Is a Vertical or Horizontal Artwork Best for Your Wall? Painting Orientations in Your Home

When deciding how to properly use a space in your home for artwork, it can appear intuitive to decide if you are looking for a vertical or a horizontal painting for a particular wall.

While there is of course always some freedom to the choice of artwork, particularly shaped walls will complement a particular orientation of painting and as a result should largely be the main influence on the decision you make – whether to use a horizontal, landscape painting or a vertical, portrait painting.

A painting that is horizontal in its orientation brings someone’s eyes from side to side. They act as a guide to someone’s eyes in tying all the features of a room together and bringing cohesion to the setting. A vertical painting has a much more dominant presence in a space, it draws peoples eyes to a specific focal point and encourages them to detach the painting from its surroundings as a key feature.

While the size and shape of a wall can inform the decision of what painting you choose – it can be noted that a space can often be utilised with both orientations of paintings. If you consider a wall with two windows and a space between them – a vertical painting between the windows will separate these spaces. A horizontal painting between the windows will bring them closer together. Neither is wrong, or correct, but is simply down to your preference for that space.

Consider the Actual Size of the Space, and Then the Desired Size of the Space

When staring at a large wall that extends to the extremities of a room, it can seem like a vast and underutilised space – however – if the primary goal is to make the distance between the walls less bare, a horizontal painting will do the best job of pulling the walls closer. A horizontal painting will give the illusion of taking up more space and will do a better job of bringing a room together.

Alternatively, a vertical painting can be used to divide a wall and create two separate smaller spaces, it can act as a border that will serve the same purpose of the horizontal painting by reducing the seemingly endless blank space between two walls.

Feature Walls and Artwork

As the size and shape of a wall can be used to inform your decision, one of the particular places you should consider a vertical painting is on a feature wall. A tall, thin section of wall that may act as a chimney column or in a stairway can be capitalised upon to add a truly impressive vertical artwork. A vertical artwork in the right space can become an extremely high impact addition to a space that will really elevate the decor and aesthetics of a room to an incredible extent. It will be sure to attract eyes, and thus – conversation and compliments aplenty.

A horizontal piece, comparatively, can still function as a statement piece but is more commonly thought to provide cohesion to a space that it sits in. Where vertical artworks will define a space they are placed in, horizontal paintings can be used to blend spaces together.

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