Any designer will tell you there needs to be a focal point in the room. It could range from an amazing light fixture, a textured wall or most common an eye-catching piece of art. The task for determining the right piece of art can be daunting. You have to consider a few factors when choosing that perfect piece, from the colour, style, size to the perfect placement.
Tips for choosing the right size art for your room
~The Room ~
I can say without hesitation, bigger is better!
One of the biggest mistakes I see is people tend to choose wall art that is much too small for the room.
Take into account the furniture you have, the placement of the furniture. If the furniture is sparse, you can hang a massive piece of art. Also consider your ceilings are they vaulted, high or low.
If the ceilings are high or vaulted you can invest in a massive art piece.
If the ceilings are low you might want to consider a landscape orientation of the art.
If you are buying Modern art, you really should invest in a large-scale piece to really maximize it’s statement.
You will have measured the wall a bazillion times wondering what is the right size the right size piece for that wall. Keep in mind two major points, the wall size and the orientation of the art. You will notice most horizontal shape art work best over the sofa or in the hallway. Portrait size art looks best on tall narrow walls.
The key point to remember is the art should take up two-thirds to three-quarters of the wall.
Go big baby, go big.
~Over the Mantel over the Furniture ~
Here is rule I follow, the art should be three-quarters the width of the furniture and or mantle and hang it 6-12 inches above the top of the furniture and or mantle. Hey it’s ok if it is not right in the middle. I have noticed other designers hang off-center and that is a sharp cool visual but when in doubt follow the old tried and tested rule I have given you.
~Hanging the Art ~
A big old no no is hanging the art too high. Any piece of art should be hung with the center point at eye level. I had a client once that was 5 ft 2 inches and I knew I couldn’t follow the standard rule. So if you are in that category follow the average person height of 5 ft 6 inches.
I can’t say enough about art, it is essential to the finish look of a room. I hope these few tips have been helpful.
Again, don’t be afraid to go big and don’t rush your purchase. If it is original art you are investing in take your time, explore many artists and see and feel what resonates with you. There are so many talented local artists and each of them would be honored to know their work is part of your home.