Picking art for the walls of your house is a fun and exciting activity, whether you just bought your house or want to upgrade some rooms a bit. You shouldn’t just buy the prettiest piece of art you see and hope it fits with your room. You want to put more thought into buying wall art for your home.
There are several things to consider, such as how large your room is, how large the wall is, what type of furniture will be around the wall art, and how tall you and your family members are. These should all factor into what you end up purchasing for your wall space. Of course, you also want to consider the subject of the art and colors, so that they will match the rest of your room.
The Size of the Room
One of the first things to think about when buying wall art is the size of the room you want to display it in. Most people purchase artwork that is too small for the room, which leaves the space empty, despite the added wall art. Consider the size of your room to find a piece large enough to fill the room.
This is especially true if the room does not have much furniture in it. The large piece of wall art will fill up the room where the furniture did not. Do you have vaulted ceilings or a low ceiling in your room? Answering this question can also help you find a piece of wall art that will fit in your room of choice. Remember, you can never have too big of a piece of art in one room.
The size of the wall you want to use also needs to be considered before purchasing your wall art. You want to measure the dimensions of the wall to find a piece that will fit. Think carefully about the shape of the wall as well. Is it square shaped or rectangular shaped? Is the wall in landscape or portrait form? A square shaped piece of art would fit well on a square wall or vertical space. A rectangularly shaped landscape would fit on a rectangular wall space, hallway, or above a sofa.
Also think about the colors, style, and subject matter of the art piece and that these fit with the rest of the room. No matter the size, you want to fill up as much of the wall as possible with a beautiful piece of artwork. You may want to consider several options before making your final choice.
Over Mantels or Furniture
You don’t want a small piece to be overshadowed by a highly decorated mantel or a huge piece of furniture. Just like with walls, measure the space above any mantels or furniture. If you are corresponding directly with the artist, send them pictures of the area so that they can give suggestions about placement. The artist can also give you canvas sizes to use over the furniture or mantel before you make your purchase.
There are also certain measurement rules to follow to make the most out of your wall space. Hang the piece of art 6 to 12 inches above the furniture and make sure the art is no larger than three-fourths the width of the furniture. If you want to be adventurous and make a statement, hang the piece a little off center.
Gallery walls are a playful way to use a large wall in a room. This is a great way to display smaller pieces of art by the same artist, art that is similar in color or theme, or a way to display several photographs. There are many ways to design a gallery wall, as long as all the pieces are similar in one way, such as all the pieces following the same color scheme or the same size and so on.
Place the artwork or photographs on the floor first to make sure the layout is the way you want it to look on your wall. Measure the width and height of all the pieces together and follow the same measuring rules as you would when placing a piece of art above a mantel or large piece of furniture. There are also many websites that have free design templates to follow when designing the layout of your art pieces or photography.
Many people make the mistake of hanging wall art that is too high to enjoy. The level at which the artwork will be placed should also be planned out before purchasing a piece of art. You don’t want to invest in a piece that cannot be properly appreciated. Artwork should be hung at eye level.
If members of your family vary in height, just use the standard person height of 5’6” when placing the artwork at eye level on the wall. Don’t forget about the size of the wall, the shape, and any furniture that may be around the wall. You can also get a second opinion when planning what to place on your wall. A friend or family member may point something out that you didn’t see at first.