I have probably sent you to this page because we are discussing the best size for your new piece of art!
Firstly congratulations, I cannot wait to help elevate your home with a bold luxurious piece of art!
This page is exclusively to help you choose a painting for one of your favourite painting hanging locations; behind the sofa.
So here are my top 5 tips:
1) Look for a painting that’s roughly 2/3 or 3/4 the width of your sofa.
Measuring your wall will give you the best guide for selecting the right size painting. Start by measuring the width of your wall, and then divide that number in half to determine how wide your ideal artwork should be. For instance, if your wall is 50″ across, I recommend a painting that’s around 25″ wide.
When selecting the right size of painting for your sofa, it’s helpful to think in terms of proportions. A good rule of thumb is to find a piece that’s roughly 2/3 or 3/4 the width of your sofa. Keep in mind that if you have a large sofa, you should consider going with a slightly larger painting. If you have a petite sofa, go with something smaller—but not too small. You don’t want it to get lost on the wall!
2) Consider the size of the room, as well as how large your sofa is.
As you consider the size of the painting, it’s important to think about the size of the room, as well as how large your sofa is. A small painting hung above a large couch will visually make the room feel more spacious. If you have a smaller couch and want to create a more intimate feeling in your living room, choose a bigger painting so that it doesn’t get lost on the wall.
Consider how close or far away your sofa is from where your painting will hang on the wall. If your sofa is placed against the wall, you might want to look at larger paintings because there isn’t anything to break up its visual space. If there’s furniture between the sofa and your art piece, it may be better to go with a slightly smaller piece so that it doesn’t overwhelm whatever else is in front of it.
3) Don’t choose a painting that is much larger than other art in the room – unless you’re hanging it alone on a feature wall.
If the piece you are hanging is larger than all the other art in the room, it should be hung alone on a feature wall.
4) If you’re not sure, you can buy several smaller paintings and arrange a grouping on your wall.
If you’re not sure, you can buy several smaller paintings and arrange a grouping on your wall. A collection of paintings can be more dynamic than a single piece or large painting. You can use the same style within the grouping, but different sizes and mediums are also effective.
When you go to hang your collection, look for connections between the pieces; they could have similar subject matter (i.e., a landscape), colour or size. Try not to let your arrangement become too cluttered; give each piece room to breathe in its space.
5) Art size is most effective when it plays into existing scale and balances proportionately with other furnishings in your space.
- Art size is most effective when it plays into existing scale and balances proportionately with other furnishings in your space.
- Take note of the room’s architecture and situate your art according to its relationship with built-in details like windows, doorways, arches, columns and molding. These elements help establish the visual weight of a room.
- Consider the colour palette of your painting in relation to that of your walls and furniture. A colourful painting will likely look best over a neutral upholstery or wall colour, while more muted colours may be used to accentuate bright hues already present in the space.