It's an age old question and one that couples often struggle with! So I thought I would share a couple of general 'rules' interior designers use to figure out the correct sizes for hanging portrait artwork and well as how to place art as it relates to the furniture in the room.
RULE ONE: PHOTOGRAPHS ARE OFTEN TOO SMALL-THIINK BIGGER. Here are some general rules for how big the photographs should be. Typically, you want to try to fill as much space on the wall as you can while allowing space around the pieces so they aren't crammed towards the furniture, wall or moulding. Remember, too big is better than too small and if you love something enough, you will find a place for it! The best way to determine the correct size of a portrait for a particular space is to take a photo of your wall and send it to our studio so that we can virtually show you what your images will look like in your home and see how it fits with the size of your space and furniture. Look at what a difference two 8x10's look compared to the better fitting pair of 20x24 images.
RULE TWO: PHOTOGRAPHS HUNG TOO HIGH. You don't want the portraits so high that you cannot see them "eye to eye." Ceiling heights do come into play if they are either very low or very high so you need to adjust both size and heights accordingly. Most people hang artwork too high or too far apart and as a result, it looks lonely on the walls. Looking at the diagram below, we suggest our clients display their portraits at the approximate heights above their furniture.
Let's not forget wall groupings which are a hot trend right now! Smaller photos when grouped can have the same impact as a single large piece of artwork. They can also showcase each of your families personalities! Start with the largest piece in the middle of the wall and surround it with the next largest piece. Hang the smallest ones on the outer edges. Position the pieces no more than five to six inches apart so they don't look disconnected.
And finally, don't be afraid to display your portraits! It's so important to have your family on your walls so that when guests visit your home, they will know what matters most to you!