How to Determine the Appropriate Size Portrait for Your Home

This is one of the most frequently asked questions, and a very important one to answer correctly in order to achieve beautiful portrait decor. A common misconception is that an 11x14 print size is a BIG portrait. That is just not the case. Have you ever placed a single 11x14 alone on a big wall? It just doesn't have quite the impact your beautiful portrait deserves. When choosing the size for your decor, you want to select a size that will enhance the space it is displayed in but does not clutter or crowd the space. Allow this simple guide to assist you in the proper planning of the appropriate placement of your portraits.

1. First decide which room in your home you would like to display your portrait or portraits.

2. Should you happen to decide that your portrait would hang well over your fireplace, consider this simple rule of design: Art hanging over the fireplace must be equal or greater in size to the opening of the fireplace itself, not the mantle.

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3. Wall art needs to be appropriate to the size of the furniture. A general rule to follow when hanging portraiture over a couch is that the bottom length of the frame should not exceed 75%-80% of the length of the piece of furniture. The base of the frame should be hung no more than 8-10 inches above the piece.

4. When hanging a portrait on a designated wall, the portrait should occupy a minimum of 50% of the available space.

5. You should be able to walk into a room and see the people in the portrait halfway in. You should never have to walk up to a portrait in order to see who is in it. If you do, it has lost its impact.

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