A guide to wall art
Updated: Apr 23, 2019
So you have had your session and I have delivered you a gallery full of beautiful images of your furry best friend. So now what?
Choosing wall art to compliment your home and show off your favourite images can be daunting for some people so often they shy away from it and just order something small or settle for a digital file. I'm here to help and want to encourage you to print your images BIG! Like the bigger the better! Photography is here to evoke an emotional response from the viewer, and to do that it needs to be seen.
When thinking about wall art for your home you need to consider the following things:
What space do you have?
The best place to start is by identifying what space you have to place your wall art. From there you can work out how much space you have to play with. The easiest way to do this is to measure the available wall space. Keep in mind that wall art does not have to be just one piece, so if you have a massive bare wall, why not create a collection of images rather than one massive piece. Now I know I said bigger is better but sometimes you can go too big and an image can overpower a room.
Below is a visual guide to some of the common wall art sizes, so you can get a better idea of how they look in comparison to a room.
Please note that this is only a rough guide and sizes may look different in your home.
What else is in the room?
Once you have decided where the art will go it is a good idea to factor in what else is in the room before selecting your size.
Here are a few common places to hang art and some simple guidelines to follow:
Above the sofa
The average sofa is 86" long and it is advised that your art should not span more than two-thirds of the length of your sofa. This helps to keep the art in proportion to the room, I know I said bigger is better but like I said before, you don't want your art to be over bearing! Try to keep the bottom of your art 6 to 12 inches above the top of your sofa.
Above the Fireplace
The optimum size for above the fireplace is somewhere between the length of the fire, and the length of the mantel.
Here is a really helpful infographic with some tips on selecting the perfect size wall art in relation to your furnishings.
Inforgraphic courtesy of Nations Photolab Blog
What is the colour scheme of the chosen room?
So you have chosen the space and the size so now for the finishing touches, you need to decide what type of wall art will fit in best with the decor of that room. If your colour scheme is blues and creams then you don't want a bright red framed print hanging in the middle of the wall (unless you are a fan of the unconventional). Or if your room is decorated in a more antique style, then a super modern acrylic print might look a little out of place!
Most of my wall art offerings are either neutral and will fit in with most interior designs or come in a variety of styles and colours so you can find one that suits your room.
How much money can you spend?
Now this is always a tough one for a lot of clients because unfortunately bigger means more costly. It is a good idea to have a budget in mind however I recommend you go into the situation with a flexible mind. Wall art is an investment and it is important to get it right because you are going to end up looking at it everyday (hopefully). Although the price might seem a bit scary at first you have to break it down into the amount of joy you are going to get from it. All of my wall art is sourced to be of the highest quality and built to last, therefor you are going to enjoy it every day for the rest of your life. So let's say the size you want is going to cost £500, sounds a lot right, but if you enjoy it every day for a year that's only £1.37 a day, I bet you spend more than that a day on coffee! And that's just a year, the longer you have that artwork up, the cheaper that daily cost is. It seems a little less scary now right?! What I am trying to say is it is obviously important to only spend what you have (I don't want anyone to bankrupt themselves!) but if you can afford the size you want, then go for it, I promise you it will be worth it! And there is nothing worse than regret, especially if you have to look at something every day wishing you have bought that bigger size or that other frame. If money really is an issue, ask about a payment plan.
The best advice I can give you is don't be afraid to ask. If you are one of my clients, I will help you design the perfect wall art for your home because at the end of the day, I want you to be happy with your choice and love it everyday.
Remember, a picture says a thousand words!