Clients often ask me for tips on choosing the right size of art for their homes. It can be intimidating. While many people tend to think of 4×6″ as the standard size for photographs and 8×10″ as large, 8×10″ is still quite small when it comes to wall art. A single 8″x 10″ on the wall can look quite silly.
Here is a sample of a nursery with a canvas wrap collection including one 24″x 30″, one 10″x 15″ and one 12″x 15″. Notice that each of them individually is larger than an 8″x 10″. The total space of the art is approximately 24″ x 47″.
Here is a sample of one 8″x 10″.
Of course, those are canvas wraps without frames. If going with 8″x 10″ prints, you’d really need at least 3, matted and framed to 11″x 14″ to start to look appropriate over a large piece of furniture.
Below is a very handy guid for figuring out the right size of art to use in proportion to a couch, bed, dining table, etc. The size given could be a single piece of art, or several pieces grouped together:
If you have a session with me, and you would like me to help you arrange art for a specific area of your home, let me know. With a picture of the space and some measurements, I can help you come up with a display that is proportionate and flattering to the space.
Let me know if there are any questions you have or tips you’d like!
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of shooting this brother-sister duo in Shain Park in downtown Birmingham. We started at Baldwin Library, then scooted over to the park. The children were beautiful and friendly. Here are some of my favorite shots.
Here’s how they might look in a living room with a collection of framed prints:
I finally caved in and bought the Photographer’s Wall Display Guide templates. I’ve been looking for a way to help my clients design gorgeous wall displays using the photographs I take, and this is the perfect way. Selfishly, I also wanted to use them to create a new canvas wrap gallery above my couch. Being a visual person, I really wanted a visual for it! We’re talking about completely re-doing a couple of rooms in our house over the next year or so. Honestly, we thought we’d be out of our house by now, but then the housing market crashed and it looks like we’ll be here for a while. Next year we’re planning to refinish the hardwood floors that lie beneath our carpet. The couches are from IKEA and have tan-colored covers over them. I’d rather buy photos and art than new couch covers, so we’ll work with those. I’m still trying to decide on a wall color. Our house has a very relaxed feel to it. Lots of neutrals and beige. I’ve been told by many that it has a sort of spa-like quality, and I like that. Well, except for the crayola-bright kids’ toys scattered about. I thought I’d make up a potential canvas wrap design and use the photos I choose as the basis for the color. Here are a few mock-ups that I made for my living room:
I would LOVE some input on this. I’m hoping to order these gallery wraps in the next week or two, and I am just at a loss. For the next year or so, they’ll be on beige-colored walls. Just about the same color as the couch. Which size design do you like best? Which wall color?
If you are a client of mine and you’d like me to help you design a wall gallery, let me know. I also have templates for framed images, if you don’t like the look of canvas wraps.
For reference on sizing, the images above use these sizes:
First and Third images: Trilogy package: 1 20″x30″ in the center with 2 16″x20″ (one on each side)
Second image: Bookends package: 1 20″x30″ in the center with 2 10″x20″ (one on each side)
I look forward to hearing your feedback!