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Where Should Art Be Placed In A Room

Creating the perfect atmosphere in a room involves a lot of planning, prioritizing, and thought about what furniture, colors, and decor will go together. One of the ways to make a room stand out is by adding art. Knowing where to place artwork in a room could be the difference between having a bland atmosphere to a bright, welcoming place.

Different elements such as height and size of the artwork, colors, natural and ambient lighting, awkward spaces, and the styling of the room all need to be taken into consideration when deciding where to place art in a room.

Height and Size of Artwork

The size and height of artwork helps determine the most suitable place for it in a room. If the art is a larger size and taller, then it would be suitable to hang it fairly high on the wall, such as anywhere from 6-8 feet high.

When using smaller pieces of art, it would be suitable to hang it around eye level, which is typically measured at 5 – 8 feet.

Hanging art too low, such as by a sofa or chair can make it look disproportionately, while hanging it too high would make it look too insignificant. Therefore, it is important to find the right balance of size and height to hang the artwork at to create the right atmosphere. When picking out artwork that involves multiple or a series of art pieces, it is important to plan out the spacing between them to make the room feel and look balanced.

One way to calculate the correct measurements is to measure the entire space of wall between the two where the artwork will be hung and divide it by the number of pieces to determine the spacing between them.

Colors of the Artwork

The colors in the artwork of a room can make all the difference. To ensure the colors of the artwork will stand out, it is important to find the color contrast in the room.

Having artwork that is the same color as the wall or the other furniture will make the art less noticeable and look flat. To create a bright, colorful atmosphere, artwork that has brighter colors such as reds, yellows, and blues works to balance the dull colors in the room. The colors both in the artwork and the room will be the same, making it look structured and formal.

A great way to create a modern, interesting atmosphere is by combining both bright and dull colors to create a dynamic space.

Natural and Ambient Lighting

Proper lighting is also important when hanging art in a room. Natural light is best when displaying artwork in a room due to its intensity and visibility.

However, if it is not possible to make use of natural light, ambient lighting is essential. Ambient lighting should be used make the artwork more visible, especially if the art is a darker color. Mirroring the natural light, such as having extra table lamps and Led lights in the room can help to highlight the artwork and bring out the colors and texture of the art.

Awkward Spaces

Creating a room with a balanced and comfortable look can be more difficult with awkward spaces. Awkward spaces are the ones that are hard to fill, such as corners or hallways. For example, if a corner is surrounded by a furniture piece on the left and right, then that means the only place to put art on the wall is where the two pieces intersect.

This can leave a very a small gap making it an ‘awkward’ space to fill. These spaces can still be filled with art, however the artwork should be relatively small and instead framed art should be hung to fill in an entire wall.

Styling the Room

The styling of the entire room should be taken into consideration when deciding where to place art. If the room is a modern, minimalistic style then it would not be suitable to place large or a lot of artwork in the room. The brightness and minimal use of color in the room will complement the art but having multiple pieces would be too much for the room aesthetically.

On the other hand, if a room has more of a bohemian or eclectic style, then larger, bolder pieces of artwork with bright textures, using a mix of color would bring the whole room together.


Team the right balance for size, height, and style when deciding where to place artwork in a room. Natural, stabilized light can also make the art stand out and bring the room together.

When using unusual spaces, frame art is easily and can be used to fill in the gaps. With the right balance and understanding of the room and its elements, having art in the room can bring a bright, creative atmosphere.

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