With Art, Size Matters

Art has the power to transform any space, adding beauty, personality, and a sense of uniqueness. Whether you’re an art enthusiast or just beginning to explore the world of artwork, choosing the right-sized art for your space is crucial. It not only enhances the visual appeal but also creates a harmonious balance that complements the overall aesthetics of your room. Choosing the right size can be a bit tricky, but here are a few pointers to help you select the perfect piece for any space.

GHOST WRITER by Anthony Liggins hanging on wall between elevators
GHOST WRITER by Anthony Liggins, Mixed media 90″ x 30″, $7500

Consider the Wall Space

Before diving into the world of art, take a moment to assess the available wall space in your room. The size of the wall will influence the size of the artwork you should choose. A large, empty wall can accommodate a larger, statement piece, while smaller walls may require a more compact or medium-sized artwork. Keep in mind that you don’t want the art to overpower the space or get lost amidst other decorative elements.

Proportions and Scale

Achieving a balanced look is crucial when selecting art for your space. Consider the scale and proportions of the room and the furniture within it. For example, if you have high ceilings or spacious furniture, opt for larger artwork that can fill the visual space without overwhelming it. Conversely, in smaller rooms or spaces with lower ceilings, smaller to medium-sized artworks might be more suitable. Aim for a harmonious visual balance between the artwork and the surrounding elements.

Measure the wall space where you plan to hang the art. Take into account any furniture that will be placed underneath it, such as a sofa or bed. A general rule of thumb is to choose a piece that is approximately two-thirds to three-fourths the width of the furniture below it. This creates a visual balance and prevents the art from overpowering the furniture.

Purpose and Impact

Think about the purpose you want the art to serve in your space. Are you looking for a statement piece that becomes the focal point of the room? Or do you prefer a collection of smaller artworks to create a gallery wall effect? Identifying the purpose will help you determine the appropriate size. A large, captivating artwork can serve as a striking centerpiece, while a series of smaller artworks can add depth and visual interest.

BLUE MOON by Haleh Mashian, Mixed media on canvas 72″ x 72″, $8500

Room Function and Viewing Distance

Consider the function of the room where the artwork will be displayed. Will it be viewed up close, such as in a study or reading corner? Or will it be seen from a distance, like in a living room or hallway? The viewing distance will influence the size of the art. For close viewing, you can opt for smaller, intricate pieces that invite detailed observation. On the other hand, if the artwork will be viewed from a distance, larger artworks with bold colors and striking compositions can make a powerful impact.

Think about the focal point of the room where the art will be hung. Is there a fireplace, a piece of furniture, or an architectural feature like a bay window or a high ceiling that could serve as a natural focal point? If so, the art should be scaled accordingly. For example, if the focal point is a large fireplace, choose a piece that is at least two-thirds the width of the mantel.

Personal Preference and Style

Ultimately, selecting the right-sized art is a subjective decision. Consider your personal taste and the overall style of your space. Do you lean towards minimalist and understated aesthetics or prefer bold and eclectic designs? Your personal preference and style should guide your choice of artwork. Remember that art is an expression of your personality, so trust your instincts and select something that resonates with you.

Choosing the right-sized art for your space is an art form in itself. By considering factors such as wall space, proportions, focus, purpose, room function, and personal style, you can ensure that the artwork enhances your space, creates visual harmony, and reflects your unique taste. Whether you opt for a large, captivating statement piece or a carefully curated collection of smaller artworks, let your chosen art breathe life into your surroundings, sparking joy and inspiration for years to come.



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