Have you ever moved into a new home or decided to redecorate and become lost when trying to determine what size artwork or picture you should put and where?
Ever spend all day hanging artwork, just to get finished and realize it looks like a 2-year old hung it? Ever wonder what the right size for artwork is hanging over the sofa? Then this guide is for you!
If possible, buy your artwork or prints directly from the artist. This will typically cut out the middleman pricing (saving you money) and many use apps (such as me) that will allow them to take a picture of your wall and furniture (or you can send it to them) and then digitally place the artwork on the wall in different sizes.
An example that I created for one of my clients using such an app, is below. The picture located above the fireplace is one of my originals and can be bought off of my Fine Art Photography website!
If you are not buying artwork from an artist that uses a digital mockup of your space to help you determine the size of the print or artwork you should buy, then here are 5 tips the pro’s use:
The artwork should be roughly 2/3 the width of the furniture piece. – Don’t put an 8×10 or 11×14 over a sofa! It will look ridiculous, unless of course, it is part of a larger collage. If you’re hanging a collage, the same principle applies.
The bottom of the frame should be 8-10 inches above the furniture piece you are hanging it above. – You don’t want a lot of blank space showing between the top of the furniture and the bottom of the artwork.
Hallways & Other Area Walls
Hang it so it is at eye level which is roughly 57-60 inches from the floor. No one wants to break their neck trying to look at the beautiful piece, plus visitors (and yourself) will be more drawn towards anything that is at eye level (it’s just natural).
Stay consistent with the mid-point (the height in which you hang your artwork). By midpoint, I mean where the middle of your artwork hangs. If you are hanging multiple pieces together that are different sizes, choose a midpoint height on the wall and align all pieces with that height. This does not apply to collage’s, however, the midpoint of the collage should be the same midpoint height of all the other artwork pieces in your home (eye level).
For artwork that is jumbo size (taller than 120 inches) don’t hang at eye level, instead, have the bottom edge a foot from the floor. – The reason behind this is that the midpoint of the artwork will be at eye level.
Looking for Artwork?
If you are looking for artwork to hang in your home, please visit my Fine Art Photography by Bridget website. I am currently in the process of adding more pieces, so make sure you check back often!