It happens to all of us: you walk into a store, fall completely in love with some gorgeous piece of art and have to take it home, only to realize that it’s not the right fit. For one reason or another, the wall art just doesn’t look right, and you’re at your wits end trying to figure out how to fill the empty space.
We’re here to help. Read these tips to figure out how to choose wall décor for small spaces and large walls alike.
Choosing a Style
Wall décor can tie a room together and even be the inspiration for a room’s overall theme. If you’re starting with an empty room, find a canvas, print, photography piece, mirror or other wall art that brings you a lot of joy. If it doesn’t bring you joy, the room won’t either.
It’s important to remember that decorating is personal. At the end of the day, your opinion is what matters most. Whether you’re building a room from scratch and using the artwork to establish a color scheme, style and overall aesthetic or simply adding art to an empty space, always pick something that speaks to you. From there, you can make sure that it matches. Chances are, if you like it, it will.
Do you have an idea of where you want your art to go, but you aren’t sure what size to look for? Check out these ground rules on size and placement so you can choose wall décor that will eye-catchingly complete any room, no matter the size.
Wall Décor for Small Spaces
Need to fill an empty space on a narrow wall? Tired of that bare corner staring back at you? You can easily bring small spaces to life by using portrait-orientated wall décor and clustering small items close together into a tiny gallery wall. When searching for the perfect artwork and wall décor for a small spaces, remember this general rule about placement and proportion:
The center point of any art display should be at eye-level and fill 2/3 to 3/4 of the space.
Wall Décor for Large Spaces
Large, empty walls deserve grand and glorious wall décor. If you’re trying to fill space on a large wall, consider purchasing wide, landscape-oriented art that extends along the length of the wall in addition to filling space to the ceiling. This way, your wall décor won’t get lost or look misplaced. In the case of all rooms – but large ones in particular – the bigger the art is, the more of an impact it will make.
You can also use moderately sized artworks in the same theme or color palette to create a stunning gallery wall. Start with a few related pieces that you absolutely love, and then add complementary items to create an overall shape and story that fits the space. Again, as a general rule, fill 2/3 to 3/4 of empty walls with your displays.
Use the Space above Furniture
If you want to make a statement over pieces of furniture – like your couch, desk, or bedframe – just remember this simple rule to ensure it looks right when you’re done:
The artwork you choose should be roughly 3/4 the width of the furniture itself, and it should hang 6 to 12 inches above it.
If you want to create your own gallery wall, just follow the simple steps laid out in this blog post. Trace the items that you want to include so you can pin paper cutouts of each shape to the wall you want to decorate. Play around with the placement of each shape until you fit a layout that looks right. Then hang, and voila! You’ve got a gorgeous gallery wall.
We want to see the creative ways you’ve decided to decorate your walls. Share your gallery walls and favorite works of art with us on Instagram today. Tag @kirklands and #myKirklands and show off your style!