Picking the Perfect Art Size for Your Space!
Ever stared at blank walls and felt a bit overwhelmed? We get it! Even if you know your art taste, figuring out the perfect size can be a puzzle. That's where we come in with our favorite tips to help you choose the right-sized artwork for your space. Whether you're dreaming up a gallery wall, setting up a picture ledge, or going for a bold statement piece, we've got simple advice to nail the sizing and create a wall that really pops.
Art Sizes 101
Art comes in all shapes and sizes, giving you the freedom to match your wall space and personal style. Quick tip: when in doubt, go a bit bigger! Slightly oversized art always steals the show compared to smaller pieces that might leave your room feeling a tad empty.
And here's a nifty trick: when measuring, think about framing. Small art can get a major upgrade with a big mat, adding a touch of drama. The total size (including the frame's outer edge) can be amped up based on your mat and framing combo.
Mini: 25.4-43.18 centimeters (10-17 inches) in height and width; perfect for a cute spot or part of a bigger collection.
Small: 45.72-60.96 centimeters (18-24 inches) in height and width; ideal for cozy spaces and fantastic for pairing in groups.
Medium: 63.5-81.28 centimeters (25-32 inches) in height and width; a versatile size, whether in a group or as a solo star.
Large: 83.82-101.6 centimeters (33-40 inches) in height and width; holds its own in most spaces, creating a wow factor.
Oversize: 104.14 centimeters or larger (41 inches or larger) in height and width; perfect as a standalone showstopper.
Measuring and (Easy!) Math
Now, let's tackle the math – don't worry, it's a piece of cake! Grab your measuring tape and a calculator. Measure the width and height of your wall, then multiply by 0.57 and 0.75 for a general range of the ideal art size (including mat and frame).
For instance, if your wall space is 300 centimeters by 300 centimeters, your framed art should be between 171 to 225 centimeters in both width and height. These rules work for a single piece or a collection – just add 5-8 centimeters between frames for a collection.
And if you're matching your art to furniture, the same calculations apply. So, if your sofa is 234 centimeters wide, aim for art (including mat and frame) between 132 to 175 centimeters wide.
Consider the vibe you want: landscape styles (wider than tall) suit sofas, beds, or long low sideboards, while portrait styles (taller than wide) rock in narrower spots like kitchens and bathrooms.
Now, break out that tape measure again! For a general rule, the middle of your art should be at eye level (around 144.78 centimeters or 57 inches for most people). If you've got low ceilings (below 240 centimeters), divide your wall into four sections and hang your framed art in the third. If it's above furniture, suspend it 15.24 to 30.48 centimeters (6 to 12 inches) above the top. Feel free to bend the rules for a quirky gallery wall that stretches all the way to the ceiling!
So whether you're setting up a gallery wall, arranging a picture ledge, or featuring a standout piece, follow our sizing guide for a display that fits your walls just right. (And for more nature inspried wall art check out our Etsy Store and get in touch if you have any questions) Happy decorating! 🎨✨