Tapestries: When Size Matters

The main point of hanging a stunning piece of tapestry in your walls is to create an impact to someone who’ll pay your home a visit. Different themes give off different vibes to a room or a house. A classic painting makes it possible to bring otherwise costly pieces of art to your living room. A popular tourist spot several thousands of miles away will give the impression that the owner is cosmopolitan, a man of the world, and a traveler at heart. Tapestries ideally tell something about you, your personality, and your vision.

Since olden times, or at least from the Middle Ages when these have gained popularity, tapestries have been used as more than just ornamentation. They were also used to insulate walls of the castles that served as their homes. Today, these artworks can be used to create an illusion of size in your home.

Making a Small Room Look Bigger

Much like how certain arrangements of furniture can either make or break a room’s overall feel, strategically placed tapestries can also do the same. If you are working with a relatively small, cramped space, tapestry with strong, vibrant colors will make it look visually bigger. If this doesn’t work or if it doesn’t go well with the existing decor in the room, go for horizontal tapestries to give the illusion of width.

Another trick is to select tapestry that has an image of either a door or a window to create the feeling of wide, open spaces. The principle that applies to this technique is the same one that works with the use of mirrors in augmenting a small spot.

Making a Big Room Look Smaller

On the other hand, if your room is too big and it makes you feel nauseated, you can use tapestries to make it look smaller. A row of closely hung tapestries will do the trick. To amplify the effect, try to alternate different sizes; place small tapestries adjacent to large ones.

General Tips to Consider

All things considered, even a solitary wall tapestry can give off certain illusions. For instance, a huge tapestry appears majestic and regal, and would naturally go well with big homes. On the other hand, a small tapestry obviously goes better with minimalist motifs. A miniscule tapestry just doesn’t fit in a broad, blank wall.

It’s a no-no to hang a tapestry that takes up more than half of your wall. The focal point of these wall decors should be above the eye level of those who would like to see them. In general, you know that something is amiss when your visitors don’t have to cock their head slightly upward to see them. There are exceptions, however, such as those that intend to be the centerpiece of an entire motif. Famous works of art can be exponentially large and take up more than half of the wall’s height to create visual impact.

Remember that the walls are among the first things that someone entering your house will see. With today’s proliferation of large wall spaces and high-vaulted ceilings, large tapestries have also become popular.

If you are not happy with the size of a room and want to use something special to alter it visually, tapestries are the way to go. They are certainly less expensive than having to remodel an entire room (which would typically entail remodeling an entire house). Of course, you can always try moving furniture around. Yet there simply is no alternative to doing the job and at the same time finding something artistic to represent who you are via tapestries.


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