Large art of Kenai Fjords Alaska hanging above fireplace in white themed living room

Where to Hang Large Art

The short answer …. Anywhere and everywhere!    

I’m betting you want a little more detail than that though …. So here we go!

Large pieces of art have the power to draw you in and transform any room or location.   They add personality, style and capture your experiences by highlighting what speaks to you in art.   Once you’ve chosen a large piece of art though …. What do you do with it?   Where should you hang it with the best impact?   Let’s take a look at some options…

Bedroom: Creating a Serene Sanctuary

Above the Bed

This is probably the most obvious spot in the bedroom - the area above the bed.   It is a prime spot for large art as it serves as a focal point and can set the tone for the entire room. For a balanced look, choose a piece that is about two-thirds the width of your bed. This ensures the artwork doesn’t overwhelm the space but still commands attention.

Large art of Moulton barn Mormon Row Wyoming hanging in brown and grey bedroom

Opposite the Bed

If you prefer a distraction-free zone for sleep, consider placing the large art on the wall opposite the bed. This way, you can enjoy the view when you're lounging or waking up.   Historically, people had a television set across from their beds but since there's more and more handheld technology, that is no longer the case.   Utilize that space for a  tranquil landscape, abstract, or any piece that brings you joy and relaxation.

Above a Dresser or Console Table

A large art piece above a dresser or console table can anchor the furniture and create a cohesive look. Ensure the art is hung at eye level when standing to appreciate the details.   Many people put a mirror above the dresser - so be creative - maybe even put the art to where it reflects in the mirror.   That way - you get a win-win situation!

Rustic modern farmhouse room with picture of old fence post hanging above a cabinet

 

Bathroom: An Unexpected Elegance

I know you're thinking ... the bathroom - are you kidding me?   No, I'm absolutely serious!   I have 2 (huge) art pieces in my bathroom.   Keep reading....

 

Above the Bathtub

Turn your bathroom into a spa-like retreat by hanging large art above the bathtub. Choose pieces that can withstand humidity, like prints encased in glass. Imagine soaking in the tub while gazing at a serene beach or a calming abstract.

This absolutely works!   We did a bathroom renovation where we took out a window and replace it with ... a wall.   YUCK!   What happened to my view of the outside?   Well ... I made a perfectly sized art piece that fits right in the window spot.  We even kept the trim - so it looks like a window.   Now, it's not the same view as before - it's better!   We are looking out our imaginary window to a lovely little babbling brook.   Talk about relaxing and spa-like!!!  

Nairn Pebble art hanging above tub in bright white bathroom

 

Beside the Vanity

A large art piece beside the vanity can add a touch of elegance and make your morning routine feel a bit more luxurious. Opt for bright, cheerful pieces to start your day on a positive note.   

I realize there's not often a whole lot of room next to the vanity (or in my bathroom there isn't).  So again .... creative minds here....   I turned one of my art pieces into .... a clock!   Every bathroom needs a clock.  Otherwise how do you know how late you're running.   LOL. 

(** Side note:  If you're thinking you'll just hop over to my website and look for the clock, you aren't going to find it.   It's not a piece I offer on there - it will have to be custom quoted for you.   Just reach out!)

 

On the Main Wall

If you have a spacious bathroom, use the main wall to display a large piece of art. It can transform the space and make a bold statement. Choose something that reflects your style—whether it’s modern, vintage, or whimsical.  

And for the win .... YES!   I have a large yellow flower positioned behind my mirror so that it reflects in my mirror.    Not being a morning person, this is a great add to the cheeriness of the room!!   Talk about a fun wake-me-up!   💛

The Water Closet

Here's a surprise spot for you to hang art!    Right above the toilet.   Look how it makes the tiny space look larger!   Wow!!   

Tall narrow art of napa grapes featured in hallway bathroom

Hallway: The Gallery Walk

End of the Hall

Placing large art at the end of a hallway draws the eye forward and invites exploration. It creates a destination within your home and can make a narrow space feel more expansive. A bright, bold piece can turn an ordinary hallway into an art gallery.

hallway with large art of trees growing on rocks above teal blue water in resurrection bay alaska

Along the Hallway

Line the walls of a long hallway with large art to create a gallery-like feel. Mix different pieces for an eclectic look or stick to a theme for a more cohesive vibe. This approach not only decorates the space but also provides visual interest as you move through your home.

Near Entryways

Hanging large art near doorways can define and enhance entryways. It makes a striking first impression and sets the tone for the rest of your home. Choose pieces that are welcoming and reflect your personality.

Kitchen: Culinary Inspiration

Above the Dining Table

If your kitchen includes a dining area, hang a large piece of art above the table. This spot becomes the centerpiece of the room, perfect for sparking conversation during meals. Choose art that complements your kitchen decor, whether it’s a vibrant abstract or a charming food-themed piece.

 

Chapel of the Ozarks large art hanging over dining room table

 

On a Feature Wall

Dedicate one wall in your kitchen to a large artwork. This can be behind a breakfast nook or an unused wall space. It can make the kitchen feel more inviting and less utilitarian. Consider themes that match the kitchen's energy—like fresh produce, culinary tools, or whimsical food illustrations.


Large art of Purple Grapes featured on kitchen wall

 

Living Room: The Heart of the Home


Above the Sofa

Probably the most standard spot for art!  (If this wasn't in here it would be a 🤦🏼‍♀️ moment!). The wall above the sofa is a classic spot for large art. It helps to anchor the furniture and create a balanced look. Choose a piece that spans at least two-thirds the width of the sofa. This placement draws attention and creates a focal point in the room.

 

Ginkgo yellow leaves brushed metal abstract art hanging above couch in living room

 

Over the Fireplace

If you have a fireplace, it’s a natural focal point. Enhance it by hanging a large art piece above the mantel. This placement adds height and drama, making the room feel more dynamic. Opt for a piece that contrasts with the texture of the fireplace for added interest.

contemporary white room featuring large art of train on tracks in alaska as centerpiece above fireplace

On a Feature Wall

Turn an entire wall in your living room into a feature wall with a large piece of art. This can be the wall you see first when you enter the room. It creates a dramatic statement and can set the mood for the entire space. Consider bold abstracts, large-scale photographs, or intricate tapestries.

modern contemporary black themed industrial living room with train art from alaska hanging behind a dark grey couch

Behind a Reading Nook

Create a cozy reading nook with a large art piece as the backdrop. Position a comfortable chair and a side table in front of the art. This setup turns a corner of your living room into a stylish and inviting space.   After reading this - has anyone else just added this to a bucket-list renovation. area????  

Chilkoot Lake Haines Alaska Landscape Fine Art hanging in office sitting space over credenza on dark brown wall

 

Tips for Choosing and Arranging Large Art


Consider Your Space

Before choosing a large art piece, consider the size and style of your room. The art should complement the existing decor and not overwhelm the space. Measure your walls and visualize how the art will fit.

Color Coordination

Choose art that matches or complements the color scheme of your room. If your space is neutral, a bold piece can add a pop of color. If your room is colorful, opt for art with neutral tones to balance the look. 

Color Palette for coral jungle geraniums

Frame and Mounting

The frame can significantly impact the art’s overall look. Choose frames that match your room’s decor style—sleek and minimal for modern spaces, or ornate for traditional rooms. Ensure the artwork is securely mounted and at the right height for viewing.

Lighting

Proper lighting can enhance the beauty of your art. Use picture lights, wall sconces, or spotlights to highlight the piece. Good lighting can make colors pop and details stand out.

Trust Your Instincts

Art is personal. Choose pieces that resonate with you and reflect your taste. Don’t be afraid to break the rules and experiment with different placements until you find what feels right.

 

I'm probably about to break every rule of a blog ... but here I am - keeping it real.   Here is a portion of my gallery wall.   It's in my living room and these are large pieces of art ... and I love them!    There's a story with each one of them that speaks to my experiences and allows additional conversation in the living room.       

 

lisa blount keeping it real with her personal art gallery wall

 

Check out my blog on How to Select Large Art to find out more details!

 

Sum it all up

Refer to the first few words of the blog .... you can hang art anywhere and everywhere!!   

Placing large art in your home can be a delightful way to express your style and enhance your space. From the bedroom to the bathroom, hallway, kitchen, and living room, there are countless opportunities to showcase stunning pieces. With a bit of creativity and personal touch, your home can become a beautiful gallery of large art, bringing joy and inspiration to every room.

 fall themed large art of moose drinking water hanging above southwest furniture themes in tan and brown

 

Happy Decorating!   ~Lisa

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