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Tip #2 – Select Your Art By Size

Large modern abstract painting.  One of a kind.
It’s usually easier to choose art with a size in mind. (Blooms 36″X36″)

When it comes to wall art, it gets tough if you are not particular about sizing. Go into your search for wall art with a size in mind for quick selection.

Looking to decorate a room? Many people find it easier to start with the larger pieces and work their way down. As you begin pulling together your space, purchases add up, and soon enough your home will be decorated to your preferences.

Be a bit bold and look outside your usual decor. Notice how this bold yellows and blues make a statement even with a neutral background.

Here are the basics of wall art sizing, whether displaying pieces alone or together with a gallery wall, if you wish to use sizing for your defining feature:

Oversized: These paintings are maybe 36″X60″ or greater. Before buying a piece this large, measure your space to see if it can accommodate it. Oversized wall art acts as a focal point of a wall or a room.

Large: This size could be about 24″X48″. Large wall art could serve as a centrepiece or be balanced on either side with mini or small pieces. One to two large pieces per room is standard. Or use a dyptch (two paintings created as one and spaced apart).

Medium: Wall art in this category is approximately 30″X40″. Some pieces can stand alone, but medium pieces also go well when grouped with one another. Keep your space symmetrical when adding medium wall hangings.

Small: A small hanging goes well above shelving, pieces of furniture, and on short walls because they might be 24″X24″. Small art pieces go well in pairs or groups of three to six hangings.

Mini: The smallest size of paintings are mini, falling in the range of maybe 10″X10″. Think about anything the size of a piece of paper or smaller as a mini piece of art. You often see them sold as collections; it is common to see at least three to four of these sold together.

When selecting wall art, go with a general idea about the size you are looking for in a room. Most bathrooms cannot accommodate oversized wall art, just as most living rooms aren’t decorated with minis.

There are some general sizing rules to think about:

Pictures should not be more than two-thirds longer than your sofa.
Photos should be at least 6 inches above the edge of your furniture.
A small piece of art can’t fill a big space. Group small pieces together. Works by the same artist complement each other well.

Consider the height of ceilings when choosing size. Be sure it fills the space in length and width.

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