5 Tips When Choosing Art For Your Space

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So you’ve finally signed all the paperwork for that perfect apartment, house or condo? Just finished moving in all the furniture, unpacking all the boxes, and even hung all the curtains. Then you look up at the walls and realize — you have no idea how to choose the right size artwork for your space! 

Adding wall art is one of the simplest upgrades to add more style and sophistication to your home in a flash… okay, maybe not so simple.

The Bottom Line...

Wall art is very effective when it comes to making a home beautiful and appealing.

People hang wall art in their spaces for lots of reasons – for some, it’s the beauty of the art, while for others, it’s the feeling that the art inspires.

But the reasons for choosing art for the walls in your space will count for nothing; if the art does not look good in your space.

To tell you the truth, wall art that doesn’t fit into the theme or style of your space can undermine its overall appeal.

For this reason, it is imperative that you have the right size and type of art in your space. Despite the fact that there are no ironclad guidelines in place for beautifying your home with art, you still need to ensure that you don’t pick art that would look tacky in your space.

That’s why we have carefully mapped out the following set of instructions – to help you pick the right size art for your space.

By following these instructions carefully, you’ll be able to choose wall art that would draw the vierwer’s eyes inward, and pull your space together, while at the same time make your space feel more appealing.

But before we dive into how to choose the right size wall art, here is a piece of advice for all art lovers (you probably won’t hear this from an art showroom attendant).

When you are choosing wall art for your space, don’t forget to choose what you like and enjoy!

Keep in mind that this wall art will be in your space for a long, long time. When choosing art for walls in your space, here a few things that would drive your purchasing decision…

5 Things To Consider

1. The Distance Between Your Floors And Ceiling

Wall art comes in all different sizes. In fact, saying that there are a plethora of wall art sizes out there would be an understatement. If the height of your home (from the floors to the ceiling) is considerably small, you have to get wall art that suits the height of your room.

Nevertheless, bigger is usually always better when you are choosing artwork for walls in your home, or utilizing a collage or assortment of many smaller pieces.

Keep in mind that a wall art that goes with your home décor style would also be better suited for your spaces. For instance, if you have adopted a farmhouse style décor for your space, it would bode well for you to pick wall art that goes with the farmhouse style.

In this case, wall art that looks retro might be the perfect piece for your space versus a modern contemporary piece.

Just make sure the artwork is centralized on your wall, and it’s at eye level. Where anyone that walks into your space can easily appreciate the art. 

Keep in mind that you want people to see and appreciate this artwork in your space. It would be difficult to appreciate an artwork that you’ll have to strain your eyes to see.

If the frames you have on your gallery wall are small, it might be a good idea to go big on your wall art. On the other hand, if you all already have big frames in your gallery wall that you can’t relocate to somewhere else, you can go for a smaller piece of artwork.

2. The Theme Of The Wall

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In the event that you have a blank area that you want to fill around a particular idea or theme, wall art that goes with the theme (both in design and dimension) would be the best fit for your space.

On the off chance that you are hanging the art on a gallery wall, you have to choose wall art that would complement the existing frames on the wall perfectly.

3. The Color And Dimensions Of Your Walls

Many things make a home beautiful, but the color of the walls are arguably the most obvious of them all. Needless to say that most artworks that we have in the world today owe a good percentage of their beauty and appeal to the palette of colors that comprise them.

When choosing art for walls in your home, you have to choose art that would complement the color on your wall without overshadowing the wall itself.

As a rule of thumb, you shouldn’t hang a piece of art that takes up more than three-quarters of the available space on your wall.

However, there is a huge difference room-color palette and art-color palettes.

While your color matching options are somewhat limited with room-color palettes, your color matching options are almost limitless when it comes to artwork color palettes.

You need to choose wall art that will align with the orientation of your walls as well, and it would be at the center point of the colors on your wall.

4. What Would The Art Be Hanging Over?

Many things make a home beautiful, but the color of the walls are arguably the most obvious of them all. Needless to say that most artworks that we have in the world today owe a good percentage of their beauty and appeal to the palette of colors that comprise them.

When choosing art for walls in your home, you have to choose art that would complement the color on your wall without overshadowing the wall itself.

As a rule of thumb, you shouldn’t hang a piece of art that takes up more than three-quarters of the available space on your wall.

However, there is a huge difference room-color palette and art-color palettes.

While your color matching options are somewhat limited with room-color palettes, your color matching options are almost limitless when it comes to artwork color palettes.

You need to choose wall art that will align with the orientation of your walls as well, and it would be at the center point of the colors on your wall.

5. Measurements And Proportions.

No doubt, choosing the RIGHT SIZE art for your space is a daunting task. So how exactly do YOU choose the RIGHT SIZE wall art?

Here are two options:

Method #1) The technical way (warning, involves a little math!) …preferred method Isaiah uses.

Method #2) The non-technical way …aka good old fashion “eyeballing” ..preferred method for the more artsy types, such as myself.

Method #1 : Technical

First, grab a pen and paper, because you’ll need to put some figures together if you want to do this the technical way.

  1. Measure the width and length of the area you want to fill

  2. Now, multiply both values (length and width) by 0.50 and 0.75. In this way, the art would cover one quarter (1/4) to three quarters (3/4) of the blank area on your wall.

  3. If you are hanging the art above a piece of furniture, give it room to breathe by hanging it at least 6 -12 inches above the furniture.

  4. From the 12-inch mark above the furniture, measure until your hands extend another 12 to 24 inches above your eye level. That should be the maximum height of your wall art.

  5. Put all the figures together. Subtract the area from the floor up to the “breathing room” line that you have provided for your art (6-12-inches from the height of nearest furniture). Now subtract away the away not being covered by the art (should be 1/4 to 3/4 left over. Consequently, you would end up with an imaginary “frame of reference” on your wall to place your art into. Just make all pieces are hung level and you are good to go!

Method #2: Non-Technical

1. Alternatively, you can just eyeball the space that takes up one quarter (1/4) to three quarters (3/4) of the blank area on your wall your wall.

2. Keep in mind:

  • Distance between floors and ceilings
  • Theme of the wall
  • Color & general dimensions
  • What the art would be hanging over

3. If you are hanging the art above a piece of furniture, give it room to breathe by hanging it at least 6 -12 inches above the furniture.

4. Generally, your wall art should hang at your eye level or a little above your eye level.

5. Keep speculating with your eyes, making minor adjustments and taking a few steps back each time. Ensure that your art occupies somewhere between one half or three quarters of the blank area on your wall, sits at a comfortable eye level and isn’t crooked.

The Results

The results you obtain from this simple math (or guided eyeballing) is actually the right size of art for your space!

Combine all 5 of the elements to consider:
1. The distance between your floors and ceiling
2. The theme of the wall
3. The color and dimensions of your walls
4. What would the art be hanging over?
5. Measurements and Proportions.

You should be in pretty good shape for adding the perfect pieces of artwork to polish off any of your living spaces.

Good luck and thanks for reading!

sdr

” I believe in embracing “Art in All Forms”. Art is all around us, and sometimes you just need to slow down and take a closer look. Art carries many stories and has always been an integral part of human history. It is continuously evolving, changing and adapting to the world around it—Just like human beings, or any other living organism.

I created this blog to build a community to help budding and experienced artists connect, grow and create together. It’s a place where artists can learn and share information, and to keep art meaningful in there lives. Whether it’s going to a museum to observe art, tips on how to improve one’s skills, or simply answer the question, “Where do I even start?”

During my studies, I chose to hone and refine my skills through constant learning, experimentation and practice. I have over 10 years of experience, with a background in painting, sculpture, printmaking, art history and architecture. Recently, I have started to explore photography as well.

I truly believe that we are all born artists and simply forgot…it is never too late to re-start, it is never too late to remember that you are already an artist.”

— Mirsada Simon

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