Updated: Dec 31, 2019
Deciding on what art will go in your home is a very important decision. Something that a lot of people struggle with when buying art is deciding on the correct size of art for their space. There are several things to consider when choosing art, but size and placement are some of the most important things to think about. Art is an investment, and it’s something you can have for a lifetime. That’s why it’s important to make sure the art you choose perfectly fits your space. So what really goes into sizing art? We’ve put together this guide to help you choose the right size of art for your home.
Wall art comes in a variety of sizes ranging from mini (under 10 inches) to oversized (41”+). A common mistake that people make is they choose art that is way too small for their space. If you like smaller art pieces, consider creating a gallery wall, so you can still fill the space and have a balanced wall.
Something you also need to consider is the orientation of the art. Portrait or Landscape? Portraits are great for narrow walls, like above a fireplace, while landscapes are perfect for longer walls, such as above a sofa.
How big is the wall you want to hang your art on? Is it large and spacious like above a sofa or in the hallway? Or is it a small space? Be sure to actually measure, so you don’t end up with a piece that’s too small. Don’t be afraid to fill the space.
Placement is so important. You want to be able to enjoy the art you just purchased, and another common mistake is that people hang their art way too high. When you are placing your art, your eyes should be in line with the center of the piece. Common placements of art include above the sofa, fireplace, dining table, or bed and along a hall or stairway. If hanging above furniture, a good rule of thumb is to hang it at least 6” up from the furniture.
This infographic from Nations Photo Labs is a great reference to help you decide size and placement of your wall art.