The complete wall art sizing guide

Man in blue shirt gauging room for art print sizes

Investing in art is a brilliant way to improve your décor, as it adds character to your interiors and can transform a room that was in need of some TLC. When it comes to purchasing art, you should always consider where you intend to display it in your home and take the size of your space into account before purchasing your desired piece(s).

Exploring wall art sizes may be something you haven’t considered before, especially if you have only recently started to take an interest in adding artwork to your living space. That’s why we’ve created this useful wall art sizing guide, to help provide an idea of why size requirements are important to consider on top of styles and colours.

Simply read on to discover our top tips on choosing the right size artwork for your walls.

What is a good size for wall art?

Light green wall and dark grey floor lamp

To put it simply, there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to artwork size because every space and print is different, but to help with this you can measure up your walls in advance.

Finding art you love is easy enough, but choosing the right space for it can feel a little challenging. As a general rule, you should aim to fill around 60%-70% of the wall space you are considering displaying your art on, which relates to an area that isn’t occupied by mouldings (a decorative use of wood, such as skirtings) and/or furniture.

To calculate these measurements, first begin by measuring the width and height of your preferred wall and multiply each by 0.65 and then 0.75. Doing this provides you with two figures each for width and height, which make up the average size range your prints should be, for a better understanding of what sized designs will complement this area.

Discovering what size of art fits your wall

When considering what art print sizes to choose, it’s important to think about orientation too. For instance, understanding the difference between landscape and portrait pieces and which will best match your walls is vital.

Landscape artwork suits smaller areas of your home, as the shorter length of the landscape prints, canvases, and paintings can help to open up the wall space. Large landscape pieces can also work well on the empty wall space above sofas due to the usual size and shape of this area.

Bigger portrait pieces, including canvases and photographs, work well in spots with larger surface areas, whereas smaller portrait prints suit narrow walls and delicate areas of the home such as your staircase wall.

Another thing to consider regarding art print sizes is to ensure you don’t affix framed pictures in completely empty spaces, as the vast empty space can overpower even large prints. Framed art prints are better placed above furniture, such as a living room fireplace or chest of drawers in a bedroom. We recommend first placing a side table, cosy armchair, or set of shelves against the wall before selecting the best prints for the space. 

Gauge print sizes for art with practice measurements

Hand clasping measuring tape to measure wall art sizes

It can be hard to visualise how a piece of art will fit in a particular room because when you view it, either online or in an art shop, it is displayed in a space you’re unfamiliar with, and can look completely different in the room you add it to. For this reason, it’s essential you take a step back from the design you have in mind and approximately plan how it will look in your desired space.

To do this, note down the print sizes for the art you are interested in and once home, outline the dimensions on the wall you have in mind with painter’s tape. This allows you to see how large or small the piece you are considering purchasing is and whether or not it suits the space you envisioned it for. For a quick solution, you can also take pictures of the illustration art prints you are interested in, if you are visiting an art shop, and then compare these images to your wall space once you’re home.

Bigger is always better

Wooden framed contemporary print hung above wooden sideboard

In some cases, you may not have access to the artwork’s size, regarding specific measurements, which means you will have to make an estimate. If you are taking a rough guess, accidentally opting for too-small designs can look out of place, and more so than a print that’s too large. This is typically because empty portions of wall space can overpower an illustration, so if you are hesitant with your decision, choosing larger sized prints is a safer bet.

Hanging multiple pieces: What to consider

Three same Snowden Flood art print sizes hung on wall above brown sofa

Adding multiple prints to one space is easily achievable, as long as you factor in how much wall space is required ahead of time. When a number of prints are placed in one area, this naturally closes up the space and can make the space appear smaller than it is. This is why choosing and measuring the right area to create a gallery wall of photography prints or paintings, for example, is crucial.

Ensure you select a fairly spacious wall that is both wide and high, hanging each print two to three inches apart, or one and a half to two inches if you are displaying smaller pieces.

Learn more and begin dotting wall art across your home

Being aware of art print sizes and how they can match the available space in the rooms across your home is an important aspect of interior design, and now you know the steps to take to ensure you find appropriately sized pieces.

At Tall Boy Prints, we have sizes ranging from 300x240mm to 600x600mm, with portrait, landscape, and square options available. Our collection is versatile so as to suit every home, so purchase our prints and introduce them to your living space.

For further insights on design and décor ideas, alongside other art topics, visit our blog. It is there where you can find helpful guides on hanging art and more. Simply read various articles to expand your knowledge of art and all that it entails.