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!




  • Faye Stewart

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

  • Faye Stewart

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

  • Jacqueline

    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

    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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