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Tips for the Right Size Art

Art by Bob Bayliss

he Room –  When picking art for any room Bigger is Better.  We can aid you in sizing your artwork.  You don’t want to buy it, and hang it,  only to discover your room still feels barren.  Take into account the amount of furniture that you have in a room, if it is sparse, then a large piece of artwork will fill up the visual field as furniture might.  Think about your ceilings are they high, voluminous, vaulted ceilings allowing for a grand painting, or low -where a shorter canvas height with landscape orientation might work best?  Just remember – to be on the safe side, GO BIG!

2.  The Wall – Well, of course, you will consider the wall, and you will probably measure it once or twice, but then what?  You need to think about two things here – of course, there are the overall dimensions of the wall,  but then you also need to think about the orientation.  In looking at the overall wall space dimensions your artwork should take up two-thirds to three-fourths of the wall.

3. Over Furniture or Mantels – Here is the rule of thumb when hanging over furniture like a sofa, table, fireplace mantle, etc.:  The art should be three-fourths the width of the furniture and hung 6″-12″ above the top.  It is that easy!

4.  Gallery Walls – Gallery walls are a fun, eye-catching way to fill a large space when you are drawn to more than one piece by the same artist when you find several prints or paintings within the same color palette which you’d like to group together or to display amazing photography in frames.  You can group together wall art which is all the same size, or create real visual interest by grouping together the art of varying sizes in one of many gallery layouts that you can find online.  Whichever layout you decide on for your gallery wall, lay the artwork out on the floor first, measure the total groupings height and width and make sure it follows the same guidelines above for filling up your space.

5. Just how tall do you think you are? – A close second in sizing mistakes to art being too small for the wall is art being hung much too high!  You need to think about this when determining the size of art to choose, any piece of art should be hung at the center point at eye-level.  Not with the bottom edge 6 feet off of the floor on an otherwise blank wall.  (If you are very short, or very tall, use the average 5’6″ person as a guideline.)