…and who doesn’t
want to make an impact?
Upgrading your artwork to 'supersize' creates a simplistic, clean, & bold statement within your space. Out with visual busyness and hello focal point! There are so many different perks to going big with your art—whether you are furnishing a small studio apartment, your vaulted ceiling condo, or a huge corporate lobby—large scale art done right can wow a crowd in any of these settings.
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If you’re thinking, ‘there is no way I could pull off big artwork in my small space—think again. With the right shape and placement of your art, going big can seem less like a tight squeeze and more like a perfect fit. Pieces that are tall and skinny have the same effect as vertical lines on a dress. Just as that dress performs the illusion that your three inches taller, this shape of artwork can make the ceilings appear higher than they are—actually making your space feel larger rather than smaller. (Quick tip: for small rooms keep the colors of your artwork light and/or bright. Dark colors don’t diffuse light well and can make small spaces feel cramped & heavy.)
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Another fantastic use of large art in smaller rooms is to put an original piece where many may put a headboard. The head of the bed it such a focal point to begin by adding artwork we visually extends the bed as a piece of furniture, bringing the eyes and focus upward. A large piece of art can make a bedroom feel like a boudoir. This has the same effect as an accent wall, turning bland into grand.
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When you are working with a fairly large space or rooms with high ceilings, at least one large piece of artwork is a must. Smaller works of art can lose their ‘oomph’ and be swallowed up by all the negative space around them. Several small pieces can, of course, create one large visual that fills up the room perfectly. However, this sort of ‘many together makes one’ design principle can create a lovely chaos that can easily be balanced with one large piece—achieving a sort of asymmetric harmony within the space as a whole. Every room needs balance…and large artwork balances the smaller elements of a room brilliantly.
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Go Big or Go Home
There's big, and then there's huge. Corporate lobbies are often times one giant expanse of space that undoubtedly needs a large statement piece. As I’ve said before, if original art is used anywhere in a corporate building, the the high traffic nature of the lobby is where it will be most appreciated. Rooms that are super large--based on size alone-- risk the chance of feeling cold or uncomfortable. This is why design elements are put into place...paint, furniture, architectural details, and art are what turn warehouse bones into an inviting space.
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Facilities managers and designers work together to create these beautiful and welcoming environments. In a spaces this large, big artwork is best. This way the aesthetic purpose of art will not go unnoticed or be lost by the sheer size of the space it sits in. Simply put, large art can stand up to large spaces without losing impact...because, as we know, the moral of the story is: Big Art, Big Impact!
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