Deciding On Size & Space For An Artwork

Whether you are trying to hang canvas art or a large painting, choosing the right artwork size and the appropriate space to put it in is not an easy feat. Many factors come into play, such as deciding on the preference of color, making sure it is compatible with the interior design around it, and the available room size. How does one determine what artwork suits their space? We have always encouraged you to trust your personal taste in medium and genre as this is completely subjective.

In this guide, we will briefly explain the size of the artwork we sell. You may also take it as a reference when you want to choose the right size for you. Let’s begin by the general information and general rule first.

Breathing Space

The first thing we would like our customers to know is that when you order paintings from us, there is a breathing space which is empty. It is usually a space for framing.

The size indicated in our catalogue means the painted area on a canvas. For example, if you order an artwork with the size indicated as 100x100cm, the painted area on the canvas is 100x100cm.

We do not paint to the edge of the canvas. We don’t put anything important within 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7cm) of the edge. We know that all our customers want the artworks to be framed. Therefore, we usually will leave 2 to 3 inches white space to leave in the edges of a canvas. If you specifically need the artists to leave some more breathing space considering how much additional space you need to leave for the frame, please feel free to talk to us and let us know your requirements.

For more information about the size, please refer to the photo on the right.

Frame Specification

If you order with a frame, we will frame the artwork for you. The frame we choose is a floater frame. A float frame, as the name implies, is designed in such a way that the artwork appears to float within the frame. Please take note of three dimensions of a floater frame: width (or width face), thickness (or frame depth), rabbet depth (depth for the stretched artwork)

Our standard floater frame is about ¼”(0.7 cm) to the width, 1.8” (4.5cm) to the frame depth, 0.94” (2.4cm) to the rabbet depth. Please see the photo here for your reference.

If you order with an inner frame version only (stretched out), the thickness of the stretched artwork is about 0.8″ (2cm).

General Rule

Art pieces on the wall is a great statement for your home. You’ll want the size of the artwork to be just right for the space. We have written a guide that serves as a great tool for you to pick the right size of the artwork from us.

Please note that this is a reference only. Sometimes rules are meant to be broken. We can always be innovative and creative with the artworks we love. Let’s start by two simple rules here:

1) Allocate 60% – 75% of the available wall space for your art
A wall space is better not to be covered by furniture or other items. Let’s say, if you have a blank wall that is 275x150cm (9 feet tall and 5 feet wide). You may multiple them by 0.6 and 0.75. It will give you the range of artwork sizes that are suitable for the wall. After calculation, it is 165x90cm and 206×112.5cm. This is the ideal range of the artwork size for the wall. When you select the artwork, you will go for 100x150cm.

2) Measure the width of the furniture if you hang the artwork above it
If you want to hang the wall art over furniture, such as a bed, fireplace or a sofa, ideally the artwork width should be between 2/3 to ¾ of the width of the furniture. Let’s say your sofa width is 150cm (5 feet wide). By multiplying 150cm by 0.66 and 0.75, you got 99cm and 112.5cm. The width of the artwork ideally should be between around 100cm.

Common Size Available

When it comes to wall art, size matters. A beautiful handmade artwork can be the statement decor your room was missing, yet if the size isn’t right, something will feel off. You want your wall art to be eye-catching and pull the space together rather than feel like it doesn’t belong. Too small and your room can look incomplete, too big and the room can feel a little too crowded. You want it to be just right. To ensure that your masterpiece fits beautifully and complements the room, we’ve put together this easy guide to help you pick wall art that’s the right size for your space.

1. 150x100cm / 60×40″

The size indicated in this photo is 150x100cm, the most common size of the horizontal paintings of our gallery. Usually it is good enough for most of the walls. This size is good for you or your guests to appreciate the painting while at the same time it won’t make your home feel cluttered.

2. 180x120cm / 70×47″

The size indicated in this photo is 180x120cm. In general, bigger is always better. It is good if you got a large wall. 

3. 200x135cm / 79×53″

4. 300x200cm / 118×79″

As you can see in this photo, although the wall is large enough, it is not empty enough to hold such large wall art. However, it can still create a beautiful focal point. As you saw in the sizing rules, your wall art should take up a large portion of an empty wall and be large relative to the furniture as well. So when in doubt, go big!

5. 100x100cm / 39×39″



6. 120x120cm / 47×47″



7. 150x150cm / 47×47″

8. 200x200cm / 78×78″

9. 100x200cm / 39×78″

With Frames or Without Frames?

A frame does much more than just enhance the image you have chosen. We believe that at the end of the day, you should frame the artwork you like. A good quality frame also protects your artwork, preserving it for many years to come.

The canvas float frames are approx. 1.25″ deep on the inside and 1.5″ on the outside. If you order a frame with us, we would stretch the canvas on a 1″ deep stretcher bar and install them into the frames with wire to hang them.

Although we can send the framed art to you from overseas, we do not recommend you to buy artwork with sizes larger than 200cm. The reason is that it increases the risk of being damaged. We also welcome our customers to support our artists and local framers.

Custom Size

We are lifting the lid on the customization process. Our artists are willing to work with customer on a unique piece. Kline Collective can paint artwork to your size and specifications. You will be able to find an art piece that can be tweaked to suit your space. If you like one of our paintings, just drop us an email and send us your requirements. We can make a custom order for you. Our email address: [email protected]

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