 1: Measure twice. Drill once. Remember those pencil marks we talked about? Use your measuring tape to get the dimensions right and mark the spots.

Step 2: Test the weight. Before you commit to hanging, ensure your hardware can handle the weight of your art.

Step 3: Hang it up! Time to drill or hammer those wall anchors or hooks into place.

Step 4: Level it out. Use your level to ensure your artwork is straight.

Step 5: Step back and admire. You've just hung your big wall art. Now, enjoy the view!

What Other Decorations to Partner Your Big Canvas Print

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Your big canvas print is like the headliner at a concert – it commands attention and sets the tone. But just like any concert, your headliner needs a strong supporting act to put on a complete show. In your home, this can come in the form of various other decorations that complement your large canvas and help create a harmonious design. Let’s consider some of these home décor virtuosos.


Mirrors are a decorator's best friend. They're functional, and they can enhance your room by creating an illusion of space and reflecting light. Pair a decorative mirror with your canvas print to highlight and amplify the art.

Wall Sconces

Wall sconces add a touch of elegance and soft lighting to any room. Placed on either side of a canvas print, they can draw attention to your art and provide a balanced look.

Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are perfect for showcasing smaller decorative items. Adding a shelf below your canvas print gives you space to display complementary pieces like small sculptures, photos, or potted plants, adding layers and depth to your wall décor.

Indoor Plants

Plants can bring a breath of fresh air to your decor. Whether it's a tall indoor tree or a hanging plant, greenery adds a natural element that pairs well with most canvas prints.

Textured Wall Hangings

Consider adding a textured wall hanging to your decor. Macramé or woven tapestries can add a tactile element to your room that contrasts beautifully with the smooth surface of a canvas print.

Gallery Wall

Lastly, don't underestimate the power of a well-curated gallery wall. Mix and match your large canvas print with smaller pieces of art or photographs. It creates an eclectic, personal showcase that tells a unique story.

Personalized Signs: The Icing on the Decorative Cake

Now, let’s talk about the cherry on top - personalized signs. They are a delightful addition to any wall decor scheme and can complement your large-scale art pieces by adding a personalized touch. Whether it's a motivational quote, a family motto, or your favorite line from a book or movie, personalized signs add depth and context to your wall decor.

Remember, wall art and decor are an expression of your personality. Be bold, be creative, and most importantly, have fun with it!


Hanging big wall art is no small task, but with the right preparation and a touch of patience, it can be a rewarding project. Don't let the size intimidate you. Embrace the challenge, let your creative spirit shine, and turn that blank wall into your personal masterpiece.

And remember, for those looking to add a dash of personalization to their spaces, Tailored Canvases offers a wide selection of wall art, wall decor, and personalized signs to suit every taste and style.

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