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Art Selection and Placement

This week I would like to share some tips on what size of art to look for and where to hang it. This is something I get asked about quite often.

First and foremost you have to consider scale and proportion. If the art is too small it looks like an awkward little polka dot, if it's too big it will overwhelm your furniture and your space. A guideline to follow is to look for 1 piece or a combination of pieces that will be about 2/3 to 3/4 of the length of the furniture piece it will hang over and about 2/3 of the height of the space of where it will go. So, if your sofa is 7 feet long and there is 6 feet of wall from the top of your sofa to the ceiling you should be looking for a piece of art that is about 5 feet long by 4 feet high. If you want to hang 2 or 3 pieces side by side then you need to add the width of each picture as well as the spaces in between to get your total length.














Source: DecoChic Interiors

Now we need to think about how high the art should be placed. Most people inevitably hang their art too high because they are worried it will be too low.
 
Here are a few guidelines to follow:

  • Over a sofa or headboard - the bottom of the art should be 6" - 8" from the top edge of the sofa back or headboard. I typically stay around 6".
  • One piece on a wall by itself - the centre of the art should be eye level for the average person which is about 56" from the floor. If you are a taller or shorter family then it should be a little higher or lower so that it feels comfortable for you to look at.
  • Two pieces above each other on a wall by themselves - the centre between the two pieces should be eye level for the average person which is about 56" from the floor. Again, if you are a taller or shorter family then it should be a little higher or lower so that it feels comfortable for you to look at.
  • Over a dining table - push one chair up against the wall to use as your guide, then as with a sofa or headboard, the bottom of the art should be 6" - 8" from the top edge of the chair back. I typically stay around 8".





















Source: DecoChic Interiors

Remember these are guidelines. Sometimes you have to hang the art outside the lines for it to make sense visually. For instance, if you are hanging a piece of art over a hall table, you may need to hang it a little lower so that it connects with the table and decorative items on it. 

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