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In your teens and early 20s it was perfectly acceptable to stick or glue posters, photos, or basically anything else you wanted to your walls and call it decor. But as you age, your tastes can change – even when it comes to art.

You might want to take your living room to the next level and hang something framed on your wall. Great idea, but where exactly should you hang it? This is where the 57 inch rule comes into play. Here’s what you should know about this design trick, courtesy of Ashley Chalmers at The Spruce.

What is the 57 “rule?

As it turns out, designers and gallery owners often use 57 “as the standard measure of eye level. Some sort of math was done at one point, but now – regardless of whether it’s still (or ever) the average human eye – level – it is just one of those industry-wide standards that has caught on.

In case it wasn’t clear at the time, the 57-inch rule dictates that wall art and decor should be hung 57 “off the floor. Kristi Kohut, artist and founder, is watching Happy artexplained it The spruce:

“The 57-inch rule is a great standard for hanging art. This means the center of the artwork should be 57 inches off the floor and will help align the artwork at eye level. When used throughout the home, it can create balance and harmony between an art collection. “

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Not only do interior designers use it when decorating a client’s home, art galleries and museums often use the 57 inch rule too.

How to use the 57 “rule

While this decorating strategy is simple, there are a few things to know loudly once you are using it Chalmers:

  • The first time you hang something on the wall, you can start with the 57 inch rule.
  • The “rule” is actually quite flexible and can also be used as a basis. Plus, it’s not possible to hang murals on every type of wall, so sometimes you have to work with what you have – even if it means breaking the 57 inch rule.
  • Create a gallery wall? Use the 57 inch rule to place your anchor piece, then build the rest of the collection around it.
  • Take into account the size of the art in relation to the size of the room. Smaller items can often hang less than 57 “and will fit snugly.