Guide on how to style blank walls with frames and artwork

Do you have awkward shaped walls? Wide walls you have no idea to put on or that long spooky hallway? Here’s the solution: abstract art and framed prints. The key is size and quantity. Here’s a quick guide to style wall art:

If you have a wide wall

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(Image credit: Monica Wang)
blank wall guide infographic how to style artwork on wide walls

Style with: Trios, wide and square wall art

Do you have a problem distracting those movie theatre walls? Go big. Big rectangular or squared sized artwork is ideal for going over the sofa. Depending on the size of your sofa, rectangular sizes like 18” x 24”, 20” x 24”, 24” x 30” or 30” x 40” and square sizes like 20″ x 20″, 24″ x 24″, 30″ x 30″, or 36″ x 36″ is good. Two 20” x 20”’s (or bigger) side by side is another way to decorate a wide wall. Next is trios, which are very popular at the moment, three pieces of wall art lined next to each other about two inches to five inches apart. Popular sizes are 24” x 36”, 18” x 24”, and 16” x 20”.  Not all trios have to be the same size, two 16” x 20”’s and one 18” x 24” in the middle or 10″ x 20”’s on the ends and a 16″ x 20″ in the middle would work just fine.

Tip: Don’t let the artwork become bigger than the sofa.

If you have a long hallway

styling artwork and frames on a long hallway
infographic on how to style art on long hallway

Style with: Trios, horizontal oblong, and square wall art

Closed off hallways without a window: Style with horizontal trios, small side by side squared, and oblong artwork. Have at least two inches of space in between the wall art. Do not go with squared artwork in a closed off hallway bigger than a 20″ x 20″ because that will make the hallway feel small and squished.

Narrow hallways: Horizontal trios are great for narrow hallways, sizes like 11″ x 14″ and 16″ x 20″. Square wall art smaller than 20″ x 20″. Keeping the squared art small is the goal because you want the hallway to seem spacious.

Open hallways with a window or screen door on the opposite wall can handle bigger and longer artwork without looking and feeling squished compared to a closed off hallway, depending on the amount of space between the wall and window/screen door. Popular sizes are 18″ x 24″, 18″ x 36″, 24″ x 24″, 24″ x 30″, 24″ x 36″, 24″ x 48″, 30″ x 30″, 30″ x 40″, 36″ x 36″.

If you have a narrow stripped walls

narrow wall with frames
infographic on how to style narrow walls with frames amd art

Style with: Narrow and stacked vertical square wall art

You want the artwork to be smaller than the wall to give the wall length. Vertically stacked squared wall art style wonderful with 8″x 8″, 12″ x 12″, 14″ x 14″, 16″ x 16″, 18″x 18″, and 20″ x 20″. Skinny and tall oblong wall art style with sizes like 12″ x 24″, 12″ x 36″, 18″ x 36″, 20″ x 40″, 24″ x 48″.

how to style walls with frames and artwork

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