Deciding the proper size and placement of a new artwork can seem daunting. So, if you’re asking yourself: ‘What size painting should I choose?’, we’re here to help make the process a little easier! With this common dilemma firmly in mind, read our definitive list on how to decide what size of wall art will be right for you. Find out ways to make the most of your space, and what to consider when planning your purchase.
DECORATING LARGE SPACES
Decorating large homes and creating a sense of comfort and creativity in big spaces can be tricky. Having a big room but a smaller budget, can be problematic in terms of filling the walls and making the space feel homey. Art is a great way to add impact and create cosiness, no matter what your budget is.
Big and bold is best
It may sound simple, but a great trick to break up large expanses of wall is with a bold art display. Going with one statement piece helps bring the whole room into proportion and makes the space feel balanced, even if it’s feeling a little empty. Anchoring your room with a single outstanding piece really helps avoids the feeling of having lots of disconnected elements or clutter. Whilst for many, this might be done using a large piece of furniture, we believe that a large, bright piece of art is the perfect anchor, and a great focal point to design your other interior around.
We know that in a perfect world, you’d be able to fill a large wall or airy room with canvases, prints and paintings galore. However, if that isn’t the case, there are some great, affordable tricks to fill up your space without breaking the bank – with a couple of carefully invested pieces of art incorporated into a salon hang.
Take one or two key pieces, place above your sofa or large piece of furniture and maybe inject a bright wall-colour. Surround with plants, fabric wall-hangings, home photographs, ceramics or anything else that takes your fancy. Perhaps you could accentuate the different colours and textures within the piece, with your other objects? Surrounding one or two standout artworks with different textural elements will expand and intensify its impact – creating a beautiful, statement hang.
Invest in some perfect prints
A bustling display of prints is a brilliant, affordable way to bring a room together, and make it feel warm. Our online shop has plenty of examples of photographs or limited edition prints which are bound to create some character in your large space. Don’t forget – if you’d rather not frame your work, there’s lots of different ways to display unframed prints too. Check out our blog post on unusual ways to display artwork.
Be creative with your framing
Or, should you be in favour of a frame for your latest beautiful painting, print or photograph, then why not choose something a little wacky and original? A bold and alternative frame, particularly if you opt for something substantially larger than the original artwork, will help fill a wall in no time, adding some of your own personality.
DECORATING SMALL SPACES
Perhaps you live in a studio flat the size of a shoebox, have one room of your own to decorate, or want to revitalise a cosy nook in your home? Just because your space is on the small side, doesn’t mean it can’t display a beautiful piece of original artwork. If you live in a small space, you may automatically think of the downside: tight spaces, not enough storage and of course, less wall space to fill. But in fact, a few well-placed prints, paintings or sculptures can really maximise your space, and make it feel lighter and brighter than before.
An excellent way to help compartmentalise a smaller space, is creating specific ‘zones’ within it. Divide your space into different segments depending on how they’re used – work, sleep, relax or eat, for example. Art seems like a great way to reinforce this idea, adding a few framed monochrome artworks in one corner perhaps, juxtaposing with a statement painting in another area of the room.
Get creative with colour. A great way to differentiate separate spaces; we love the idea of using bright hues such as oranges or reds in one area, and something a little more soothing, like greys or greens in another, making the space seem larger and less claustrophobic. Specific ‘colour’ areas can be supplemented with flowers and fauna, or home accessories – the sky’s the limit! Simply visit our online marketplace and filter to the colour, subject, style or medium you want!
A great way to give the illusion of space is to accentuate the higher spaces in your home. Displaying a collection of works above eye level will give a sense of height to a room. Adding a pretty print or canvas above a door or within a set of shelves is a brilliant way to add an illusion of depth and some extra space to a room, and likewise a vertical gallery hang can suggest a higher ceiling.
Whether you consider your space to be small or big is, of course, subjective – so one person’s mini space might feel like a castle to another! Either way, if you’re feeling like your space isn’t quite the right size for you, don’t underestimate how adding some art of your own (alongside some careful placement) can make a big difference.
Whatever the size, there’s plenty of ways to revitalise your space with the latest contemporary art. Why not browse our online shop, filtering by size, to see what calls to you? Alternatively, did you know that we hold fairs worldwide? Check our upcoming fairs near you.
Main Image: Art-lovers selecting artwork at our Battersea Autumn fair.