While gallery walls have swept the nation (I have one myself in my own home that I love), it seems there’s a growing trend of using oversized art to make a huge impact. And it’s easy to see why – with large statement pieces, you can set the mood for an entire space and set the stage for the rest of your room.

big art bijou and boheme

There’s a misconception that you need to have huge rooms with sky-high ceilings to carry off large artwork but that’s not at all true. Interior designers have known for years the secrets of playing with scale. A large over-sized piece, out of scale with the rest of the room has the opposite effect – it can actually make a space look larger, not smaller! Using a huge piece of art actually tricks your eye into thinking the room is bigger than it really is.

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jason caroll living room

For those nervous of adding colour, a piece of art will bring colour and movement to a neutral room. The most important aspect of choosing art, of course, is that you need to love it. A big piece will draw your eye but it doesn’t have to swallow a room whole. Choosing a piece that you are emotionally drawn to can be the start of a beautiful colour scheme.

big art eclectic style

Large canvases are your best bet as they are lighter than framed pieces making them much easier to hang. And consider creating your own art – pick up the largest canvas you can find from a hobby shop, choose a few colours of paint and get creative.

big art inspiration

You can see the difference that a larger piece has made in my own home. I’d picked up this little vintage bar cart from eBay for a song but the print above it just wasn’t giving the piece the impact I desired. I picked up the largest canvas my local Dunelm Mill carried and a box of acrylic paints and created my own abstract painting. The larger piece makes such a difference and instantly draws the eye to one of my favourite pieces. In this case, bigger was definitely better.

barcart before after

Another inexpensive idea is to blow up a high resolution digital photograph to lifesize (or bigger).  I loved Christine Dovey of Bijou and Boheme‘s take in her son’s room. The photo is simply hung with clips, giving it a modern, casual approach.

big art childs room

So after all this inspiration, are you ready to add some big art to your own space?  What kind of art do you love?

Image credits:  1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9

While gallery walls have swept the nation (I have one myself in my own home that I love), it seems there’s a growing trend of using oversized art to make a huge impact.  And it’s easy to see why – with large statement pieces, you can set the mood for an entire space and set the stage for the rest of your room.

Big Art Inspiration

There’s a misconception that you need to have huge rooms with sky-high ceilings to carry off large artwork but that’s not at all true.  Interior designers have known for years the secrets of playing with scale.  A large over-sized piece, out of scale with the rest of the room has the opposite effect – it can actually make a space look larger, not smaller!  Using a huge piece of art actually tricks your eye into thinking the room is bigger than it really is.

Big Art from Sketch42

 

jason caroll living room

For those nervous of adding colour to a room, a piece of art will bring colour and movement to a neutral room.  The most important aspect of choosing art of course is that you need to love it.  A big piece will draw your eye but it doesn’t have to swallow a room whole.  Choosing a piece that you are emotionally drawn to can be the start of a beautiful colour scheme.

big art eclectic style

 

Large canvases are your best bet as they are lighter than framed pieces making them much easier to hang.  And consider creating your own DIY art – pick up the largest canvas you can find from a hobby shop, choose a few colours of paint and get creative.

diy big art inspiration

You can see the difference that a larger piece has made in my own home.  I’d picked up this little vintage bar cart from eBay for a song but the print above it just wasn’t giving the piece the impact I desired.  I picked up the largest canvas my local Dunelm Mill carried and a box of acrylic paints and created my own abstract painting.  The larger piece makes such a difference and instantly draws the eye to one of my favourite pieces.  In this case, bigger was definitely better.

barcart before after

Another inexpensive idea is to blow up a high resolution digital photograph to lifesize (or bigger).   I loved Christine Dovey of Bijou and Boheme‘s take in her son’s room.  The photo is simply hung with clips, giving it a modern, casual approach.

big art childs room

 

So after all this inspiration, are you ready to add some big art to your own space?  What kind of art do you love?

 

Image credits:  1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9

 

By Kimberly Duran on 27.03.13

Guest Contributor

2 responses to “Big Art Inspiration”

  1. Yes yes yes, love me big statement art! I’ve picked up a huge canvas to do for the bedroom when I get some time :)

  2. Fantastic! Can’t wait to see what you come up with, Meera! x

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