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How big should a frame be on a wall

Filling your wall space with art sometimes seems daunting, but there are some simple ways to determine what size frames you should buy for your different wall spaces. You want the art to be noticeable but not overwhelming. Think about where people are likely to stand when viewing the art inside the frame as well as how big your wall is. Instead of taking the whole wall into account, consider only the sections needing a focal point, such as above a sofa or fireplace.

So, let’s start with just 2 simple rules that will help you pick the right size of wall art for your space and enhance your decor skills. 

1) Wall art should take up 60%- 75% of the available wall space, i.e wall space that isn’t covered by furniture or moldings. Start by measuring the width and height of your wall and then multiply them by both 0.60 and 0.75. This will give you the range of picture sizes that will suit the space. For example: If you have a blank wall that is 9 feet tall and 5 feet wide, you would multiply both 9 and 5 by 0.6 and 0.75. The ideal height of the frame would be between 5.4 to 6.75 and the ideal width would between 3 feet and 3.75 feet.

2) When hanging wall art over furniture, such as a bed, a fireplace or a couch, it should be between 2/3 to 3/4 of the width of the furniture. You can do a similar calculation here for measuring the ideal frame size above your couch for example. Let’s say your couch is 6 feet wide, multiply 6 by 0.66 and 0.75. Thus, a picture between 3.6 feet and 4.5 feet wide fit wonderfully above the couch.

Pro Tip:  At Ion Acrylics, we can create any size frame you want so determine the optimal size and you can have that size. You don't have to conform to the standard size frames. 


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