Finding the right wall art for a large living space is such a challenge. Trust me, I have been trying to find the perfect art for my mantle for what seems like 2 years. I started renovating my house right when I closed and the mantle was one of the first things to go. It wasn’t until earlier this year that my dad and I built a mantle to fit the space perfectly. That meant it was time to find a piece of art worth of such a fine mantle! 🙂 I started browsing the Minted site in search of something perfect for the holidays. The ceiling height was so high I wasn’t sure what was going to look best so I was put in contact with an amazing art stylist. They made it extremely easy to know exactly what will fit the space the best. She even sent over renderings to show how the space would look with the actual art work in place.
Finding art for such a large space can really be a stressful and daunting task. I wanted to get a post together with some tips that I found helpful when trying to figure out what would work with a large, monochromatic space.
First, figure out the size of the space you are working with. If this is specifically for a mantle then you are going to need something that will adequately fit the space. I always like to suggest gallery walls if you have a larger open wall but mantles are a different beast altogether. If you choose art that is too small then the space is going to overwhelm such a small piece. On the other hand, if you choose something too large then it could overwhelm the room and make the space look smaller and cramped. Larger is most likely always the better choice.
I ended up choosing one large piece to fit the entire space and then another smaller piece to tie in all of my other decor. My ceilings are so high that I needed something that wouldn’t leave too much space above the print itself.
Second, pay attention to the decor and color palette you already have in place. You want the new art to accentuate what is already in place. No one wants to have to go buy new decor just to fit a new piece of art. My home is very neutral so I didn’t want something with any color unless it was very subtle which is why I added in a slight pop of color with the stockings.
Third, find a frame. This is also something I am awful at so I am extremely glad Minted had the option to work with an art stylist. My mantle space is so narrow and tall we both decided that a slim frame would be the best for each print. I didn’t want battling frame sizes so I went with one of the smallest sizes possible. If you are only having one piece on your mantle then I definitely suggest going with a little thicker frame.
Fourth, have a budget. Art can be extremely expensive and frames could be even more than the art itself. If you are on a tighter budget I highly suggest figuring out the exact size you need and then finding a standard sized frame that would also fit. That way, you can purchase unframed art and frame it yourself.
Fifth, make a gallery wall. I know this post was talking a lot about over the mantle art work but I wanted to incorporate a little talk about a gallery wall since those still apply to large living spaces. Gallery walls are one of the most popular trends for art these days. Sadly, a lot of people aren’t sure how to achieve them. All of the rules above definitely apply. There are many ways to create an organized gallery wall even if you hang random decor in the mix. Whichever layout you want to work with, plan it all out on the floor first. Get all of the appropriate measurements of the wall and your art, frames, decor, etc. to plan everything out before you start putting holes in the wall. If the art work is light-weight then I suggest using command hooks to hang art. Easy to put up and easy to clean up!
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