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Just Moved to Utah? Expertly Hang Artwork and Curtains in Your New Home

When you move to Utah, one of the most exciting things to do is decorate. Decorating makes your home feel familiar and homey.  When guests come to welcome you to the area, you want to make sure that your decor represents who you are and brings you joy. However, before hanging anything on the walls, it is important to consider your ceiling height. The right placement of artwork and curtains can make a room look elegant, while incorrect placement can make everything look a bit off. In this blog, we will guide you through expertly the hanging curtains, artwork, and framed pictures based on the ceiling height in your new Utah home.

You’ve moved into your new Utah home! Congratulations! Let’s decorate!  The first thing to consider when hanging decor and curtains, is the height of your ceilings. Most Utah homes have either eight or nine-foot ceilings. If you’re moving to Utah, you might find that many homes have vaulted ceilings, which can be a challenge to decorate. For eight-foot ceilings, curtains should be hung at least five inches above the window frame, which gives the illusion of higher ceilings, and thus a larger room. Artwork and framed pictures should be hung at eye level, approximately 57 to 60 inches from the floor.

If you have nine-foot ceilings, you can hang your curtains higher, which will make the ceiling seem even higher. Hanging the curtains six inches above the window frame is a good rule of thumb. For artwork and framed pictures, you can hang them a little higher as well, around 63 to 66 inches from the floor. This will make the room appear more spacious and elegant.

You may find that ceiling heights are different throughout your home.  Many Utah homes have basements.  Basement ceiling heights are commonly lower than the ceiling height on the main level of your home.  Before moving into your Utah home,  note the height of the ceilings throughout the house.  This will help you consider ahead of time where large decor and artwork might fit.

Vaulted ceilings are a unique challenge when it comes to decorating. You want to fill the space without overwhelming it. For curtains, it’s best to hang them from the highest point of the ceiling where they meet the wall. This will make the room feel cozier while still incorporating the beauty of the high ceiling. When hanging artwork and framed pictures, it’s best to place them on the lower part of the wall, just above the furniture. If you place them too high, they will get lost in the vastness of the space.  This is especially true for modern, open concept houses.  

When it comes to hanging multiple frames or art pieces, it can be helpful to play around with different configurations.   If you have made a note of wall sizes and ceiling heights before your Utah move, you can consider ahead of time where these items will fit best and in what configuration.  You can try out gallery walls or even use shelves to display your artwork. For gallery walls, remember to place the center of the arrangement at eye level, with the frames spaced an equal distance apart. For shelves, use books to create height variations and mix in your favorite pieces for a personal touch.  This is the perfect way to let your personal style shine through.

One thing to keep in mind when hanging curtains, artwork, and framed pictures is to use the right tools. Choose the right hardware that can support the weight of the items you are hanging. Hardware should be placed into studs when possible, and anchors should be used if there are no studs available. Don’t forget to use a level to make sure everything is straight!

Moving to Utah and decorating your new home is a fun and exciting process.  To make the process smoother and more enjoyable, consider the ceiling height when hanging curtains, artwork, and framed pictures. By following the tips outlined in this blog, you’ll be able to create a beautifully arranged room that utilizes the space to its fullest potential.  With these tips in mind, you’re sure to create a space you’ll love for years to come. 


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