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Unlock Art of Sizing: Perfect Wall Art Prints for Your Space

How to choose wall art prints size

How to choose the right size wall art prints for a wall is a question I am commonly asked so I wanted to share with you some helpful advice on this topic.

Before you start your search for the perfect wall art prints, I strongly recommend you measure your room and determine the size that will work in the space you would like to put it. Take into consideration viewing distance as well as furniture and wall shape. It’s important to select the perfect size of wall art prints for your room to create balance and to avoid the artwork looking underwhelming or overwhelming in your space.

'Crowned Dahlia' wall art prints by Contemporary New Zealand Artist Anna Mollekin

Can wall art prints be too big for a wall?

Yes, it can be. It is important to consider in your room how far back you will be able to stand to view the artwork. If it’s a really large artwork, can you stand back far enough from it to get a comfortable view? Or is your room too small and the wall art prints look uneasy and in your face? 

Here are some general wall art prints sizing rules that experts recommend:

  • Wall art should take up about 50-75% of a wall that has no furnishings.

  • Wall art should fill about 65-75% of the length of the furniture.

  • There should be around 150-300mm space between the bottom edge of your wall art and the top of a piece of furniture.

  • It is recommended that you hang artwork with the centre of the piece being at eye level. This is typically around 1.5m from the floor.

'Fantail's Lace' Indoor Decal by Contemporary New Zealand Artist Anna Mollekin in collaboration with Sticky Ticky

The shape of the wall can define the wall art prints ideal orientation

Consider the height and shape of the wall in conjunction with the orientation of the wall art prints. Landscape orientation artwork tends to work better on wide rectangle-shaped walls. Portrait orientation artwork can work well on narrow-width walls to allow breathing space.

Artwork needs room to breathe as whitespace can affect how the artwork is seen and assists in defining the artwork. It can help lead the eye and prevent a space from looking too crowded. 

'Kowhai's Joy', 'Fronds of Freedom' and 'The Magnificent Manuka' wall art prints by Contemporary New Zealand Artist Anna Mollekin.

Fill a balanced visual footprint size by grouping wall art prints together

If you don’t want one large wall art, you can hang multiple smaller wall art prints together as a Gallery Wall to fill the best visual footprint for your wall, approaching the collection like one piece of art. Have some fun and add your personality and a focal point to a room by grouping complementary framed artwork prints, photographs, art canvas and wall decor. Wall art with common themes, colours, styles or by the same artist will look cohesive together.

Hanging wall art as a triptych (three complimentary artworks together) always looks great too as it is balanced and harmonious. Triptychs give you good wall coverage and create a sense of movement and lead the viewer's eyes across the artwork. Experts recommend that the ideal spacing between multiple artworks is about 75-150mm.

'Fronds of Freedom' wall art prints by Contemporary New Zealand Artist Anna Mollekin.

​Three top tips to help you get the right size wall art prints

  1. If you are in love with an art print or photograph but it does not come in the size that you need for your room, contact the artist and enquire if they can do the custom size for you.

  2. If you are unsure about how the size or placement of artwork will look on a wall, blue tack up some paper at scale and positioning. Alternatively, you could mask it out with masking tape. Stand back and view the wall. This will allow you to envision more clearly if the wall art size looks balanced and in proportion, before you buy it or put holes in your walls to hang it.

  3. Before you start hanging, arrange all the wall art prints on the floor to plan and experiment with where you would like to hang them on the wall and the spacing between each.

Wall Art Prints: Finding the Perfect Fit

Choosing the right size for wall art prints is crucial to achieving a balanced and visually pleasing display. By measuring your room, and considering viewing distance, furniture, and wall shape, you can ensure that the artwork doesn't overpower or get lost in your space. Following general sizing rules, such as filling a percentage of the wall or furniture length and leaving space between the artwork and furniture, helps create a harmonious composition. Additionally, the shape of the wall and the orientation of the prints should be taken into account to allow for breathing space and visual flow. Grouping multiple prints together or creating triptychs can also enhance the visual impact. Lastly, don't hesitate to explore custom sizes or use paper mock-ups before hanging to ensure the perfect fit.

Anna Mollekin Wall Art Prints

If you're ready to enhance your space with beautiful wall art prints, I invite you to visit my store's collection.

Our wall art prints are available in A4 to A2 sizes, unframed, allowing you to frame them yourself to match your decor. Alternatively, you can also add a frame to have them ready to hang. Explore my stunning collection of artwork and discover the perfect pieces to transform your walls. From captivating New Zealand florals to intricate designs, my artwork will add a touch of elegance and personality to any room. Don't miss out on the opportunity to create a harmonious and visually appealing space with the right-sized wall art prints. Visit my shop today and elevate your home decor.

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