Choose a painting and frame to complement the overall room decor. Its colors should complement the wall or bricks that surround it. Choose a painting that is the right scale, so it is not lost in a large space. If a larger size is not available, a smaller painting can be used with additional accents to overcome the extra space.
Mantles often force paintings be set higher than the standard 68-inch eye level. Leave 3 to 5 inches between the mantle and the bottom of the frame. To center the painting, measure the mantle and divide by two. If using more than one picture hanger, measure the distance from the center of the painting to determine where to place the hangers. When hanging the painting in an asymmetrical placement, the optimal placement is with the side 4 to 6 inches from the edge of the mantle.
There are many options for fasteners. If hanging the picture on a brick wall, use a plastic anchor in a hole drilled with the appropriately sized masonry bit. Picture hangers keep the picture more vertical than wire and eye hooks. Select the appropriately sized hanger for the size and weight of the painting.