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How to Find the Perfect Wall Art Size for Your Home

How to Find the Perfect Wall Art Size for Your Home

| Vera Gosic

Welcome to the world of wall art! Choosing the perfect size for your wall art can be challenging, as a print that is too small can make your room look empty, while a print that is too large can make the wall feel cramped. To choose the perfect size for your living room, bedroom wall, or office space, consider personal preference and budget for originals, limited editions, photography, or prints. I have put together a guide that includes standard sizes and tips for curating your space.

 

The Golden Rules of Wall Art

 

1. Selecting the Appropriate Size:


When deciding on artwork to hang over furniture, it's helpful to follow some general rules. For a single piece, target a width ranging from 57% to 75% of the furniture's width. Opting for artwork that spans approximately two-thirds of the furniture's width is ideal for dining areas or above sofas. In areas like hallways or staircases, consider vertical pieces that complement the height of the space.

For example, if your sofa is 90 inches wide, the recommended width for artwork would be between 51 and 67 inches. This can be calculated by dividing the sofa width by 57% and 75%.

90 × 0.57 = 51.3inches  and   90 × 0.75 = 67.5inches

The recommended artwork size for a queen-sized bed is between 34 and 45 inches in width.

 

2. Eye-Level Rule:

 

Position your artwork at eye level, typically between 57 to 60 inches from the floor, offering optimal viewing, whether standing or seated. In rooms with ceilings under 8 feet, divide the wall into four equal sections horizontally and hang artwork in the third section from the bottom, creating a sense of spaciousness.

When arranging multiple pieces with varying heights, align their middles for a cohesive and balanced appearance.

For staircases, consider hanging artwork every third step to achieve a dynamic diagonal effect, adding visual interest to your staircase.

Galleries typically hang paintings at a height ranging from 57 to 60 inches from the floor to the center of the artwork.  Placing artwork at this height encourages a more intimate and immersive viewing experience, enhancing the connection between the viewer and the piece.

 

3. Above Furniture:

When placing art above furniture such as sofas or beds, maintain balance by leaving 6 to 8 inches between the top of the furniture and the bottom of the artwork. 

 

4. Deciding Between Gallery Wall vs. Statement Piece

 

Deciding between a gallery wall or a single piece of artwork can significantly influence your space's visual impact. A gallery wall adds depth and personality, showcasing a diverse range of artwork. Conversely, a single piece makes a bold statement, drawing focus to a particular piece. Consider your style, space size, and desired ambiance when choosing. Both options offer opportunities to express creativity and enhance your home's aesthetic appeal.

Determine what you want the focal point of your wall to be, and how you want to arrange your artwork. If you want to create a gallery wall, it's recommended to use smaller pieces that can cover the same amount of space as a larger, single piece. Divide your wall into sections and decide whether you want one large piece or several smaller ones. Don't forget to consider the available space as well. These guidelines for measurement apply regardless of your preference.Space pieces 2-4” apart. And, be sure to take those spaces into account when calculating the total width!

 

5. Pick a Focal Point

 

When choosing art for your space, it's crucial to pick a focal point that captures attention and sets the tone for the room. Whether it's a striking painting, a captivating sculpture, or a gallery wall curated around a central theme, the focal point serves as the anchor that ties the space together. It creates a visual focal point that draws the eye and sparks conversation, adding personality and depth to your decor. By selecting a focal point that resonates with your style and complements the overall aesthetic of the room, you can create a cohesive and inviting atmosphere that leaves a lasting impression.

 

6. Try before you buy

 

To ensure that you buy the right piece of art for your space. It's a good idea to make a rough sketch of the item's size on your wall before purchasing. To accomplish this, you may use masking tape or sheets of paper. After you've done this, step back and take a look at the sketch or leave it on your wall for a day or two. This will give you a clear sense of the size of your space and help you determine whether you've made the right choice.

 

7. Trust yourself

 

Sometimes, you'll just know when something looks perfect. Even though there aren't strict rules for it, trusting your gut is super important when making a space look amazing.
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Tips:

  • When looking to purchase artwork, it's a great idea to consider buying from the same artist. Each artist has their own unique style that is reflected in their pieces. A bunch of tiny paintings or framed images will look great together.
  • You have a variety of options when it comes to wall art, including popular sizes from 8x10 to 24x36 inches.
  • If you have limited space, buy three identical pieces and arrange them vertically.

 

Standard art sizes in inches

Small Wall Art Sizes

Medium Wall Art Sizes

Large Wall Art Sizes

8″ x 10″

16″ x 16″

20″ x 28″

10″ x 10″

16″ x 20″

20″ x 30″

11″ x 14″

18″ x 24″

24" x 24"

12″ x 12″

20″ x 20″

24″ x 36″

12″ x 16″

20″ x 24″

36″ x 48″

13" x 19"

and up

 

 

wall art size guide bedroom

Art size for twin bed   22-30” wide.

Art size for full bed  30-41” wide.

Art size for queen bed  34-45” wide.

Art size for king bed  43-57” wide.

 

wall art size guide for a living room and kitchen 

Art size for  96” sofa, get 54-72” art.

Art size for 72” sofa, get 41-54” art.

Art size for 60” table,  get 34-45” wide.

For art above a fireplace, match the width of the art to the width of the fireplace opening.

 

With these guidelines in mind, selecting the perfect wall art size becomes a breeze. Whether you're aiming for a bold statement or subtle elegance, finding the right proportions ensures your space reflects your unique style and personality. Happy decorating!

 

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