Art Rules For Small Spaces

Since we’re based in New York City, where a “large” apartment is considered anything with more than one bedroom or over 700 square feet, we’re very familiar with working in tight quarters: Studios, loft spaces, converted co-ops, we’ve arranged art in them all. Naturally, the approach we take for our clients in the city is a bit different than the one we take for those with homes in Connecticut, Westchester County, or the Hamptons. We’ve developed a set of art rules for small spaces that we work by, which we’re sharing here.

1. Be creative.
When you’re working with limited square footage, don’t let yourself be limited by where you think art should be placed. Instead, think of your entire apartment or home as a canvas. We’ve hung art on the back of doors, in front of windows, on shelving, and on mirrored and brick walls.
hanging art on a door
2. Don’t be afraid to make a statement.
Art in small spaces can be just as bold as in larger ones. The key to not overwhelming your room is to intentionally make a statement piece its focal point (since it will be regardless). Center it behind a sofa, or between to windows so it acts as an anchor point for the space.

3. Incorporate form into function.
Bookshelves can pull double duty as a spot for storage and a place to display art and decorative objects. We love the look of a grid-style bookshelf, with spaced used alternately for books and art.

4. Use vertical space.
If you live in a loft or an apartment with high ceilings, utilize the space for art. This will draw the eye up and make the room seem grand. 

Need help arranging art in your small space? We’d love to hear from you.