Does size really matter? Yes. Yes, it does.
A recent client has asked for my advice on which size canvas to order for above their fireplace. So while I am helping them make the right decision for their home, I decided to share the examples with the rest of you. (side note: this is not their actual fireplace but one I use to demonstrate scale)
Here is my first example. Decent size and the family won’t be too tiny from far away. Still, when I look at it I wish it was a grouping with additional canvases on the side.
In fact, I have a canvas of my family in this size and once I hung it on the wall above a side table…I really wished I had ordered it bigger. So I did exactly what I mentioned above. I made it a grouping of cavases. Thank you to Crista Acosta Photography for the beautiful photos of my family. Forgive the quality of this quick snap.
So now let’s look at going one step larger…to try to fill the wall a bit more. Beautiful, no? It definitely fills the space and while you could add additonal photos on the sides…it doesn’t necessarily need it. It stands on its own and highlights the family.
Let’s just go a little bit crazy today and look at an even BIGGER canvas. WOW, that makes a statement, doesn’t it? A family photo that demands your attention.
Now you notice that I have not mentioned the sizes of these canvases. Do you want to take a guess on the first one that was perhaps too small for the space? 8×10? 11×14? Nope. That canvas is 16×20! Now I know that sounds huge in your head…really, 16×20? But look again at the example…do you still think it is HUGE?
The second canvas is a 20×30…would that size have ever crossed your mind before this post? Doesn’t it look amazing?
The third canvas is a 30×40. I can tell you for sure that after our family session this year (which I am totally excited about!)…I will not be ordering a 16×20 of my favorite image. Go BIG people!
And in case you are still stuck on traditional sizes that you are more familiar with…the first image below shows an 11×14 canvas above the fireplace and the second one is a tiny 8×10. It is almost laughable, isn’t it?
Another way to debate a size in your home or to help with a wall layout is to grab some butcher paper, old paper bags or even wrapping paper with a marker and a measuring tape. Measure out the various sizes, cut them out…and hang them on your wall where you are imagining your wall display. Now go sit on your couch with a cup of coffee (or glass of wine) in hand. Does it make the impact that you want? Does it get lost on the wall? Do you feel the need to add more images? Is it too big or too small for the space? The nice thing about paper is that you can keep moving it and are not making unnecessary holes in your wall as you change your display multiple times because it just isn’t quite right!
I have never had a client wish they had ordered a smaller size – usually the regret is in not ordering a bigger one.