Wall Art: Designing Small Spaces
When it comes to design, size doesn’t matter! Wether you are living in an apartment, condo, small home you can maximize your space and make a bold statement with dazzling wall art.
Choosing the right wall art for a small space can be overwhelming. We have come up with some helpful tips for you to make the most of your small space.
Size up your room
If you have high or vaulted ceilings than the bigger the better. You can choose a vertical print or a series of prints to really accentuate the height of the room. If your ceilings are low, you may want to consider a landscape layout. This will call attention to width as opposed to height and can make your room feel more spacious. Measure your wall and fit your wall art to mimic the shape. For instance, tall thin vertical walls look great with similar shaped prints.
TWO Designer’s Rules when Hanging Wall Art
- Your artwork should take up two-thirds to three-fourths of the wall
- When hanging your work over furniture,the art should be three-fourths the width of the furniture and hung 6″-12″ above the top.
Make a Bold Statement
Choose one bold large print as a focal point. A large metal print is a great option here. This creates a sense of drama in a room and gives the illusion of something bigger. A common mistake in choosing wall art for small spaces is going too small! A large metal print can be a defining element in a small space. You can choose a print that coordinates with the other colors in your room. Another great tip is to make the art your inspiration point for the rest of the room. This way you build your other design elements around your wall art. For example, if you are choosing pop art, add accents and colours that highlight rather than detract from the work. As well, make sure to choose an image that really makes you happy to look at because it will be the central piece in the room.
Create a Light Airy Feel with Wall Art
If your space is small and dark, a gallery series of acrylic prints can open up your space by adding light and color. Acrylic prints are more luminous and intense compared to any other medium. Your colours will be more vivid, more glossy and with better contrast. Acrylic pictures are often found in art galleries, modern condo buildings and photography studios; but recently have made their way to people homes. In fact, most home interior decorators wouldn’t complete their project without custom size Acrylic prints. Try a gallery layout. Gallery walls are playful and eye-catching. To plan your gallery, first layout the artwork out on the floor and measure the total groupings height and width. When you hang it make sure it follows the designers tips above. There are also a lot of online sites that can provide you with different and creative layouts for your gallery wall art. Or instead of a traditional gallery take one image and break it up into pieces. This adds not only color, but added interest and can create an abstract and thus more modern look.
Don’t be Afraid of Color
Another design trick for small spaces is to choose sharp bold colors as opposed to muted colors or pastels. Strategically placed splashes of color bring excitement and depth to a room. According to expert designers, vivid color combinations will enhance a space, making it feel more open. Mix colorful plaids, bright yellows, electric blues, and purples . Make sure to allow plenty of space between your colors. Meaning have some negative wall space to really give contrast. And all design experts will agree that you should incorporate one object that is black. This will help ground your space as well as call attention to all the other colors in the room. Black can also be incorporated into your wall art.
Take your time and visualize the kind of space you want to live in. Truly, size does not matter. Choosing the right wall art can turn even the smallest of rooms into an impressive, stylish and dynamic interior .