Balance Your Wall Displays: Why Size Matters When Arranging Artwork

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When it comes to decorating the walls of your home, you have a wide range of options depending on your taste and your style of furnishings. Some people may choose a particular theme, an art deco theme, for example. This artistic style is made up of two very different approaches to the arts, conjoined. One aspect is the fact that the artists dedicated to this style, designed and made artifacts of the highest quality. The other aspect is the clean, simple shapes and modernist style of the pieces, which made them perfect for mass production.

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Why Size Matters

Once you’ve chosen your style, the next thing to consider is the right size art for your room. Here are some tips for getting it right.

Think big: According to design experts, many homeowners make the mistake of hanging small pictures on a large wall. What happens is the picture just disappears. Large canvases help to create a stunning visual field. Think about the size of your wall, the furniture around it, the height of your ceilings and the lighting in the area. Hang Low: Another mistake is to hang pictures too high. Art should be hung at eye level. You shouldn’t have to crane your neck to view it comfortably. The best way to check for this error is to walk through your home and look at all your pictures as you go.

Have Some Variety: You don’t have to match every piece of art in your home. That means they don’t all have to be the same artists, color design or even exact theme. If your pictures start to get too similar, it will detract from the pleasure of viewing them.

Don’t Overdo It: Negative space is all about the space around and between your works of art, and this is just as important as the artworks themselves. If you like to collect art that’s fine, but try not to allow your walls to get too overcrowded. If you’re hanging pictures in a group, make sure the space is well-balanced, especially if the artworks are not a uniform size.

Try to be creative when it comes to arranging your artwork. You won’t always have to hang your artwork, you can just as easily prop a painting on a shelf or mantelpiece. They can also be layered. For example, use two difference size paintings and an empty frame slightly overlapping to create an art space. Always remember to check to make sure your frames or canvasses are evenly spaced and are hung level. Wherever you are hanging art, make sure that the style of the pieces fit in with the style of your décor in that room.


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Jennifer Hunt is an artist who creates abstract artworks primarily using acrylics. When not in her studio she can be found at an array of arts and craft fairs selling her wares.

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23 thoughts on “Balance Your Wall Displays: Why Size Matters When Arranging Artwork

  1. These are good tips. The biggest mistake that I notice is that people hang their art too high. Like you say, it should be at eye level. Great post!

  2. This has always been an area I struggle in and after going into other people homes I know I am not the only one. Now I can gather some of my favorite hangings and get my walls looking good finally.

  3. I’ve always been horrible when it comes to hanging pictures. I try to be crafty, but it ends up looking a hot mess lol. Right now, my apt has plaster walls, so, it’s a little harder to have things hanging up! So, I just now use desk space and entertainment stand space to place pictures.

  4. Thanks for sharing these helpful tips — this is an area in which try as I may, things just don’t look ‘right’. I think applying the tips you’ve shared will go a long way in helping me make my rooms look so much better.

  5. These are great tips for balancing your wall displays and why size matters. It is so important not to overload a wall with art or even an area in a room. These tips I am going to have to share with my niece who is getting a new house soon. Thanks for sharing the tips.

  6. I really love these tips. I am not good at decorating or setting up a wall display. Thank you for sharing these tips, I am going to try some of hear over vacation.

  7. great tips but what if you are really short and the rest of your family really tall lol my eye level is closer to their chest

  8. I had to smile when I read the tip about hanging art too high. My husband is 6’2 and I’m 5′. He always hangs stuff too high!

  9. My mom wanted to be an architect, but my sister inherited the decorating talent! I’m simple, but I just know what I like. It is always really interesting, though, what goes together according to color and size. A simple rearrangement of furniture can sometimes make all the difference.

    1. It’s true. Sometimes people set up their spaces not providing themselves the most function or room. Set up just a little differently and it can make all the difference.

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