Artwork that is the right size, shape and color can improve the look of nearly any living space.
Whether the desire is to create a focal point, or to add color or even texture, artwork can be used to improve nearly any living space.
In many instances, the artwork’s size can play a key role in creating a successful installation. When looking for ways to use artwork of different sizes and shapes, here are some top tips.
- Hang your artwork so its centerpoint is approximately 5 feet from the finished floor. Most people hang their artwork too high.
- Experiment with creating a diptych or triptych using an identical piece of art. This visual technique is a popular trick of interior designers looking to create art in a series.
- Use oversize pieces of art in spaces with high ceilings.
- When possible, try to add mirrors opposite some of your statement art pieces to further help the artwork stand out.
- Pay attention to color. Artwork can be a wonderful way to introduce color and texture.
- Use smaller pieces of art in spaces such as bathrooms and kitchens. These are often forgotten and overlooked spaces where cheery artwork can go a long way.
- Look for artwork in various shapes and sizes. Long, thin pieces can work well over beds, while rectangular (40 by 50 inches is a popular size) and square (40 by 40 inches) shapes can work well as standalone pieces or above large furniture pieces such as consoles and sofas.
- Be sure not to select artwork that is too big or too small. Artwork should be roughly two-thirds the size of the object below it.
- When purchasing artwork, ask that it be double-wired so that you have the flexibility of hanging it horizontally or vertically.
- Consider hanging smaller pieces of art as sets or groupings, as opposed to randomly hung small artwork that can create visual clutter.