Does size matter?

September 02, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Hello everyone,
 

Hope all is well and everyone had a great Labor Day Weekend!  Did anyone get rained out during your holiday plans?  The weather was really spotty around here.  The tractor pulls on Saturday at the Saline Community Fair got rained out but it didn't rain at all here at the house and we're only 4 miles away

Here in Michigan the day after Labor Day is the first day back to school, how many parents out there were looking forward to this day???  I know that usually by the end of summer the kids are really ready to go back whether they know it or not.  lol  Here's to all that are back to school, hope it's a great year for you and your parents!

Now on with the blog subject: DOES SIZE MATTER?

What size would you call a large print?  What size would you say would be appropriate for over your sofa or fireplace?  I find that most people feel that 8 x 10 and/or 11 x 14 are large prints, but if you were to put it on the wall over the sofa, fireplace or even a love seat it would look out of place, almost like a speck on the wall instead of portrait artwork.  Even doing a collage of three images of 11 x 14 together may not fill the space.  In the examples of what different sizes would look like over a typical sofa and fireplace, you will see how the different sizes might look like in your home. 

The samples are scaled with a typical size sofa and fireplace.  Some are with canvas gallery wraps and then some with matted framed portraits.  With the canvas’ they are the stated image size.  The samples with the framed portraits, the portraits are the stated size with additional size added with matting and frame.  So the framed 11 x 14 portrait includes a 1.5” mat and frame so the total size is 16 x 20 and the 20 x 30 portrait includes a 2” mat and frame for a the total size of 26 x 36.

 

Lets start with an 11 x 14 portrait print with a 1.5" mat plus frame so the total size is 16" x 20" which looks out of place.

couch-11x14couch-11x14The image is 11x14 with mat and frame the total size is 16 x 20.

Below is an 20 x 30 portrait print with 2" mat plus frame for a total size of 26" x 36", which looks more appealing.

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Below has three 11 x 14 canvas gallery wraps in portrait format, which is some better but still looks somewhat unbalanced.

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This one shows 20 x 30 canvas gallery wrap in the center with two 16 x 20 canvas', one on each side which looks more balanced.

 

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Now lets look at images over a fireplace, first we have an 11 x 14 canvas gallery wrap which it looks a bit lost.

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Next with a 20 x 30 canvas gallery wrap over the fireplace which looks allot better.

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This next one is displaying a 20 x 30 portrait with mat and frame for a total size of 26 x 36 over the fireplace, which looks very nice especially if you prefer framed portraits over canvas gallery wraps.

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If you noticed the smallest portrait example that I showed was the 11 x 14, not any with an 8 x 10, so just imagine how tiny an 8 x 10 would look.

I think you will agree that size really does matter.  Hope this gives you insight to what size of portraits or artwork would work for your home.  What size would look best in your home?

Thanks for visiting my blog and have a great day!

~Bonnie Fiser

 


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