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.