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Landscape Print Sizes: How to Choose the Perfect Fit for Your Space

Landscape prints are a fantastic way to personalize your space and showcase your taste.


Decorating your home with landscape prints is an excellent way to express your personality and add visual interest to your living spaces. However, one of the most common challenges people face when selecting wall art is determining the appropriate size for their walls. A photography print that's too small can look lost and insignificant, while one that's too large can overwhelm the room. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore various tips and techniques to help you choose the perfect dimensions for your landscape prints, ensuring they complement your space beautifully.

Landscape print framed above couch in rustic modern living room

 

1. Start with Accurate Measurements

 

The foundation of choosing the right landscape print size begins with precise measurements of your wall space. Here's how to do it effectively:

 

- Use a tape measure to determine the width and height of the available wall area.

- Take into account any obstacles such as light switches, thermostats, or architectural features.

- If you're planning to hang your l landscape print above furniture, measure the width of the furniture piece as well.

 

Remember, accurate measurements are crucial for visualizing how different landscape print sizes will fit in your space. Don't rush this step – it's the basis for all your subsequent decisions.

 

2. Apply the Two-Thirds Rule

 

One of the most widely used guidelines in interior design is the two-thirds rule. This principle suggests that your landscape print wall art should cover approximately two-thirds of the wall space width.


Here's how to apply it:

- Calculate two-thirds of your wall width measurement.

- Look for print options that are close to this size.

 

For example, if your wall space is 90 inches wide, an ideal landscape print width would be around 60 inches (90 x 2/3 = 60).

 

This rule helps create a sense of balance and proportion in your room. However, keep in mind that it's a guideline, not a strict rule. Depending on your personal taste and the specific characteristics of your space, you might choose to go slightly larger or smaller.

Crested Butte Landscape Print on wall in kitchen mockup

3. Consider the Viewing Distance

 

The distance from which you'll typically view the print plays a significant role in determining the ideal size. Larger rooms allow for bigger prints, while smaller spaces might require more modest dimensions. As a general rule of thumb, here's a simple formula to help you:

 

Ideal print size = Viewing distance ÷ 2

 

For instance, if you'll typically be viewing a large wall art print from 8 feet away, a 4-foot wide landscape print would be appropriate (8 feet ÷ 2 = 4 feet).

 

This rule of thumb ensures that the landscape print is large enough to be appreciated from a distance but not so large that it overwhelms the viewer when they're close to it. Keep in mind also, some people do prefer wall art to fill more or less of their field of view.  Remember to convert your measurements to inches when searching for print options, as they're often sold in inch dimensions.

 

4. Harmonize with Your Furniture

 

When hanging large landscape prints above furniture, it's crucial to ensure that the wall art print complements rather than competes with the piece beneath it. A good rule of thumb is:

 

- Choose a print width that is about 2/3 to 3/4 the width of the furniture piece.

 

For example, if you're hanging a landscape print above a 72-inch wide sofa, look for a print that's between 48 to 54 inches wide.

 

Landscape Print of Colorado's Maroon Bells in Autumn on metal print above couch mockup

This proportion creates a pleasing visual balance and helps integrate the landscape print with your existing decor. If you prefer a more dramatic look, you can go up to 4/5 of the furniture width, but be cautious not to exceed the width of the furniture piece itself.

 

5. Visualize with Painter's Tape

 

Sometimes, it's hard to imagine how a certain print size will look on your wall. That's where painter's tape comes in handy. This simple yet effective technique allows you to "try before you buy":

 

- Use painter's tape to outline potential print sizes on your wall.

- Step back and observe how each size looks in the space.

- Leave the tape outlines up for a day or two to see how they feel over time.

 

This method gives you a tangible sense of how different dimensions would fit in your space. It's particularly useful when deciding between a few size options or when considering a statement piece.

 

6. Take Ceiling Height into Account

 

The height of your ceilings can significantly influence the type of landscape print that works best in your space:

 

- High ceilings: These spaces can accommodate taller, more vertical prints. Consider diptychs or triptychs that draw the eye upward and take advantage of the extra wall space.

- Standard ceilings (8-9 feet): Opt for wider, horizontal prints that create a sense of breadth rather than height.

- Low ceilings: Choose smaller prints or consider a series of smaller prints arranged horizontally to avoid making the space feel cramped.

Landscape print on canvas above fireplace mockup living room decor

Remember, the goal is to create a sense of balance. In rooms with high ceilings, larger prints can help make the space feel more intimate, while in rooms with low ceilings, you want to avoid anything that makes the space feel closed in.

 

7. Consider the Room's Purpose

 

The function of the room should influence your print size choice:

 

- Living rooms and entryways: These spaces often benefit from larger, statement pieces that create a focal point and set the tone for your home.

- Bedrooms: Smaller, calmer pieces usually work well here. Consider a series of medium-sized and large landscape prints above the bed for a cohesive look.

- Dining rooms: A large landscape print on one wall can create an intimate atmosphere, or try a series of smaller prints for a more dynamic feel.

- Home offices: Motivational or inspiring wall art can be effective here, but be mindful of size to avoid distraction.

 

The key is to choose print sizes that enhance the room's purpose rather than detract from it. In a bedroom, for instance, overly large or stimulating wall art prints might disrupt the calm atmosphere you're trying to create.

 

8. Explore Grouping Options

 

If a single large landscape print feels overwhelming or doesn't quite fit your space, consider creating a gallery wall with multiple smaller prints:

 

- Choose a theme or color scheme to unify the collection.

- Mix and match different sizes for visual interest.

- Experiment with various arrangements before hanging.

- Considering a pre-made gallery wall set is a great option as well.

 

Gallery walls offer flexibility and can be easily adapted to fit different wall sizes. They're particularly effective for filling large wall spaces without the commitment of a single oversized piece.

Colorado Landscape Print triptych set of photos on wall in kitchen

 

When creating a gallery wall, maintain consistent spacing between prints (usually 2-3 inches) to create a cohesive look. You can use craft paper cut to the size of each print to experiment with arrangements on your wall before committing to nail holes.

 

9. Explore Current Trends in Landscape Photography wall Print Sizes

As we move through this year, several interesting trends have emerged in the world of landscape print sizes. These trends reflect changing consumer preferences, evolving interior design styles, and advancements in printing technology.

-          Oversized Prints - There’s a growing demand for large, statement-making landscape prints. Homeowners and designers are increasingly opting for oversized prints that dominate a wall and create a dramatic focal point. Sizes like 60x40 inches or even larger are becoming more common, especially in spacious living rooms and hotel lobbies.

-          Panoramic Prints - Ultra-wide panoramic prints are gaining popularity, particularly for landscape photography prints. These prints, often with ratios like 2:1 or even 3:1, are perfect for capturing expansive vistas and work well in spaces with long walls.

Garden of the Gods Panorama Landscape Print Colorado Springs photo mockup

-          Multi-Panel Prints - Triptychs and other multi-panel arrangements are trending. These allow for larger overall sizes while maintaining flexibility in installation and transport. They're particularly popular for filling large wall spaces above sofas or in dining rooms.

-          Minimalist Small Prints - In contrast to the oversized trend, there's also a movement towards smaller, more understated prints. These are often used in gallery wall arrangements or as accent pieces in smaller spaces like bathrooms or hallways.

-          Square Formats - Square prints, particularly in sizes like 24x24 or 36x36 inches, are becoming increasingly popular. They offer a modern, balanced look and work well with contemporary interior designs.

-          Mixed Media Sizes - There's a trend towards combining different print sizes and mediums in the same space. For example, pairing a large canvas print with smaller framed prints or metal prints for a dynamic, curated look.

-          Vertical Orientation - While landscape orientation remains popular for landscape prints, there's an increasing appreciation for vertical compositions, especially for tall, narrow wall spaces.

Kebler Pass in Crested Butte Landscape Print framed in dining room

These trends highlight the diverse approaches to landscape photography print sizing in contemporary decor. Whether you prefer a bold, oversized statement piece or a subtle, minimalist approach, there's a trend to suit every taste and space. Remember, while trends can provide inspiration, the best size for your landscape print ultimately depends on your personal style and the specific characteristics of your space. 


Let's Wrap it Up

Choosing the right size landscape print for your wall doesn't have to be a daunting task. By following these guidelines – measuring accurately, applying the two-thirds rule, considering viewing distance, harmonizing with furniture, visualizing with painter's tape, accounting for ceiling height, considering the room's purpose, and exploring grouping options – you can confidently select wall art that enhances your living space.

 

Remember, while these rules provide a solid foundation, they're not set in stone. Trust your instincts and choose pieces that resonate with you personally. After all, the most important aspect of art is how it makes you feel in your space.

 

Whether you're selecting a single statement piece or curating a gallery wall, take your time to find the perfect fit. With careful consideration and these tips in mind, you'll be well on your way to creating a beautifully decorated home that reflects your personal style and makes a lasting impression on all who enter.


Please check out my Landscape photography and Nature prints in my Portfolio of work.



If you are interested, I offer a free service to that can show you how one my photos will look on your wall. Get in touch with me and I let you know what I need from you.




Arizona Sunset Landscape Photography Print on Wall in Living Room Mockup

 

 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: How high should I hang my landscape photography print?

A: The general rule is to hang wall art prints at eye level, which is typically 57-60 inches from the floor to the center of the print. However, for large landscape prints above furniture, leave 6-8 inches of space between the top of the furniture and the bottom of the print.


Q: Can I use a large landscape print in a small room?

A: Yes, you can! A large print in a small room can create a striking focal point and even make the space feel larger. Just ensure it doesn't overwhelm the room - leave some breathing space around the print and consider the room's other elements.


Q: What's the ideal size for a landscape print above a sofa?

A: The ideal size is typically 2/3 to 3/4 the width of the sofa. For a standard 84-inch sofa, look for a print or grouping that's about 56-63 inches wide.


Q: How do I choose the right size for a gallery wall?

A: For a gallery wall, the entire arrangement should follow the 2/3 rule (covering about 2/3 of the wall space). Individual prints can vary, but try to keep a consistent space of 2-3 inches between each piece for a cohesive look.


Q: Should landscape prints always be in landscape orientation?

A: Not necessarily. While landscape orientation is common for landscape subjects, vertical (portrait) orientation can create an interesting and dynamic effect, especially for scenes with tall elements like trees or waterfalls.


Q: How do I determine the right print size for a dining room?

A: In dining rooms, consider a large statement piece that's about 3/4 the width of the dining table. For a 72-inch table, aim for a print around 54 inches wide.


Q: Can I mix different sizes of landscape photography wall prints in the same room?

A: Absolutely! Mixing sizes can create visual interest. Try pairing a large anchor piece with smaller complementary prints. Just maintain a sense of balance in the overall arrangement.


Q: What size print works best for narrow walls?

A: For narrow walls, consider vertical prints or a series of smaller prints arranged vertically. A good rule of thumb is to leave at least 6 inches of wall space on either side of the print.


Q: How does frame size affect the overall dimensions?

A: Remember that frames add to the overall size of your print. Factor in an additional 2-4 inches on each side when considering the total wall space the piece will occupy.


Q: Is there a maximum size I should consider for residential spaces?

A: While there's no strict maximum, prints larger than 60 inches wide can be challenging to hang and may overwhelm average-sized rooms. Consider the scale of your space and other furnishings when opting for very large prints.


More questions, comment below or reach out to me.


Colorado Springs Sunset Over Pikes Peak Landscape Photo Print on Metal Mockup

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