Do you want to know what size art and pictures should be hung above your fireplace?
This article provides a brief overview of the ideal size of art to hang and how big should a picture be above a fireplace.
Hanging the right size art above the fireplace will create a beautiful space.
We hope you to try it in your home as well.
In addition, we will also show you the ideal size for hanging a large painting or for hanging above the fireplace in your living room or bedroom.
Let’s take a look.
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- Best art and pictures size to hang above your fireplace
- Ideal art size above your fireplace – Case study
Best art and pictures size to hang above your fireplace
How big should art and a picture be above a fireplace?
Choose art to hang that is smaller in width than the fireplace opening.
Decide on the size of the art to hang by checking the balance of the room’s overall interior design.
Generally, the size of the fireplace’s opening is approximately 24 to 48 inches (60.96 to 121.92 cm).
Therefore, you can hang art with a width smaller than approximately 24 to 48 inches (60.96 to 121.92 cm) to match the width of the fireplace opening.
The art that is smaller than the width of the fireplace opening can balance the overall décor of the room easily.
This is because the blank space on the wall on either side of the art will create a nice look.
When sizing the art, make sure there is enough space between the ceiling and the top of it.
When hanging your art above a fireplace mantel, hang it on the wall with 4 to 10 inches (10-25 cm) of space between it and the mantel.
In a room with a high ceiling.
You can hang a large horizontal artwork that is the same width as the fireplace opening in the room with a high ceiling.
However, this is for rooms with high ceilings.
There must be sufficient space between the top of the painting and the ceiling.
Therefore, choose a painting smaller than the width of the fireplace opening in rooms without high ceilings.
The artwork is too large when you can’t space sufficiently between the top of the artwork and the ceiling.
the Horizontally Long fireplace
Some gas fireplaces and electric fireplaces have low fireplace opening heights and are horizontally long.
If your fireplace has a horizontally long opening, hang art with the width that smaller than the width of the fireplace opening.
Hanging a large, wide artwork over a fireplace with a horizontally long opening will look oppressive feeling and the artwork will stand out more than the fireplace.
To learn more about the size of artwork to hang in a room, please read the following articles.
Ideal art size above your fireplace – Case study
Let’s take a look at the ideal size for hanging a large or small art above your fireplace, or for hanging pictures above a fireplace in a living room or bedroom.
Ideal size of a large picture
Let’s look at the maximum size of art on canvas that you can hang.
The approximate canvas sizes below are for hanging without a frame.
Choose art smaller than these when hanging framed.
Fireplace opening is 24 inches (60.96 cm):
You can hang canvas art up to 18 x 24 inches (45.72 x 60.96) or 16 x 20 inches (40.64 x 50.8 cm).
Fireplace opening is 36 inches (91.44 cm):
You can hang a maximum of 24 x 36 inches (60.96 x 91.44cm) or 24 x 30 inches (60.96 x 76.2cm) canvas.
Fireplace opening is 48 inches (121.92cm):
You can hang a canvas up to 36 x 48 inches (91.44 x 121.92 cm) or 30 x 40 inches (76.2 x 101.6 cm).
When hanging a large painting above a fireplace, a horizontal painting is easier to balance with the room’s interior than a vertical one.
You should hang large arts in rooms with high ceilings.
This is because when hanging a large picture, there must be sufficient space between the ceiling and the top of the picture.
You should hang large art in a large room where the artwork can be viewed from a distance.
This is because large arts are designed to be viewed easily from a distance.
Ideal size of a small picture
If the size of the fireplace in your home is not large, hanging a small artwork is a good balance.
Two or three pictures of the same size, side by side above the fireplace, will give it a sophisticated look.
Choose a painting large enough that you can see the design clearly from where you are sitting in front of the fireplace.
See the article below for more information on how to arrange two or three pictures.
Please take a look at this article as well.
Right art size above in the living room fireplace.
You can decorate your living room wonderfully with a large piece of art above the fireplace.
This is because large art can be viewed from a distance in the living room.
How to decorate a living room with a painting is summarized in the following article.
Please take a look at this one as well.
Right art size in the bedroom fireplace.
When hanging art above a bedroom fireplace, choose one that is narrower across than the fireplace opening.
A blank wall on either side of the art will give the room a nice look.
Choosing art that is not so large will help balance the interior.
Generally, bedrooms are not as large as living rooms.
To learn more about how to decorate your bedroom with artworks, please take a look at the following article.
Hang nice art and picturs above your fireplace can create a warm and relaxing time.
If you would like to learn more about how to hang a picture above your fireplace, be sure to check out the article below.