How to Find the Perfect Wall Art Size for Your Home
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.