Centering art relative to furniture versus the wall

Painting off-centered on the wall

From time to time, we like to answer our readers’ questions on the blog to help out others who may be experiencing similar design problems. One of our readers recently asked:

Q:  “I want to hang a painting above a couch in my living room. My couch is off-centered due to the fact that one end table is bigger than the space that would be left if I centered the couch. How should I place the painting on the wall?  Should I center it relative to the couch or to the wall?”

A:  When hanging pictures, always hang them in relation to the furniture sitting below. With your couch off-centered, focus on hanging your painting right 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.

I hope this helps!

Liette Tousignant

Co-Founder of Under The Roof Decorating

P.S. If you have any questions about picture hanging, don’t hesitate to ask. We’d love to help you!


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