Envisioning Your Fine Art Print
The purchase of any artwork for your home or office is never an easy decision. There are many things to consider and we would like to provide you with as much information as we can to help you through the process. We understand these decisions are highly personal and we are available to answer any questions you may have.
Considerations When Choosing A Fine Art Print
Many people choose a print because of a connection to a location or scene. Perhaps they lived nearby or had a very special experience there and they want something to remember it by. With our large selection of fine art prints from many locations, it is easily possible that there could be more than one to decide between.
Of course, it is perfectly fine to purchase artwork simply because you feel it will be a striking addition to your home or office. Maybe it is a location you would like to go to someday or even just the colors you find attractive. Art is always subjective and if you like it, you like it.
The next decision is the style of print. We are most impressed with the Lumachrome® HD Acrylic Print using TruLife® Acrylic because of the way the TruLife® Acrylic eliminates glare. Nothing is more frustrating than having a beautiful print on the wall that you can barely see because it is reflecting what is outside a nearby window. Please review our Prints page for more information on the styles of prints.
Matching Colors In The Room
This decision is subjective and there is not a set answer. The world outside may have scenes with muted earth tones, like in the desert areas. There may be deep greens in the forests, blue skies or colorful trees and flowers. The world outside is a beautiful place. It is our opinion that any of our landscape images would look great in any room in your home. There could be some rare cases where colors might conflict, but that is probably unlikely.
Matching colors may provide a more soothing and restful feel. The bedroom below is an example of this.
On the other hand, a colorful image can add a certain amount of “pop” and be a wonderful focal point for the room. The living room with the photo of the Colorado mountains is an example of this possibility.
In the following example, some of the Magenta tones in the photo from Grand Teton National Park are complimented by the pillows on the sofa.
What Is The Right Size To Purchase?
After making the difficult decision of choosing the fine art print that you want for your home or office, you still have some decisions to make. Deciding on the size to order is one of those decisions. The general rule is that bigger is always better. If you are going to use a frameless Lumachrome HD Acrylic or Metal Print, you would want a larger size than if you were having one of our Fuji Crystal Achive Prints matted and framed.
An old “rule of thumb’ is having the artwork be 2/3 to ¾ the width of the furniture. So, in the case of a sofa that is 96 inches wide, the artwork should be 63” to 72” wide.
In a bedroom environment, this would mean artwork 43” to 48” wide over a 65” wide queen size headboard and artwork 53” to 60” wide over an 80” wide king size headboard.
The following two examples shows how a 30” x 45” or a 40” x 60” artwork would look over a 96 inch wide sofa or other piece of furniture. As you can see, the 30” x 45” does seem a little small, which follows the above “rule of thumb”.
These examples show a typical 3:2 ratio size.
If you are a little short of vertical space or have a wide wall space, you could select artwork that may be more panoramic, maybe with a 2:1 ratio or even a 5:2 ratio like below.
Hanging It On The Wall
Where to hang your artwork on the wall can always be a little bit of a struggle. Many of us seem to have an inclination to hang artwork too high. Although it can vary, the general rule is to hang the artwork where the center is at eye level. Based on average heights of people, this would put the center of artwork 60 to 66 inches above the floor.
Coupled with the eye level height issue, you might have to consider height above furniture or other items. Generally, artwork is placed 6 to 12 inches above furniture and 3 to 6 inches above a fireplace mantle.
Thoughts About Lighting
We all want our artwork to look its very best. The nature of Lumachrome® HD Acrylic Print using TruLife® Acrylic prints, Metal Prints and the Fuji Crystal Archive Prints is that they come alive with a certain brilliance when light is applied to them.
If you're like me, you may not have track lighting or recessed ceiling lights to provide the perfect lighting. Many of us have to rely on natural light coming in through the windows or other room lighting. This doesn't mean your prints cannot have impact, just not as much as if special lighting is applied.
The next best thing to special lighting is a well lit room from indirect sunlight. The TruLife® Acrylic does an amazing job of reducing what glare there is while the metallic nature of the printing surface uses the natural light to reflect the details of print. Direct sunlight is always a no-no, as it causes glare, reflections and can eventually reduce the vibrancy of the print.
If you do use some type of track or recessed ceiling lighting, the general rule is that it is at about a 30 degree angle from the artwork. The light fixtures should have and adjustable angle and be able to be dimmed. The best bulbs for lighting artwork are LED bulbs with a color temperature of 3000k to 4000k. The bulbs should be such that they provide even lighting over the entire print, not so wide that they light up the wall or so narrow that they do not light up the outside edges of the print.
It would also be a good idea to obtain an opinion from a local lighting expert regarding your individual situation. Of course, you should use the services of a qualified electrician to install lighting.
We're Here To Help
We're here to help any way we can. If you have any questions regarding any of our prints, from size options to the location shot or anything else, just Contact Us with your questions. If we're not out in the middle of nowhere, we'll get right back to you.
We sincerely appreciate your considering a purchase from us.