Art size for above mantle
ajo3141
June 27, 2013 in Design Dilemma
A local artist is painting a landscape (beach scene) for above my fireplace. This standout wall is 52". Would you recommend a 36" wide canvas or 48"? (Eventually we want to rock this wall, but for now I am just focusing on adding some colorful art. Thanks!
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Brenda
2" on each side of the painting is not enough, so given those two choices I would say 36". Will the image be taller than it is wide?
June 27, 2013 at 6:21AM   
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Mark
I don't think your art should be wider than your mantel is.
June 27, 2013 at 6:23AM   
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ajo3141
Well, she quoted a 24x36. I was thinking 48" was too wide also. I think this pic may be deceiving of this space - it's a vaulted ceiling but nothing real high. What size do you recommend?
June 27, 2013 at 6:24AM   
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Brenda
not sure what you aesthetic is, or the height of the wall.

if you are 'traditional', then the 24x36 will probably work out well.

if you are more 'modern' or 'transistional', then you might want larger art that fills the space. I'd go square in that case, maybe 36" x 36"
June 27, 2013 at 6:32AM   
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ajo3141
Attached is a picture just to show size of the wall. This canvas is 19x19 I plopped up there. Would a 24x36 wide" work or should it be taller than wide considering the space?
June 27, 2013 at 6:34AM   
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ajo3141
Sorry Brenda, posted while you were.
June 27, 2013 at 6:35AM   
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ajo3141
*mantle is 48" wide. Wall is 60" wide, not 52.
June 27, 2013 at 7:17AM   
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Mark
Go with the 48 inch canvas.
June 27, 2013 at 8:12AM     
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Ann
40" wide would be the perfect width for your situation (considering wall and mantle width), but if the only two options are 36 or 48 wide, I'd go with 36" wide. Considering the space, I'd also order it with more height than width.
June 27, 2013 at 8:39AM   
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Barnhart Gallery
Your 48" mantel is wider than your fireplace -- I would not go wider than the fireplace to avoid looking top-heavy, so, I'd say 36" wide.
June 27, 2013 at 8:43AM     
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Mark
The trim around the fireplace is way to narrow, it needs to be much wider.
June 27, 2013 at 8:51AM     
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ajo3141
I know, this entire fireplace wall needs help. Im slowly working on my living room issues. I would like to figure out my fireplace/tv situation. Been considering wall mounting the tv where it is and removing the armoire. Also considered putting tv above fireplace, but not sure if that's great either? Suggestions on updating this fireplace area to replace the trim and wood? My husband threw this together 7 years ago, we know its time to do something. Here's a panoramic of the wall (a little distorted). And I have no idea what our style is. I want it more modern - that's all I know. Thank you!
June 27, 2013 at 9:57AM   
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Ann
I'd go with art above the fireplace. That armoire is a pretty good place for the TV!
June 27, 2013 at 10:05AM     
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Barnhart Gallery
Looking at the big picture, and seeing all the tones you'll find in stone, you're right on to want to stone over the entire FP. When you can do it, it will look great. Like your armoire too.
June 27, 2013 at 11:04AM     
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