How to center your art: with your furniture or the wall?

How to correctly center artwork on the wall is one of the most popular questions we get asked:

Q: I have a piece of furniture that is not located in the center of the wall. If I want to hang a piece of art above it, should the art be centered on the furniture or on the wall?

Aligning artwork with furniture or the wall

When hanging your pictures, always hang them in relation to the furniture sitting below. With your couch off-centered on the wall, focus on hanging your painting centered above the couch to create a great focal point for your living room. As you see in the bottom image, if you were to hang your piece centered with the wall, the entire furniture arrangement would look out of balance.

For more tips on hanging artwork above a sofa, check out this related blog post “Easy tips for hanging pictures above a couch”. Learn more about our Hang & Level™ picture hanging tool, and shop online at UTR Decorating.

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Reviews (5 comments)

  • Marta Santoro On

    Hi I recently moved to a smaller house and have many paintings that my husband insist to put them up on this wall regardless . They all are different in size and frames . Here is the wall space I have with a flat tv on the furniture and all these pics he put on the wall, that in my opinion they are all wrong , no style , no balance no nothing . Please help !

  • Kristy On

    What if the couch is approx. two feet from the wal!?

  • Faye Stewart On

    I have a queen panel headboard, what can I put over the headboard?

  • Jacqueline On

    I’m online looking for a similar answer as Pam. My bed is placed against the wall off center due to the opposite wall being the entryway and having closet, dresser and ensuite off on the same side. I have two pictures 32″ × 42 “. I do not want them centered above my bedframe. My walls are dark grey with a navy tinge, my walls are 9ft, bedframe is white and 42” high. Placing something centered over bedframe would look odd no matter how I can envision it; and create too much empty space around it. The pictures are white with black sketchings of nudes my mother made. I have decided I want them placed on either side of the bed and measuring to be centered at 5.7ft from the floor. This will place the bottom of the picture frames below the top of the bedframe by about 6". I am all good with this plan but the pictures have two kehole hardware and will be a first try at drilling holes and hanging 20lb artwork so I don’t want to mess up measurements. My concern is after hanging everything the right hand picture will end about 6" from the edge of the wall while the left side will end about 23 " from the other wall and doorway to ensuite. Worried when walking into the room it will all appear wonky.

  • Pam On

    I have two matching pics to hang in my bedroom. The space on each side of the bed is not the same and the headboard is located in front of a window. Should I center the picture on each side or in accordance to the window? Thanks!

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