Avoid choosing art that is too small for a space by measuring the
furniture below the item and deduct 70%. If your proposed artwork
is smaller than 30% of the width, it is too small. Artwork should
generally fall within that range of 30% to 90% of the size of the
furniture below. Items that are darker or stronger in color will
appear larger than items of equal size in a pale color.
Next, consider the size and amount of detail in the individual
artwork and the distance at which it will be viewed. The beauty of
a delicate, detailed piece of art will be lost if the viewer cannot
get close enough to see and enjoy it. If the art will be hung high
up or at a distance, choose a large scale graphic piece that can
be appreciated from further away.
This gallery hall is a great example of placing pieces so the
details may be enjoyed. Bonus points are scored at the end
of the hall with a perfectly proportioned piece over the
Once you have determined that the artwork is within the correct
size range and the level of detail in the art is appropriate for the
space, you should plan the height at which it will be displayed.
If there is an object below the artwork, do not make the mistake
of leaving a large gap between the object and the artwork. The
art should “relate” to the item below to create a cohesive
composition. Similarly, if you are hanging a group of art on the
wall, do not leave too much space between the pieces or they
will not create the desired effect. The grouping should read as
one set – not scattered, unrelated separate items.
Whether displayed alone or as part of a group, careful placement
of artwork will add more value to the overall look of your room
and give you years of enjoyment.
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