Hang pictures correctly

Here are the most important rules for hanging pictures in your four walls.

  • A quiet background is optimal. A passe-partout should be used on patterned walls to highlight the motif.
  • A single image is more effective when combined with a piece of furniture, sofa or sideboard. A left- or right-justified suspension can be more exciting than a central one.
  • A picture group appears closed if the frames do not hang too far apart and are placed in such a way that at least one straight line emerges.
  • To make sure that the right picture hangs in the right place, you can only try it out: Place all frames on the floor and push them back and forth until you like the arrangement. Only then hang them up accordingly (picture frame, furniture: Ikea).

Single pictures

The wall for a single picture should not be too big, otherwise it looks lost. It is best to use a limited space, e.g. between two windows, or the reference to the interior. Over a low piece of furniture such as a sofa, sideboard or bed, a single, large-format picture is ideal, provided that the proportions are in keeping with it. To enhance its effect, do not place other images nearby and make sure it is at eye level. This, in turn, depends on the location: In the hallway, where one usually stands, pictures are hung higher than in the living room, where one usually sits. The wall colour also has an influence on the perception of the picture; it should not compete with the motif, passe-partout or frame.

Is it crooked? Why does one person accurately bring one picture to the wall with a spirit level and the other simply hits the nail where he likes it? Symmetry is familiar to us from nature. There is symmetry and harmony. In humans, the need for it is pronounced differently. How is it with you, do you bring everything into balance or let five be straight?

Picture series

Long walls become more attractive through rows. Several pictures of the same size unfold their charm side by side.

You can find fitting picture series for your home at http://www.aufleinwand.com/. We perceive them as a harmonious unit when they are all formed at the same height and the distances between the pictures are equal. If you also use identical frames, the impression of togetherness is intensified. Of course, you can also hang pictures of different sizes in a row.

But make sure that they are related to each other. This can be the top or bottom edge of the frames, alternatively align the images on an imaginary center line. A row of pictures can also be arranged vertically according to the same rules.

Vertical take-off plane

This series of pictures is based on an imaginary central axis, the edges of the frame are exactly finished. Here, a wall profile forms the structural specification for a vertical arrangement.

The best way is to follow the line

Images of different sizes line up to form a unit and adorn the wall behind the bed, for example, when their lower edges lie at the same height.

In ascending line

In the case of a staircase, the series of pictures organically follows the ascending steps. The distance from the floor to the lower edge of the picture is always the same.

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We’ll show you how to easily picture frames. You can also visit a museum to get yourself inspiration.


Whether large wall surfaces or small niches; picture groups can always be adapted to external conditions. A wall projection can become a gallery or a niche an exhibition of paintings. If you want to arrange pictures in different formats, you can align them with imaginary reference axes. These are vertical and horizontal lines along which the edges of the picture are aligned. The centre of such a group should always be a larger picture or a picture with an important motif. Medium and smaller formats are then placed around it. Such a group of pictures can continue to grow until the wall or niche appears well filled.

Ordered chaos

Vertical and horizontal axes bring structure to this picture wall from different formats. Thus the composition appears balanced. Beautiful link: fabrics as passepartouts.

Under and over

In this ensemble of water motifs, an imaginary horizontal line serves to align the lower and upper frame edges.


If all images in a group have the same size, the arrangement in an exact grid is the best solution. This means that the pictures are hung symmetrically in several rows with equal distances to the top and bottom as well as to the sides. Uniform frames are desirable with this type of hanging because they reinforce the impression of belonging together. If you want to set an original accent, you can have a frame out of the line in terms of colour. The motifs should also match in the grid hanging and form a logical unit either in colour or theme. With passe-partouts, motifs that are too large or too small can be easily adapted to the desired format.

Clear edge

Black-and-white photos in identical format have a great overall effect when presented as a compact group in a grid suspension. A coloured wall as background enhances the effect.

Thought frame

There is another method of stapling images of different sizes: they are organized in an imaginary outer frame. Typical are square or rectangular surfaces, but also a cross or a circle is conceivable. Within this outer frame, whatever you like is allowed. But pay attention to the distances: No picture should be hung too close to or far from another. TIP: Always try picture groups on the floor first: Use paint crepe to define the outer frame, arrange pictures, measure distances and positions, place them on the wall and only then drive in nails.

The square as the measure of things

Geometric shapes are familiar to us and are quickly recognized. Therefore the loose suspension of different formats to a square overall picture pleases.

Round thing

Even if the imaginary circle does not immediately catch the eye, it holds the motifs together in the arrangement and prevents the placements from appearing arbitrary. Funny: Here frame meets frame.