From a personal standpoint, I’d rather see a room have a piece of wall art that’s on the larger size, as opposed to being undersized and underwhelming. Art is meant to be admired and appreciated. If you have something hanging that’s difficult to see, it doesn’t leave a lot of room for admiration.
For whatever reason, people tend to become cautious when approaching oversized art. One reason may be price (of course, I have the hook-up on great deals even on large pieces via Leftbank Art!) Another reason may be because the term “oversized” is scary in and of itself.
I think people are afraid an expansive piece of wall art is going to dwarf the rest of the room or feel overwhelming. In reality, very large pieces are a great addition to most spaces, even small ones.
A few tips for choosing oversized art include keeping the rest of the room minimal. If you have your eye on a bold, colorful piece of art, by keeping the rest of the room design simple, the art is going to add a ton of visual interest. If you don’t want to have a piece of large art that looks like it’s just floating in the middle of the room, use it in conjunction with another piece of furniture. A sofa or table can provide an anchor that will ground it in the space.
Another unique option with oversized art is to let it be propped against the wall or on a table, rather than hanging. Lamps Plus has a great new display option, as well. The Jonathan Adler Bristol Floor Lamp Easel in Polished Nickel is a new fav!
The more colorful a piece, the more attention it’s going to get. If you have a room where there’s already a lot of color, pattern or texture happening, balance it with a piece of art that’s black and white or has a simple color palette.
Here are some designs where oversized art is the focal point, and it works really well with the rest of the room: