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.