Part of the fun in choosing a fine art print for your home or office is visualizing how the print will fit in to your decor. How big should it be? What medium should you choose? Do the colors need to match your space? The information and comparison photos below are a good place to start. Some common household furniture in the photos may give you an idea of scale.
Does your print need to match your color scheme?
It will certainly look beautiful if it does, but it really depends on your personal tastes. In general, my advice is no, your new print does not need to perfectly match your sofa and carpet to still look amazing in your space. As an example, if the main colors in your home are generally neutral grays, whites or earth tones, then a pop of color really adds the wow-factor and becomes an instant focal point in the room.
At the end of the day, it's most important to hang art on your wall because you find it beautiful and satisfying. It's your wall, and you need to love it.
Which medium should you choose?
One very important consideration when choosing your print medium is determining if large windows or other bright sources of light may cause reflections or glare on your fine art print, which can be distracting during certain times of the day when light is streaming in through the windows. If you feel that may be the case, I would highly recommend considering a Lumachrome® TruLife® acrylic print. The reason is that this advanced acrylic has an invisible coating which virtually eliminates unsightly reflections and glare from bright light sources like windows. Fujiflex® metal prints are an excellent option for rooms where bright window light is less of an issue.
How big should you go?
The general rule when investing in fine art remains the same- bigger is always better. The most common mistake when purchasing art is buying a piece that is too small for the room, leaving the wall feeling empty. The truth is that small photographs, even if they are beautiful, lack any real impact and tend to be very forgettable. But when that same photograph is produced in a suitably large format, it has the power to transform the room. It instantly makes a bold statement and becomes the main point of focus and conversational topic with your guests. A general rule when hanging art over a mantle, sofa, headboard or other furniture piece is to purchase a size that is roughly two-thirds to three-quarters the width of the furniture. A six-foot wide print is perfect over an eight-foot sofa, whereas a three-foot wide print over the same sofa would look completely lost.
Additionally, tall, narrow walls generally look better with an art piece of similar shape, like a vertical (portrait oriented) print; whereas horizontal walls are generally more aesthetically pleasing with a landscape oriented art piece.
When it comes to placement, one of the biggest mistakes is to mount the artwork too high on the wall. Generally, on an otherwise blank wall, the center of the art piece should be at about eye level (for an average 5 foot 6 inch person) when standing in the room. If mounting over furniture or a mantle, the bottom edge of the art should be approximately 6-12 inches above the top of the furniture. Remember that these are general rules and a little tweaking may be necessary for different situations.
One of the biggest factors in getting the maximum visual impact from your new fine art print is to add some accent lighting, which will make a world of difference in giving your new art piece the attention it deserves. Remember that Lumachrome® acrylics and Fujiflex® metal prints have reactive properties that make them come alive when illuminated with good quality lighting. For an in-depth article all about lighting up your art, click HERE.
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Sometimes visualizing what that new print will look like in your home or office can be tough, but not to worry! Will it be placed over a mantle? A sofa? In your bedroom? Either way, I am here to help.
For a step-by-step guide to find out how you can get a free mockup of your chosen print on a wall in your own home, click HERE.