Years ago, people used to hang very large pieces of art on their walls as symbols of wealth and status. In much of Europe, the art served to show off family, show status and to cover a portion of the ugly stone walls that made up their homes. Even in other countries that didn’t have stone castles as homes, large pieces of art were considered to be sign of status and prestige.
Over the decades, we have moved away from hanging large pieces of art in our homes. We have lost the perspective of what “large” really means up on the wall. When we order pictures, the “large” print in the typical package is an 8×10. This is what most people call “large” in today’s age of digital screens . Where my clients run into trouble is that they have trouble visualizing how big or just how small a piece of art will look against their wall or next to their furniture. When you are used to calling an 8×10 large, it is very difficult to comprehend how big a 16×20 or a 30×40 is when compared to an empty wall.
I will grant you that often times there are constraints to what size you can put up but even then, there are options available by using collections of smaller images to wrap around something or to make the art look bigger.
A benefit I have over many photographers is that I have digital tools where I can go onsite to my clients home or place of business and by using my iPad, take a picture of where they want the image then drop their pictures into the scene in real time on the iPad. The client can see right away how sizing looks and even how the print might look against the wall. This is a real benefit when there is some questions about how well the print would look in the actual environment it will be displayed in
To help my clients with deciding just how large of a print they should be looking at for their wall, I have created images with different sized art all hanging together to show the differences. This helps my clients visualize what the sizes really mean when compared to a normal wall or next to furniture.