Large Art in Small Spaces

Large Art in Small Spaces

Sarah Coffey
Apr 5, 2010
Ever wonder why advertisers use 6-foot images in bus shelters or billboard-sized ads in subway stations? Part of the reason is that scaling up in a small space can be really effective. The same thing works at home, as you can see in the first photo above, where a huge image of a laughing girl gives an entryway a distinct personality. Large art can be the defining element of a small space, tying together a color scheme and creating a single focal point that anchors the other items in the room. It can be anything: a painting, a map, found signage, or a rug hung on the wall. When choosing large art for a room, the most important thing is that you love it. As a central piece, it sets the tone for everything else and you want to choose something that reflects your personal taste and style. We've pulled together a few examples of people who have used large art effectively in small spaces. Though media and styles vary widely, these artworks fit in will with their rooms and act as a strong center of gravity around which furniture and accessories revolve. FIRST ROW1 Galen's Ad-Hoc Apartment for the Arts2 EricMcFly's Constant Curating3 Arzee's Urban Jungle Oasis4 dp2r's Organized Abode5 Lital's Earth Toned Living Room SECOND ROW6 Praveen's High Ceilings7 Summer and Josh's Pumped Up Traditional8 Lori's Eye Popping Neutra9 Jessica and Erik's Cozy Bungalow10 Annie's Logan Square Home RELATED POSTSUsing Large-Scale Artwork to Anchor a RoomFound and Salvaged: Extra-Large Wall ArtLarge-Scale Artwork on a Budget Photos: Ann Manubay & Dabney Frake, Erin, Arzee, dp2r, Lital, Praveen, Evan Thomas, Lori, Jessica Engeman, Annie
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