"Arranging wall art can be a daunting task, especially when you have limited space to work with. However, paintings, prints, and photos all make for beautiful accents in any space. "

Tips for Arranging Wall Art in a Tiny House

Arranging wall art can be a daunting task, especially when you have limited space to work with. However, paintings, prints, and photos all make for beautiful accents in any space. Therefore, we’ve put together several tips and tricks to help you enhance your tiny house with lovely works of art. 

Make Efficient Use of Wall Space

Arranging wall art in a tiny home is a delicate balance between making your space look stylish and homey without over-cluttering. Remember that not every inch of wall needs art; you’ll want to leave some areas blank to allow for breathing room. 

When it comes to wall art, less is truly more. Let a few special paintings or photos really shine by drawing the eye to a single beautiful art wall, or disperse them throughout your space to add visual interest. 

With limited wall space, you can also get creative by placing art on other surfaces. For example, prop a framed picture on a table, counter, or shelf instead of hanging it up. 

Plan Your Vision

Planning out your art placement will save you time and effort when it’s time to hang pieces on the wall. You can choose to use art visualizer apps, which can show you what a piece will look like on your walls through your phone, or you can plan things out the old-fashioned way with kraft paper and painter’s tape. 

If you pick the kraft paper method, simply cut out pieces of paper that are the same size as the art pieces you want to hang up. Then, tape the paper to the wall in different orientations and placements to find the perfect spot for your painting. 

Measure Things Out

There are several helpful measuring tips to guide you when it comes to hanging up wall art. One of the most tried and true methods for a pleasing arrangement is to hang the middle of your art at eye level if you can. That way, your beautiful art pieces will sit right where you can best see them. 

If hanging art pieces directly above a table or other piece of furniture, it often looks stylish to keep the art around ⅔ the width of the furniture below it. 

Pinpoint Your Style

Before deciding on an arrangement, think about what you want the art pieces to add to your space. If you’re hanging up multiple pieces on a single wall, do you want to create a window-like grid, a linear line, or a gallery wall of different-sized pieces?

Symmetrical wall art arrangements are orderly and minimal, and they match just about any decor style. Asymmetrical gallery walls look more eclectic, homey, and have the feel of a growing collection. 

Keep Your Visual Balance

When hanging up art of varying sizes, it can be difficult to maintain a neat sense of visual balance. Thankfully, there’s a trick for that too. 

If you’re going for a gallery wall, imagine an invisible line down the center of the wall. Then, as you place your paintings, photos, and canvases on the wall, make sure to keep the same sense of “weight” on both sides of the line. Step back every now and again to ensure the arrangement feels balanced.

For a row of different-sized artworks, don’t align the tops or bottoms of the pieces. Instead, imagine your invisible line horizontally across the wall, and line up the middle of each painting with that line. 
Hopefully, these pointers will help you upgrade your tiny home’s living space with stunning visual works. To help further visualize the tips and put them to use, check out 1stDibs’ infographic on arranging wall art below.

Showcase Art in Your Home Infographic

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Stephanie McQueen
Stephanie McQueen
Stephanie is the content curator and resource hoarder of all things tiny houses. She believes everyone can live a sustainable lifestyle, no matter the size of your house. Connect with Stephanie through LinkedIn or her done-for-you branding agency, Employed By Life Online.
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