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.
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.
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.