It isn't the height of the ceiling that determines where to hang pictures. Don't even worry about that.
Hang pictures at approximate eye level. And in general pictures look best when anchored by a piece of furniture, so hang the picture so that the it relates to the furniture piece.
What I mean by that is that if you are hanging something over the sofa, then hang the picture so that it feels like it is connected to the sofa, as part of an arrangement. Meaning the picture isn't "floating high in space", it is anchored to the sofa visually because there is only a smallish distance between the top of the sofa back and the bottom edge of the picture.
I agree regarding anchoring the art with furniture, but eye level can vary. Scale is important regarding art on a high and/or wide wall, but you can also opt to stack art on the vertical to draw the eye upward. The composition of the art should be large vs intricate. Optionally, other vertical groupings could be carvings, plaques, clocks, grillwork, sculptures, to name a few.
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We have really high ceilings in our living room. I center larger pieces at eye level ( in our house 65 inches from the floor) and then I layer up and around with decorative art that doesn't need to be as importantly featured.
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