I have a decorating dilemma and I thought you might have this same issue too. I have a fabulous painting done by a local DC artist called Paris On The Seine. I love it so much I used the colors in it as inspiration to decorate my living room. Like I often do, I wanted to move some things around in my living room and that included the painting. Its new home is now over my sofa. HOWEVER, the image looked rather small when it was hung. But it also brought some beautiful life to that area of my living room! So let’s talk about what to do when a piece of art is too small for an area and how to make it look bigger!
The painting lived above the Curlacue chest for a few years, but I replaced it with a chippy white mirror.
I wanted to keep the painting in the living room so I traded out a gilded mirror and hung the painting above the sofa.
The painting was just a little squat for the wall… I love big pieces of art. So to give it more visual weight and some much needed height t I added white ironstone plates to the top of it. The white ironstone works with my decor and doesn’t interfere with my neutral color scheme. The plates “stretch” the painting’s height and draw the eye up.
I’m living with just the two plates until the weekend to see how I feel about them. But I’m thinking about adding more white ironstone to look like this…
What do you think?
Here’s how to make wall art look bigger if it is really a little too small…
- surround it with other art
- fill up the area with plates
- put small mirrors on the wall around the art
- hang sconces or lanterns beside it
- paint a larger “frame” on the wall using a coordinating paint color and hand the painting in it
- Add a large, empty frame and put a painting in it
- hang a painting from big and interesting hardware
What are some ways you would make a painting or wall art look bigger? Please share!
You can see the painting HERE
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