My Sister Rocks & Sizing Art for a Dining Room

I'm so proud of my little sister, Christina. *Drum Roll* She recently launched her own interior design company, and she is killing it! Christina designed this gorgeous interior and incorporated my Cloud 9 print into her design. It's so cool to see our creative work merge in this space! I'm constantly learning from Christina, and I feel so lucky that we work in industries that overlap. It's awesome to have another entrepreneur in the family. When I finally buy my first house, I'm going straight to her for help.

Sizing Dining Room Art

Here are a few tips when sizing art for a dining room: The center of a single piece of art should be 55″ – 60″ from the floor. This places the artwork at eye level. 

When hanging a large piece above a dining table, it should be about 2/3 to 3/4 the length of the table. (For example, if a table is 60″ long, the piece should be a minimum of 40″ in length.)

The most common mistake art buyers make is purchasing a piece that is too small. When picking art for any room, bigger is better because it makes spaces appear larger.

Jessica Kenyon abstract art in dining room designed by Christina Croll interiors. Photograph by Emily Gilbert.

Jessica Kenyon abstract art in dining room designed by Christina Croll interiors. Photograph by Emily Gilbert.

Framed Black & White Abstract Art

When my week is jam packed and I'm running between appointments, I like to escape to my studio for a creative break. Being a professional artist means I spend a lot of time on non-creative activities like organizing my Quickbooks, learning SEO, and conversion analytics. I love being involved in all parts of my business because I'm constantly being challenged in new ways. But, when I finally get to create new artwork, it feels different from all of my other responsibilities. Studio time is my free time.  It feels like a mini vacation.

On especially hectic days, I retreat to my studio to work with simple color palettes.  Shooting with a black and white palette is particularly grounding for me. I find the framed abstract art piece in this interior uplifting, because the white ink seems to be floating towards the top of the piece. The cloudy swirls seem soft & cozy against the black.  I titled it "A Grand Plan." It measures just under 40" X 60" in this gorgeous contemporary interior. You can view more of my abstract ink portfolio here.

Dark Florals: A Peony Diptych

Dark Floral Diptych by Jessica Kenyon.

Dark Floral Diptych by Jessica Kenyon.

I'm excited to share a new diptych from my Abstract Floral series! I had sketched out a plan for this shoot in November, but was bummed thinking I wouldn't be able to find peonies in winter. So, when I ventured into a Whole Foods in Fayetteville, AR and found bushels of peonies for Christmas, I was psyched! I actually drove these blooms 12 hours, all the way back to my studio in Colorado, so I could shoot them. My daughter-dog, Sadie (a corgi), tried to eat them on the way home, but I set her strait.

My goal when creating these prints was to create floral artwork that was feminine but not saccharine. I decided to balance the sweetness of the flowers with a dark moody background. I really love how these turned out, and I'm releasing them for Valentine's Day! To shop this look, click here. These prints are available framed and unframed in sizes from 20" X 30" to 36" X 54."

For reference, the prints in the interior above measure 24" X 36." They are framed in a white contemporary frame. Sometimes clients ask me - "what defines a contemporary frame?" Contemporary frames don't have curves and aren't overly adorned. When framing colorful artwork, it's best to go with a simple frame to prevent your space from looking over-designed.

 

Wall Art: How big should my artwork be?

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 any wall that isn't covered by furniture or moldings. If your artwork will be hung over a sofa or credenza, it should be 2/3 to 3/4 the width of your furniture. If you are hanging a piece over a standard, 76" wide king size bed, it should be between 45" - 76" wide. Below, I've created a cheat sheet. Measure your wall and use the reference measurements to determine the perfect size for your space. I like statement art that has high impact, so I usually gravitate towards larger pieces. Tip: Sometimes I find it's more affordable to hang a diptych instead of one enormous piece. You often get the same impact at a more affordable price point.


ART SIZE CHEAT SHEET: Recommended Art Sizes

WIDTH OF WALL

  1. 40"
  2. 50"
  3. 60"
  4. 70"
  5. 80"
  6. 90"
  7. 100"
  8. 120"
  9. 140"

Width of Artwork

  1. 22.8" - 30"
  2. 28.5" - 37.5"
  3. 34.2" - 45"
  4. 39.9" - 52.5"
  5. 45.6" - 60"
  6. 51.3" - 57.5"
  7. 57" - 75"
  8. 68" - 90"
  9. 80" - 105"

Wall Decor: Artwork Size Calculation

Ink Art by Jessica Kenyon

Ink Art by Jessica Kenyon

  1. Measure the width and length of your wall
  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 ARTWORK

Before purchasing your art, I recommend you outline the dimensions of the piece on your wall. In the past, I've taped printer paper to my wall, outlined the dimensions with painter's tape, and even placed sticky notes where the corners of my artwork will go if I'm in a rush. You may want to step back and take a photo with your phone. Then, readjust as needed and compare different sizes.

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. If you opt for 2-3 smaller pieces rather than one large piece, consider leaving ~4-7" between each piece. It should be hung 6” - 12” above the top of your couch.

FIREPLACE ART

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.

HANGING ARTWORK

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.