Have you ever been to someone’s home or apartment and felt like something in the room was a little “off?” (I don’t mean the people, I mean the furniture and/or wall decor.)
It might be because there was something wrong with either the size of the furniture or of the artwork.
I was in a chiropractor’s office recently, and I could tell how tall the chiropractor was just by where he had hung the artwork.
Don’t want to make those mistakes at your home or office? Follow these fool-proof guidelines, and you will show the world how size really matters! ;-)
Measure the Space
One of the biggest sins of people’s choice of artwork is that it is out of scale with the room. Usually, it’s way too small. If you measure the wall space for where your artwork will be hanging, the art should be a size that is pleasing to the eye. If you are hanging it between 2 doorways, it should be about half to two-thirds the width of that space. 2/3 is a ratio that is very pleasing to the eye.
Think of this next time you need to buy a coffee table. Is it 2/3 the length of the sofa? Then you’re on the right track.
2. Consider the Wall Height
You would never purchase tiny artwork if you have vaulted ceilings. Again, think scale. Tiny pictures would look ridiculous in a room with vaulted ceilings, just as a huge 12’ x 12’ canvas piece would look nuts in a small apartment.
3. Consider the Furniture
If you are looking to place art over a sofa or console table, think in terms of the 2/3 rule. You can actually create the illusion of using 2/3 of the width of the sofa by using 2 or 3 pieces of framed artwork side by side over a sofa. Also, if you like to do a photo collection, you can use that same rule of thumb. (See slideshow below.)
4. Consider the Location (near a reading chair? Over a sofa?)
Placing artwork over a sofa or headboard has a rule of thumb for width, but if it is near a reading chair, you can get by with smaller pieces and in smaller groupings.
Consider mirrors to be artwork, as well. I can see 2 to 3 tall mirrors over a sofa in a room with a high vaulted ceiling.
6. Gallery Walls
Gallery walls are fun, and you can use artwork of different sizes to create the illusion of one larger piece of artwork. Keep the 2/3 rule in mind when arranging these, and your gallery wall will look perfect. More details on how to hang gallery walls can be found in our blog post here.
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