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.
• 1 Galen's Ad-Hoc Apartment for the Arts
• 2 EricMcFly's Constant Curating
• 3 Arzee's Urban Jungle Oasis
• 4 dp2r's Organized Abode
• 5 Lital's Earth Toned Living Room
• 6 Praveen's High Ceilings
• 7 Summer and Josh's Pumped Up Traditional
• 8 Lori's Eye Popping Neutra
• 9 Jessica and Erik's Cozy Bungalow
• 10 Annie's Logan Square Home
• Using Large-Scale Artwork to Anchor a Room
• Found and Salvaged: Extra-Large Wall Art
• Large-Scale Artwork on a Budget
Photos: Ann Manubay & Dabney Frake, Erin, Arzee, dp2r, Lital, Praveen, Evan Thomas, Lori, Jessica Engeman, Annie