HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZE ARTWORK FOR A SPACE
When picking art for any room, bigger artworks always look better. Take into account the amount of furniture that you have in a room – if it is sparse, then a large piece of artwork will fill up the visual field as furniture might. Think about your ceilings – if they are high, voluminous, vaulted ceilings allowing for a grand piece of art. If they are low, a shorter image height with landscape orientation might work best. Just remember: to be on the safe side, go big! This is especially true if buying modern, contemporary art. Bigger is definitely better to maximize the statement it makes in the room.
Consider the overall dimensions of the wall, and also think about the orientation. Tall, narrow walls will work best with art of a similar shape, created in a portrait, or vertical orientation, while horizontal wall spaces (often found over sofas, in a hallway, etc.) work best with landscape-oriented artwork. When looking at the overall dimensions of the wall, your artwork should take up two-thirds to three-fourths of the wall.
Over Furniture or Mantels
The rule of thumb when hanging over furniture like a sofa, table, fireplace mantle, etc. is that the art should be three-fourths the width of the furniture and hung 15-30cm above the top. It is that easy! Of course, it doesn’t need to be exact, sometimes an off-centre piece brings wonderful visual interest to a wall, but when in doubt, fall back on that rule!
Gallery Walls, or ‘Salon-Style’ Hanging- Gallery walls are a fun, eye-catching way to fill a large space. When you are drawn to more than one piece by the same artist, when you find several pieces within the same colour palette which you’d like to group together, or to hang an eclectic grouping of images, this can be a great option. You can group together art which is all the same size or create real visual interest by grouping together art of varying sizes in one of many gallery layouts that you can find on our website. Whichever layout you decide on for your gallery wall, lay the artwork out on the floor first, measure the total grouping’s height and width and make sure it follows the same guidelines above for filling up your space.
A close second in sizing mistakes to art being too small for the wall is art being hung much too high. Consider this when determining the size of art to choose. Any piece of art should be hung with the centre point at eye-level unless it is going above a piece of furniture. Again, don’t be afraid to fill up that space!
Launched in Berlin in early 2000s, LUMAS is a worldwide gallery dedicated to making quality art more accessible for everyone. Now with over 40 galleries worldwide, there are two in Australia. With a strong focus on photography, LUMAS has a wide range of limited edition pieces to suit any taste, style and budget. Art is available for purchase online as well as from the gallery. For more information, please visit au.lumas.com.