Having worked with our collectors over the years, we know there are so many factors on your mind when deciding on an artwork to invest in. One of the main questions that comes up is: How do I choose the right size?
When choosing an artwork size for your space, here are a few pointers to consider:
1. Choose Your Wall
If you have a glaring empty wall that has been clearly telling you it needs to be filled, skip down to number 2. But perhaps you have fallen in love with an artwork or style of artwork and need to decide where exactly you will be hanging it. When assisting collectors, we keep two factors in mind when helping choose a wall:
a) Matching Proportions - If you have your eye on a specific artwork, what are its proportions? You should look for a wall in your home that will fit the specific proportions well (For example: if it is a vertical artwork, you should be looking for a vertical wall where the height is greater than the width)
b) Visibility - Where will you be able to see the artwork most? Once you have art on your walls, you want to be sure you have the ability to appreciate it and let it inspire you on a daily basis!
2. Measure Your Wall
Once you have chosen the right spot for your new artwork, it is important to get the right measurements. Measure from one end of the wall to the other to get the dimensions of the width, and from the floor to ceiling to get the height. We recommend not including any moulding/crowns in your measurements. If there is an existing art piece on the wall, take the measurements of that for reference as well. As a general rule of thumb, we recommend filling your wall with a size that is between 60% - 75% of the total measurements.
3. Keep in Mind the Correlating Furniture
When hanging artwork above or near a piece of furniture, you will want to correlate the size and placement to create balance and harmony in your room. We take into account two main factors:
a) Placement - We typically advise our collectors to center their art pieces over the furniture as opposed to centering it on the entire wall.
b) Proportions - Take a measurement of the size of your furniture and keep in mind that the artwork should not be significantly smaller or larger.
4. Break the Rules
It’s your home and your space - make sure you are happy. Decorating is time to be creative, so don’t be afraid to express yourself. If you want to hang a piece 3x larger than your sofa, as long as you love it, do it!
5. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
Artwork is an investment in your space that you deserve to love for many years to come. Today's technology allows for virtually hanging the art in your space to help visualize the options. If you would like to take advantage of this tool and our complimentary personal advising on your space, go ahead and schedule a consultation (no purchase commitment required!)
So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and grab your measuring tape and let's get started elevating your space.