Here are some tips you can use as a guide when selecting the right size of art for your space:
Match the orientation of your art piece with the orientation of the wall it’s going on. Tall, narrow walls work best with artwork that has been created in a portrait, or vertical orientation, while horizontal walls, often found over sofas or in a hallway, work best with horizontal, or landscape-oriented art work.
Look at the overall wall space you have. For maximum impact, your artwork should take up two-thirds or three-quarters of that space. You can achieve this either through a big piece, or a collection of smaller pieces.
Be sure not to hang pieces too high or too low. Consider if you’ll usually be sitting or standing in the space, and centre the art piece to eye level accordingly (approximately 155cm or ) to the center of the art piece is best.
When hanging art over a piece of furniture, such as a console or sofa, aim for the art to take up about three-quarters of the width of the furniture. Leave 20-30cm between the base of the frame and the top of the furniture.
If you are hanging a collection of art pieces, you can mix paintings and photography, black-and-white with colour, and different orientations to create a gallery wall. Play with the layout, arranging it on the floor first. To start with, choose two – four pieces hung in the centre at the same height to establish a focal point, and fill in from there.
For a less formal arrangement, try hanging pieces to the left or right of center. This can work for singular pieces, for example when placing art above furniture, or when creating a grouping of pieces – you can have one central artwork and build the collection to the left or right of that piece.