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Does Size Matter When It Comes To Wall Art?

Handmade painting by Lakshmi Vakkalanka | Artecasso


Have you ever walked into a room in your home and felt that something is missing? If bare walls are calling you out for attention, there is only one thing for you to do- hang up a wall art!

When choosing wall art for their home, people tend to focus only on the theme and color palette of the artwork. While it is important to invest in art that you’d love to look at every day, it is equally important to get it in the right size. Whether you are opting for a gorgeous handmade canvas painting or a limited edition canvas print to adorn your walls, size matters. Here are 4  ways in which you can find the right wall art size for your space.

Be wise about wall art size

When you hang wall art in a room, you want it to be eye-catching and pull the space together. You want this particular painting or picture to make a statement the minute someone walks into the space, feeling like it belongs there. If you invest in the wrong size, the art piece can either look too small, leaving your room look incomplete, or too big, making the space seem crowded. To ensure that your favorite piece of art feels right at home on your wall, get it just right with these sizing tips from our experts.

  • Evaluate your space

Before you go ahead and purchase a beautiful handmade painting or canvas print, study your space. A great way to help you visualize how artwork fits into the room is by clicking a few pictures of the room. Take photographs from different angles on your smartphone and see how every other furniture and decor element in the room complements the space. Does your space need a wide and panoramic canvas or will it look better with a large square piece of artwork? For inspiration, you can check out interior designs of rooms with a similar layout as yours on the web or social media.

  • Understand general rules 

Apart from visualizing the layout of the room with the wall art, you also need to understand the general rules of filling up the blank wall space. Whether you are looking to decorate the space above your couch or the empty wall space in your bedroom or hallway, you will want the art to fit right into the spot. To ensure a better fit of your artwork, take measurements of the available wall space.

When measuring, you need to follow the general sizing rules to get the right numbers. Here are some of them-

  1. The wall art should cover 60 to 70% of the available wall space. The space must not be covered by furniture or moldings. To get the approximate canvas size range, measure the height and width of the wall space and multiply them both by 0.60 and 0.75. The numbers you get after multiplying your measurements give you the ideal height and width of the wall art you can introduce in this space. 

  1. If you are planning to hang the art above your couch or bed, ensure that the canvas is between ⅔ to ¾ of the width of the furniture. Here, you need to take the measurement of your furniture and multiply it by 0.66 and 0.75 to get the width range of your wall art that can fit right into the available space.

  1. Consider these measurements before buying a wall art to get a canvas painting or print in the right orientation. You should choose a wall art in portrait orientation for a narrow wall and a landscape-oriented art for wider wall space.

  • When in doubt, go big

Remember that bigger is always better. Once you have the measurements, you can opt to have a wall art made in a custom size to fill the available space to its full potential. A bigger canvas will create a strong focal point in the room and will keep the space visually dynamic as compared to a smaller-sized art piece. If you have smaller pieces that you love and want to hang them, create a stunning gallery wall by placing them side by side.

  • Keep it at eye level

When choosing the best wall art size, it is also important to ensure that the center of the canvas comes at eye level. Not only is this aesthetically pleasing, but also helps anyone who walks into the room to see straight and enjoy the art without having to tilt their head. Also, if you are planning to hang the canvas above your couch, mantle or bed, keep in mind to hang your wall art at least 6 to 12 inches above the top of the furniture to give it breathing space and strike a visual balance.

Where to buy wall art online

Now that you have an idea about the size and orientation of the wall art you are looking for, it’s time to buy a stunning piece. For custom handmade canvas paintings and luxury canvas prints, browse our latest collection at Artecasso. All our paintings/prints are delivered within 2-10 days anywhere in the UAE and within 2-3 weeks worldwide. If you require further assistance with sizing and visualization, reach out to our specialists today.

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