The Design Rules for Hanging Art Above a Fireplace

When it comes to hanging art above a mantel, what are the dos and don’ts? How high should you hang the work? Is one piece enough, and what’s the right color scheme? Read on for expert tips.

Do hang it high. As a general rule, art is hung at eye level to increase impact and visibility. However, art above the fireplace will often break this norm, allowing for a bold, unconventional choice. This statement piece almost clashes with the straight-edged, colorful style of the interior, but since it’s hung up high above a contemporary fireplace, it sets the tone of the room and adds to its character.