Finding Framed art that fits your space
The #1 question I get from clients is "How big should my artwork be?" In general, art should take up 57% - 75% of available wall space that isn't covered by furniture or moldings. After you ensure your artwork fits into this range, it's really a matter of personal taste whether you select a larger or smaller piece. Hanging a piece that is a bit too big for a space is better than hanging a piece that is too small. Small artwork will look like an afterthought, and your space may remind you of a college dorm room. Larger artwork will serve as a focal point for a room. Your room will feel grander with a large statement piece.
Wall Decor: Artwork Size Calculation
1. Measure the width and length of your available wall space.
2. Multiply the width by .57 and .75
3. Multiply the length by .57 and .75
The width and length of your framed art should fall within the range of the above calculation.
Before purchasing your art, I recommend you tape printer paper or paste sticky notes to your wall where the corners of your work will go. Better yet, cover the part of the wall where the print will hang with butcher paper. Then step back and take a photo. Readjust as needed and compare different sizes.
ART SIZE CHEAT SHEET: Reccomended Art Sizes Based on Wall Width
Width of Wall
Width of Artwork
- 22.8" - 30"
- 28.5" - 37.5"
- 34.2" - 45"
- 39.9" - 52.5"
- 45.6" - 60"
- 51.3" - 57.5"
- 57" - 75"
Here are some tricks interior designers use. These are a matter of taste and style.
ART OVER A SOFA OR CREDENZA
Your art should be 2/3 to 3/4 the width of your sofa. Your artwork should never be wider than the sofa or couch.
It should be hung 6” - 12” above the top of your couch.
The width of your art shouldn't be smaller than the fireplace’s opening or wider than the mantle.
Artwork should hang 3" - 6" above the mantle.
57” above the floor is the general rule...but rules are made to be broken! The larger the artwork, the lower it can be hung.