How to Properly Measure and Size Art for Your Available Wall Space

June 26, 2016  •  4 Comments

HOW TO MEASURE & SIZE FOR NEW ARTWORK

Wild Horse Fine Art by Tim Layton "Winter Splendor" timlaytonwildhorses.comWild Horse Fine Art by Tim Layton "Winter Splendor" timlaytonwildhorses.com The right-size artwork is proportional to your wall and surrounding furniture or fixtures.

When selecting a new piece of art for your environment, size is nearly as important as the composition and quality of the art.

An improperly sized piece of art can either overwhelm a room or allow the room to overwhelm the art, neither of which is aesthetically pleasing.

In this article, I will give you the tools to help determine the size of the finished art that you need for your space.  If you still have questions, feel free to email me and I am happy to help.

You are welcome to connect with me on my personal Facebook account where I provide behind the scenes updates for my friends and family that I don't share anywhere else.

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Step 1 - Measure the L and W of Available Wall Space

Measure the length and width of the wall where you want to hang your new art. If it is going over a sofa, bench, couch or any other piece of furniture, only measure the open wall space, from the top of the furniture to the ceiling rather than from floor to ceiling.

Step 2 - Anything Else Already on the Wall?

Account for what is on the wall already when deciding on a size for the art. Artwork hung over furniture should be less than 75 percent of the width of the furniture. For example, a fine art print over an 84-inch-long sofa should be 63 inches wide or less. Artwork hung over a fireplace tends to look best when the artwork is as wide as the opening of the fireplace (no matter the size of the mantel).

Step 3 - Using The 3/8 Rule

Follow the three-eighths rule. When working with an otherwise empty wall, the general rule is to choose a piece that will leave empty space in the amount of three-eighths of the width of the art on each side. This means that you can determine the perfect size artwork by multiplying the width of the wall by 0.57.  For example, a blank wall that is 120 inches wide (10 feet) requires a piece of finished art that is around 68 inches wide. When working with nonstandard-shaped painting (like a circle), use the widest point of the piece. With this same example wall, a circular canvas would need to be 68 inches in diameter to work on a 120-inch-wide wall.

Step 4 - Calculate Space for More Than One Piece of Art

Calculate the space between artwork if you’ll be hanging more than one piece of art. This includes hanging art over furniture, a fireplace or on a blank wall. When choosing art to hang next to an existing piece, the space between the two should be included when using the ratios described above. For example, if you need to cover 68 inches of the wall with artwork to meet the three-eighths rule, subtract the width of the existing piece plus the space you plan to leave between the current painting and the new one from the 68 inches. If you have a 24-inch-wide piece hanging and plan to leave 4 inches of space, the new artwork should be 40 inches wide (68 - 24 - 4 = 40).

Helpful Tips

Always work with finished sizes.  For canvas, metal and acrylic artwork, the finished size is the size of the image. For fine art prints, there is almost always a mat and frame which must be accounted for in your size calculations.  The height of the piece is more flexible than the width when choosing the correct size artwork for your space.

You can follow the three-eighths rule (step 3), although deviations from this are more forgiving with the height of a piece than they are with the width. To see what will look best, make cardboard cutouts in several heights and the predetermined width. Tack these against the wall to see what looks best.

If you really love a piece of art that isn't working for your current available space, then consider rearranging a room or whatever you need to do so the art will work for you.

I offer Free Art Consultations to help you figure out the best size and details for any piece of artwork that I create.

You can contact me and share a couple of dates, times, and your best phone number and then I will confirm a date and time for our meeting. I can do Facetime video or Zoom meetings, if you would like to share your space with me as we work through designing your new artwork together.

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Tim Layton Holding "New Life" Wild Horses of Missouri B&W Silver Gelatin PrintTim Layton Holding "New Life" Wild Horses of Missouri B&W Silver Gelatin Print If you love horses, join my Free Wild Horse Journal where I bring you behind the scenes in my darkroom and studio and provide my latest updates and special offers.  Current members are automatically entered for a chance to win one of my wild horse fine art gallery prints every month.  

Join me and other horse lovers from around the world in my Wild Horses of North America Facebook Group.  I share behind the scenes photos and videos in the group that you won't see anywhere else.

I am starting to do Live Video Broadcasts from my new studio and darkroom while I am working and making prints and even doing live art shows too.  I will be making my big 30x40 and 40x50 silver gelatin wild horse prints and also platinum and palladium too.  You can connect with me live on my new YouTube Channel, and in the Darkroom Underground Facebook Group, and the Wild Horses of North America Facebook Group.

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HISTORY OF THE WILD HORSES OF SHANNON COUNTY MISSOURI

8/1/20 - Shawnee Creek Mare - Wild Horses of Missouri by Tim Layton8/1/20 - Shawnee Creek Mare - Wild Horses of Missouri by Tim Layton Shannon County is home to an extraordinary herd of wild horses that very few people know about. Hidden away in Southeast Missouri in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways on public land about 130 miles from Springfield and 150 miles from St. Louis, 4 herds of wild horses roam the beautiful and rugged landscape. 

Ozark National Scenic Riverways is the first national park area to protect a river system and the only place in the state where wild horses still roam free.

It hasn't been an easy path for the wild horses over the last 100 years and it would be foolish to think current conditions couldn't change and put the horses back in danger again. 

During the 1980s the National Park Service announced a plan to remove the wild horses, and people were outraged. 

In 1993 the U.S. Supreme Court denied a final appeal to protect the horses and gave the National Park Service the right to remove the horses from federal land at their discretion.  

The national park service started the process of removing the wild horses in a way that was profoundly upsetting to local residents and horse lovers around the country.  The people of Shannon County and horse lovers around the country rallied together and the Wild Horse League of Missouri was formed.

Wild Horses of Shannon County Missouri by Tim LaytonWild Horses of Shannon County Missouri by Tim Layton Luckily, by 1996 the Wild Horse League of Missouri, which formed in 1992 to save the wild horses, received help from the people of Shannon County, Congressman Bill Emerson, and Senators Kit Bond and John Ashcroft.

Their tireless efforts paid off, and President Clinton signed a bill into law on October 3, 1996, to make the wild horses of Shannon County a permanent part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.  

Now, people from around the world visit Shannon County Missouri in hopes of seeing these majestic wild horses.

The Missouri Wild Horse League works with the National Park Service to capture some of the horses when the herd exceeds the maximum agreed upon limit of 50 horses.  The captured horses are taken into care and evaluated before being adopted by loving families for permanent homes.

It is important to remember that these horses are wild. When looking for them, be sure not to approach them or attempt to feed them. It is essential to keep these animals wild and free, and for you to be safe. The horses are big, strong, and unpredictable and for your own safety as well as theirs, keep a safe distance of 100 yards or more between you and the horses. 

 

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Ohh I'm obsessed with collecting oil reproductions from of famous paintings, but choosing the right side has always been a problem for me. I believe I used to spend more time on this than on deciding what artwork I'd like to buy :) Anyways, your article is very helpful, thank you!!
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