Why an 8 x IO portrait shouldn't be over your sofa

 8x10? Everyone is familiar with the 8x10 photograph. And because everyone is familiar with the 8x10, they want that size, even if it's not the best choice for their home/decor.  Did you know we help you choose the best size portrait for your home and your decor? Helping you choose the best size wall art is part of our Design Consultation Service at  Rebecca LaChance Artistic Portraits.

8x10? Everyone is familiar with the 8x10 photograph. And because everyone is familiar with the 8x10, they want that size, even if it's not the best choice for their home/decor.  Did you know we help you choose the best size portrait for your home and your decor? Helping you choose the best size wall art is part of our Design Consultation Service at Rebecca LaChance Artistic Portraits.

The basics of portrait size

As I get to know you and understand what you're looking for in a portrait, I can help you choose the correct size for display. Let's talk about the size of portraits for your walls.

Interior decorators suggest that your wall art should fill 60% to 80% of open wall space.  If your sofa is 72 inches long and you have 5 feet between the ceiling and top of the sofa, you have a large space to fill.  You could reasonably hang a 40-inch x 36-inch portrait (60%) or a 48-inch x 60-inch portrait (80%'ish).

But who wants to do the math? 

What about proportions?  Well, proportion depends on where your standing (or sitting) when you're looking at your wall art. Ideally, you want the face to be between the size of your fist or the flat of your hand.

Good ahead, stand back and put your fist up to gauge the size of your portrait. I'll wait for you. Oops, did your fist cover the entire portrait? That's a good indicator the portrait is too small. Oh great...don't you wish you'd known that before you purchased the portrait?

But who wants to walk back and forth trying to gauge the correct size of a portrait with their hand?

The easier way to choose the correct portrait size

Ahhh, here is some sweet relief for you. 

In our Design Consultation Service, your favorite portraits are presented to you just as if you were at the cinema.  Your faves are projected onto a wall so you can see exactly what they will look like in your home.  And you'll be seated at the perfect viewing distance.

We'll start with the largest size available and slowly decrease the size to find what will work for you.  How do you know when the size is approaching "too small" for your wall art?

  • Watch the whites of the eyes of the adults in the portrait.  As the whites get smaller and disappear you will lose the "spark" of the person.
  • Are children in the portrait?  As the portraits get smaller, the children start losing distinctive features and are "lost".

Choosing the best sizes of wall art for your home - just one more distinctive service we offer you.