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How to pick the perfect artwork size

 

Posters are a great way to spruce up any room and add a personal touch to your home decor. Whether you’re looking for something creative, elegant, or just plain fun, find out how to choose the  perfect artwork size for your home with this essential guide!

 

 

Do the maths

 

Your artwork should take up two-thirds of the wall.  When deciding on a poster to place in your home, consider the wall space you have available. Wall art should take up 60%- 70% of the available wall space, meaning the blank space that isn’t covered by furniture. For example: If you have a blank wall above the couch that is 2 meters wide and 3 meters tall, the ideal width of the canvas would be 1.3 m. and the ideal height 2 m. If you are looking to hang an artwork above a piece of furniture—such as your couch, headboard, or dresser—follow the same proportions and find a work two-thirds smaller than your furniture. 

Not fond of extra huge artworks or just want to incorporate your smaller, favorite paintings into your new decoration? Then go for a composition of two or three smaller paintings or consider creating your own gallery wall. Meaning, in the example above you may select two paintings, each measuring 50 x 70 cm.

 

 

 

 

 

Go big or go home

 

When in doubt, go big.  If you’re purchasing a piece of art and you are on the fence about whether to go with the smaller or bigger dimension, it’s usually better to lean on the larger side. The goal is to create a focal point that complements your space without standing out or overpowering it. Think about the artwork as the link that connects your furniture together and set the atmosphere: the couch, tables, lamps, plants. Too small can feel off and underwhelming, too big… Well, there’s no such thing as too big. You cannot have too much cozy vibes, right? This is especially true if buying modern, contemporary art, bigger is definitely better to maximize the statement. 

 

 

 

 

 

Create space

 

The spacing between two or three artworks depends on their size. For large pieces of art make sure they are hanging 20-30 cm apart. Small paintings and posters look lovely with 5-10 cm space between them.

 

 

 

Stand  tall

 

Set up the artwork at eye level.  Alternatively, the painting’s center should be 1.5 meters away from the floor. If you’re placing an artwork work above of a piece of furniture, be sure to leave 20-30 centimeters between them. If you’re placing an artwork work above of a piece of furniture, make sure it has space to breathe by hanging it 20-30 centimeters above the furniture’s top.

 

 

Young woman hanging a frame on the wall

 

 

Align with intention

 

To create a cohesive space align your artworks with each other and any nearby objects. Let me share a secret with you. If something feels off in your space but you cannot pinpoint what it is, it’s probably the alignment. Alignment even between the smaller parts of a space creates balance and gives off a gratifying feeling that professionally decorated spaces reflect. First things first, go for the big and obvious. The painting is hanging next to the window? Line up the top of the painting with the top of the window. Then pay attention to the fixed parts of the space and the small, ‘ugly’ details. At the end of the day, they are part of your home’s decoration – a very important one, as they cannot move or change. For example, is  your artwork placed next to a light switch? Work with it and line up the artwork with the switch. 

 

 

 

 

Visualise it

Found the perfect space for your artworks but still can’t decide on the perfect size? Take some time to visualize your new space. Use a masking tape and draw an outline of the paintings you’re planning to place on your wall,. Would a landscape orientation be better? Maybe two smaller paintings work better with the rest of your decoration? Explore every option before making up your mind and proceeding to a purchase.  If you feel you could use some help, feel free to contact us at info@lolacultura.com.

 

 

 

Go big:

 

  • High ceiling spaces
  • The decoration is minimal 
  • Every time you are between two sizes
  • To make a statement and create a focal point

 

 

Go small:

 

  • Creating a gallery wall.
  • Creating a cozy corner
  • Compositions of multiple paintings
  • For narrow spaces (hallway, wall up the stair etc.)
  • Display art on a piece of furniture (i.e. on a shelf, mantle, bookcase)