5 Things to Consider When Choosing Wall Art

December 14, 2021

5 Things to Consider When Choosing Wall Art

Wall Grouping of portraits of a couple in the fall in a warm ethno living room with big comfortable leather couch and metal furniture.Wall Art by Rebecca Peterman PhotographyWall grouping of portraits of a couple in the fall .

1) What room do you spend the most time in?

The room you spend the most time in as a family can be a wonderful choice for your wall art so that you can see it often.

2) What about public areas of the home?

You may have heard that portraits should only be hung in private areas of the home and that public areas are for art only and items that match your décor or that you don't want to have eyes looking at you while you are entertaining.  Those are myths.  We work with you and your designer to create art pieces that fit with your existing décor and are worthy of hanging anywhere.  Your family is the most precious thing in your home, shouldn't it be the thing that visitors see first?

3) How large should a piece be?

That depends on both where you will hang it and the art itself.  For example, the standard sofa is about 86 inches while the average fireplace is only 42 inches.  a 40" print looks great over a fireplace, but may be too small if not hung in a grouping when placed over a sofa.  That being said, you also want to consider the subjects in the art piece itself.  Faces should be 5"-8" in a portrait so they can be "read" from any position in the room.  Think about the last time your tried to see a clock that was too small or hung too high or too far across a large room and how frustrating that was.  You don't want that same feeling every time you look at a portrait of your loved ones.  Knowing where you plan to put your portrait helps us to photograph it with the right orientation (portrait or landscape) and the right amount of the environment around it. A desk portrait that will be printed as an 11x14 might look good as a headshot or 3/4 length individual portrait, but a 70" print to go over the sofa would look better as a full length family portrait with the subjects artistically placed within an environmental setting.  Your Style & Planning Consultation is the crucial step in the process where we make these decisions to plan your perfect portrait size.

4) What about the colors in the portrait?

Another thing reason to choose the final location of your portrait early in the process is so that you can choose clothing and a backdrop or environment that contains the same colors as the colors in your home.  Your portrait should fit with your existing décor and enhance it, not detract from it, just as the décor should not detract from the portrait.

5) Should I hang one piece or a wall grouping?

Both are great choices!  It depends on what fits your style and how you want to enjoy your portraits.  A single impact portrait is a showstopper.  It will catch your attention and that of your guests and be a focal point in the room.  It's great for those who are always busy and running in and out of the house to remind you each time you pass of the important people inside.  A wall grouping can still have a showstopper piece, but might also smaller pieces that can only be fully enjoyed by getting closer and spending a little more time.  It's great for those who like to linger over their images while relaxing and reminiscing.


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