Fully transparent moment: I have this thing with wall décor.
I like to think that, over time, I slowly realize where things should be hung and so I move them (and by “I move them”, I mean my wonderful husband joyfully rehangs things where and when I ask him to). But my husband thinks I just get bored easily and want to change things up for a fresh look. I’ll let you be the judge :).
Either way, we find ourselves doing a LOT of hanging – especially since we built and moved into our house this year! We spent a lot of time hanging everything from light fixtures, to wall decorations, to curtain rods…you name it.
I’ve had multiple friends recently text me and ask for my “rules of hanging”. And since I myself have spent extensive time Googling, Pinteresting, and then testing these “rules” out, I thought I would share my preference and recommendations on the height for hanging things!
With all this said, there are certainly varying opinions on these heights, so find what you think looks best and go with that!
Most people recommend somewhere between 57-62″ from the floor to the center of the decoration or frame. My personal preference is for wall decor to be hung 61″ from the floor to the center of the piece.
Some say 3″ above the window, some say 6″ and some say 10″. My preference is 4″ above the window (as long as that doesn’t make the rod flush with the ceiling). The trick is to have them hanging a good distance above the window to create height in the room. If you don’t want to bother measuring it all out, a good rule of thumb is to hang the rod halfway between the ceiling and the top of the window.
In this photo, they are 4″ above the window, with a 9′ ceiling.
As for the distance from either side of the window, this again has varying views. I’ve read opinions ranging from 3″ to 13″. My personal preference is 1′ from either side of the window. This positioning puts most of the curtain covering the wall, versus the window allowing for more light to come in, and a much better view!
Dining fixture: The bottom of the chandelier should be 66″ from the floor, or the bottom of the light fixture should be 30″ from the top of the table.
Island fixture: Between 30-36″ from the countertop to the base of the pendant. Ours are 34″, simply because they are large!
Hallway/bedroom fixture: At least 7′ from the floor to the bottom of the light fixture.
I will be the first to admit I do not follow this rule in bedrooms! Both our daughter’s rooms have a chandelier that my husband comes dangerously close to walking into, especially if he wears shoes in the house! And this is simply because I love a sweet chandelier in a little girl’s room, and that was more valuable to me than following the “rules”!
There you have it! The “rules” I live by when hanging things in our home. Please remember I am by no means a professional interior designer! This information is based off of reading many different individuals advice, and my personal preference when testing them out.
I would love to hear if you have any questions, varying height preferences or if there is anything I didn’t include that you wish I did!