Do you think this canvas is too small for the space???

by Mary
I received my canvas and now I think it is too small for the space. It is 35 x 23. The wall is about 95" and the table is 48" I temporarily propped it on the chair so you could see.
What do you think? I love the picture and I don't want to frame it. Kirkland's actually has this print in a 54 x 30 but I haven't been able to find anything in between.
  61 answers
  • Becky Greenwald Becky Greenwald on Apr 21, 2015
    Yes, I think the one pictured is too small. Go for the larger one at Kirkland--it's not too big.
  • Christine Christine on Apr 21, 2015
  • Robbie Robbie on Apr 21, 2015
    Yep, need to go way bigger
  • Kay Clifton Kay Clifton on Apr 21, 2015
    Yes I would think so. You need a larger one.
  • Janice Janice on Apr 21, 2015
    Add a floating shelf or faux mantle. Then you can embellish with plants, books, candlesticks, etc.
  • Jmlhome7791 Jmlhome7791 on Apr 21, 2015
    just add a large frame.....worked for inexpensive DIY
  • Donna  Oliphint Donna Oliphint on Apr 21, 2015
    Just need to add some sconces or smaller prints on each side, and maybe something decorative above it.
  • Connie Phillips Connie Phillips on Apr 21, 2015
    A large canvas would be much better. You could paint your own.. Or a wall mural. Or an oversized mirror, depending on what would be reflected.
  • Eileen T. Kudlacz Eileen T. Kudlacz on Apr 21, 2015
    maybe paint and frame a larger area on the wall with an accent color from the canvas, then mount canvas in the center, It will look like a matted frame.
  • Shari Shari on Apr 21, 2015
    Yep, agree...way too small. Do not waste your time (or money) trying to "beef up" this print by putting sconces, shelves or other artwork on either side, or framing it. It just will not have the same "wow" factor as a bigger size will. Trust me, you NEED the bigger size from Kirkland's. If you are still unsure, use painter's tape to tape off the size of the Kirkland's canvas on the wall so you can visually see how much better the 54 x 30 size fits your wall. Get the Kirkland's canvas. Get the Kirkland's canvas. Get the Kirkland's canvas.... before it is no longer available!!!! I guarantee you will not be sorry. (By the way, are you a Virgo?)
  • PainterNoni PainterNoni on Apr 21, 2015
    A larger painting would have similar problems. The space is very low key..I think It needs more than one painting to really make the wall pop...........This would be a great place for a gallery wall, bringing in colors, shapes, and things you love.
  • Jan Loehr Jan Loehr on Apr 21, 2015
    Is there any way you could move the dining set further away from the back wall to give more space beneath the painting? Yes you definitely need a larger something on that back wall but more importantly, you need a long shallow buffet or some such furniture to put beneath the wall decor. There could be a couple of small buffet lamps on either side of the mirror/painting on the wall. This grouping would anchor the space & tie it in to being a breakfast nook or eating area. Never place a painting/mirror out there in space without something beneath it. Check out many ideas on the internet as to how to achieve this really simple classic look!
  • Lee Cunningham Green Lee Cunningham Green on Apr 21, 2015
    Is there any chain on the lighting? if so perhaps you could bring that up a link or two, raise the painting up. Alternately I would consider getting another painting of approximate size, and hang them a-symetrically on the wall or a grouping of 3 different paintings. This space is a pretty clean slate the table dominates the space or at least that is what this photograph brings to mind. The painting is colorful but it seems lonely. Good luck and have fun...
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    • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Apr 22, 2015
      Only tall people would have that happen! I appreciate that!
  • 117135 117135 on Apr 21, 2015
    Yes! You can create a gallery wall and add more items to balance of the size of the wall to the items on the wall.
  • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Apr 22, 2015
    I agree with DeDe. But I add this. The scale of the table is way too big for this room. It appears you can not move freely, (2feet) around the room. A smaller scale table, then if other decor is added to the walls, it won't stand out like a sore thumb. It's the only thing to look at so to speak.
  • Mary Mary on Apr 22, 2015
    Here is what 54 x 30 would look like. I also rearranged the chairs per someone's advice.
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    • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Apr 26, 2015
      @Linda Whalen Gough Agree.
  • Mary Mary on Apr 22, 2015
    another view
  • Barbara Barbara on Apr 22, 2015
    The larger picture will balance out the wall much better. A white or ivory tablecloth will tie in the color of the painting as well. Love Kirklands!
  • Rose Rose on Apr 22, 2015
    Replacing the pic would be costly and what you do with this one? I would add a large frame around it in maybe a cream color OR just paint the wall in the larger size. It will in effect frame the picture and add more dimension.
  • Shari Shari on Apr 22, 2015
    Well, you know what I'm going to say about this larger size, don't you? :::smiling::: Soooooo much better! P.E.R.F.E.C.T.! Love the new chair placement too! It's amazing what a difference that made! Someone mentioned possibly adding a long, narrow sofa table under the picture, which I think is a great idea...if you have space. If there isn't enough room, maybe add a long narrow shelf supported by corbels mimic a sofa table . could buy 2 table legs from the home improvement center and DIY a narrow half table attached to the wall.
  • Julie Julie on Apr 22, 2015
    I read that you did not want to frame the picture, but what if you built a frame on the wall around the picture, leaving blank wall space between the picture and the "frame" to act as the "mat"? You could use some interesting molding or wood, or you could put a pre-made frame directly on the wall...
  • Tiffany Lord Tiffany Lord on Apr 23, 2015
    I agree that it is a little too small, but Donna's idea is great - add some sconces to each end!
  • Kimberly O'Hara Kimberly O'Hara on Apr 23, 2015
    I feel that it is too small as well. Adding sconces is a great idea.
  • Carol Ponder Carol Ponder on Apr 24, 2015
    Much too small.
  • Sandy Sandy on Apr 24, 2015
    Would it help the room look bigger & make the painting look more acceptable if you opened that folding door?
  • Sandy Sandy on Apr 24, 2015
    Also, you need to decorate the other 2 walls; not just leave them as is.
  • Tammy Sea Tammy Sea on Apr 25, 2015
    I think it's too small. You could add to it, maybe sconces or small shelves on either side, but as is it's being overwhelmed by space. Julie's idea is an excellent one; attach a frame to the wall, leaving enough space between the frame and the canvas to make up for lack of size. I did this in a dining room once, and it worked beautifully. My dining room was somewhat 'country' then, so I used plain wood trim for the frame. You can make it more or less formal depending on the design of the wood.
  • Melissa Holderread Melissa Holderread on Apr 25, 2015
    I agree that the larger size is perfect, and love the new chair placement
  • Gail Salminen Gail Salminen on Apr 25, 2015
    @Mary the new size is much more balance, but the other two blank walls are going to minimize the size. You might want to put a large mirror on one wall something light like a metal scape on the other wall. Just ran across this post by Donna which I saw quite some time ago, but forgot about - great easy project which can be scaled to any size you want.
  • Christine Christine on May 04, 2015
    The new size is much better. Put some brighter colors on the table OR add some of the dark color someplace else in the room to tie it in. The bare wall needs something, not necessarily a picture but perhaps a different color paint or paint the wall half way up with another color or stripes
    Well, I would change the table to a oblong style, and yes the picture or add to it....if this is the spot that you take your meals...a collection of pretty plates (all different) would be a nice touch...go to thrift shops and yard sales.....before you hang them place them on the floor and work out a pattern, good luck...
  • Jeanne Thompson Jeanne Thompson on Aug 18, 2016
    It is definitely too small as is. I assume you love the canvas so want to keep it. I would draw on outline of the canvas and then another larger rectangle around the outline. Paint between the two lines (or you could add mirror, tiles etc instead)...and then add a frame around that. It will create the impression of a much larger piece of art.
  • Jeannie Jeannie on Aug 18, 2016
    I would frame it to make it look larger and move it up some
  • Joan LeVasseur Joan LeVasseur on Aug 18, 2016
    I would buy the 54x30 size since you love it. My sister had a designer do her dining room and the painting in there is huge and looks gorgeous.
  • Jessica Serrano-Gregg Jessica Serrano-Gregg on Oct 25, 2016
    I'm sure somebody already said this but if you are in love with this canvas painting and want to make it bigger as to canvas to wall space ratio ~ negative space to so therefore X=available negative space ratio or ANSR {C }=WSR _> ANSR=X so floor to ceiling added in negative space would say that yes, it's too small for the space however you can do several things depending on the following: Is it an expensive canvas or more sentimental? You may just want to add a large , very ornate frame to the piece actually adding more looksee value unless of course it's a 3,000$ painting in which case instead of DIY take it to a local art gallery to ask them how to proceed. I've seen canvas like this actually "dropped" into A frame almost like a shadow box look but some people don't like to have a real canvas piece flush with the frame or wall forbthst matter. That's a good choice if you move you can just pop it out for a new space or change of decor instead of having a canvas piece permanently mounted. If it's an expensive piece don't take it to Michael's or joanns take it to a gallery where they'll know what to do to preserve the integrity of the piece. I think that's your best option, the most expensive but gives you lots and lots to play with. The other idea is to use the negative space by adding color within color on the wall or even break the wall up with wainscoting or chair rails. That's cheap and dirty to do and it would immediately break up the negative space creating a new focal point then you'd be able to hang it up from that point and it would probably look proportional from there. One way to find out is apply painters tape where you'd want the wall break and see what that does. Chair rails are the perfect height ( aptly named for the height of where a chair would hit the wall) . So if the painters tape worked then you know where to go from there. I agree with the previous comment about the table, oblong or round but obviously one way to keep the flow of the room without changing all your furnishings to adapt the painting would be a nice oblong drop frame for the canvas. That would flow better.
  • Sjeka Seika Sjeka Seika on Oct 25, 2016
    It definitely appears too small for the space and too low on the wall. As a few folks mentioned if you love it there add a border or you could even buy a larger canvas paint it out a colour you like from the painting and mount the smaller one onto the larger one using Gorilla Glue or industrial strength hot glue. As well if you can eventually pick up a rectangular table it would fit into the space a little better. Please let us know if you found a solution for your question
  • PainterNoni PainterNoni on Oct 25, 2016
    don't know if you have solved this problem or not. first off........the table is too large for the space. If you place the chairs in the corner areas, it would leave room to sit. Then, get the bigger need something huge in order to not be overwhelmed by the mass of the table.
  • Sharon Bernardo Sharon Bernardo on Nov 05, 2016
    Yes, it's too small & it is all alone in bringing interest to this space. How about table runners or 4 MATCHING placemats or chair cushions that pick up a color or 2 from the painting. On the left wall I would do a collage of round mirrors. An interesting table centerpiece couldn't hurt either. (Check out Design Source [ in San Marcos,CA.] Accessories)
  • Jan Loehr Jan Loehr on Nov 06, 2016
    I have seen this before a while back but do not see my name here as a commenter so I will leave some feedback per my vision for this small room. The room is very narrow so your chair shifts are easier for getting into the end chair by the wall...also is it remotely possible to move the set away from the back wall about a couple of feet? Think if you can of getting a small narrow long buffet for that back wall after you pulled out the set. You need some piece of long lengthwise wall table/buffet on that side then you can put a painting or mirror over it on the wall which would make the space feel larger and not so claustrophobic while you sit there eating. Hanging paintings on large spaces without anything underneath to "ground" it is bad design and does nothing to bring the space together. Hope this makes some sense ....check some pics on the internet of this arrangement and it hopefully will be clearer for you to see and envision the potential for this breakfast nook!
  • Susan Hite Susan Hite on Nov 06, 2016
    Definitely to small use simular smaller pictures or sconces
  • Gail Gail on Nov 27, 2016

    Yes, definitely too small. It is swallowed up by the space, and certainly doesn't stand out. If you love it, either put it on a smaller wall to scale, or, make a gallery wall with s group of art pieces/shelves. It looks like a very colorful painting, so you could pullthe colors out of it for ideas for other artwork in the grouping. And, yes, too low. It should be at eye level and above.

  • One8414992 One8414992 on Nov 28, 2016
    YUP, too small......Frame it in a big nice frame and paint the wall behind a soft color from the painting......The table is also too large for the space. If you could sell it and purchase a long rectangle table things would look more balanced.....I would add a nice long sofa table, or shelf, narrow along the back wall for serving food items and for décor items.....Candles, silver items, flowers etc......Black placemats have gotta go!
  • Dff11150295 Dff11150295 on Nov 30, 2016

    If you don't want to frame the canvas but want the look of a framed piece, you might think about buying a large empty frame or you could make one from molding if you're handy, Hang the frame and center the canvas in the middle of it. The wall color will look like matting and It will give the appearance of a framed and matted canvas with less expense.

  • Rudy Rudy on Dec 13, 2016

    It is too lonesome. It needs more objects that fill in some of the blank wall. You could buy more unframed art for a pleasant collage with it as the center.


  • Sal3170064 Sal3170064 on Dec 20, 2016

    Yes it's too small. But the reason is the colour on the walls. Use a lighter colour at the sides. You have made the room looked boxed in because you have chosen the same colour on all walls. Change the colour. Another way is to paint a light Rectangle about 20cm wider than the art work. Then rehang it in the middle.

  • Ginny Ginny on Dec 20, 2016

    After the holiday rush is over, take the canvas, room measurements and some photos of the area to a framer and ask their advice. Don't forget that Michael's does framing (good work by the the way) and see what they suggest. I always feel comfortable asking a professional's opinion before making a mistake I will regret. An interior designer could also give you some insight as to what to do with the wall and the room. Some designers are reasonable and can assist with colors and furniture placement. (Get one by referrals). Have you considered a nice wallpaper or painted border at the top, or crown molding with a border underneath? Take those placemats off the table and replace with a nice centerpiece and/or runner that pick up the final color(s) you choose for the room.

  • One8414992 One8414992 on Dec 21, 2016
    I feel very sympathetic for you and really do wish you well.......! Wish I could see a bigger picture of this entire room to offer some pleasant credible suggestions....As it is, the table is simply too large for the space it occupies. Then the addition of the chairs makes it even tighter.....OOPS.....Darnnit anyway....I suggest you take the path of least resistance, I know I would and list the table and chairs on Craig's List and sell......The ensemble is attractive but doesn't fit the space well.....Use the "sale" money to purchase a new table and chairs that "would work nicely" in this space you have......From what I can see I would suggest a long RECTANGLE table rather than square, oval etc......And low profile chairs.....WOODEN anything denotes weight or heavy......So think outside the box, but FIRST study what your particular taste truly is.....Modern, Traditional, Cabin, Country, Eclectic etc.....So as not to make this a daunting task and expensive, shop Craig's List again for the new dining set.......You could locate a rectangle glass top with smooth beveled edges and then place this on top of TWO "solid" pedestals......From what I can determine, your taste seems to run towards MODERN......Chrome works well with this look......And glass is definitely modern, plus it would open up the area and offer "see through" space........Even simple "cement" plain cylinders would look terrific and very interesting as pedestal's......I would suggest simple, low profile "slipper chairs" using an interesting linen, treated with stain proof spray...."Oatmeal", the color of your walls would be an

    excellent color choice for the chairs.....Soft beige or even a light charcoal....Anything LIGHT COLOR would not draw attention and make things look too dark and heavy.......Next, make a cup of tea and study your painting.....Why do you like it and which color makes the happiest?........Select that color and now jump in and paint that color you LOVE on the back wall...........Your painting will now have friendly color surrounding it and make it look less LONELY....Tee Hee..........I agree with several others that the size of your painting is on the too small side....BUT, this is VERY fixable.......Many many choices......An easy fix would be to hit up Home Depot and have a piece of wood cut to your dimensions on which to place the painting............Keep the measurements the SAME as your painting only larger...I.e. have the wood cut wider at top and bottom and shorter at the sides just like your painting..............Your painting is a rectangle, not square or etc? Now sand the wood and PAINT the wood another one of your favorite colors in the painting.......Do not want a frame? Fine...Paint the edges of your new piece of wood a slightly darker shade in the painting......OR, run a strip of SILVER metal around the wooden edges and then keep in place by pounding in decorative nail heads....THEN Glue your painting in the center of wood piece.....Getting excited now are you?........Not so fast, hee hee........A long wall to wall shelf is calling out, begging to be placed along the back wall.........At serving height.......Even 12" deep so as to be serviceable.........Sand and paint it the same shade as you dining chairs....Off white, ivory.........I would purchase a small wooden trim and nail into place along edge to give it a "finished" look, also painted Off white, ivory............You could set the shelf on standard WOOD posts, under shelf and into wall ALREADY TRIMMED, I WOULD SUGGEST THREE, THEN SAND AND PAINT. OR, LEARN HOW TO MOUNT "A FLOATING SHELF" ALONG THE WALL....Or use shelf brackets that are unobtrusive and modern.........You could also just paint the shelf and supports the same shade as the wall.........Personally I would choose a muted blue green gray...Soft......

    NOW you are ready hang your painting.......Yes! Center it....If you like add more art in the MODERN look in frames or MIRRORS & or simply flank the painting with wall sconces silver or rustic, vintage sconces and place large sized electronic candles inside...........The shelf can hold anything that pleases you........Statues, silver, glass and beautiful semi precious stones......Amethyst, moon stones, and more candle holders made from "cement" holding candles..........Check this out on DIY projects...It's easy Peasy......Locate plate "chargers" from thrift shop and spray them antique silver.....NO Table runners!

    A beautiful wire, glass, metal container center piece to which you add soft silk pastel flowers same colors as in your painting and moss for filler............Keep all linens neutral and linen like.......

    Down the road, my only other suggestion would be to add a generous sized rug under the dining table.......A tight weave, easily cleanable in a soft color...Neutral............The end....Be sure to invite me over when you're ready!

    HUGS, Linda

  • Janet A Holden Janet A Holden on Jan 01, 2017

    Does look a little too small, but the width taking up a third of the wall seems reasonable once it is hung a little higher. I think it blends with the wall too much so painting a rectangle would serve as a border. The high back chair does detract. Perhaps a chair cover would work.

  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Jan 01, 2017

    Yes to small. Find another wall that you can still see the canvas to enjoy it since it's obvious that you love it.

  • Adele Kurtz Adele Kurtz on Jan 04, 2017

    I am an artist & former ED for a gallery. I also do not like most traditional frames. Oneartstart refers to mounting your canvas on a wood panel you can paint in a color you like. I have also done that using generous margins on sheet-metal as well, flat to the wall. Here's how the wide mat would set off your painting. The modern touch is to try to mount as flat as possible: Canvas to surface, mat to wall.

    • One8414992 One8414992 on Jan 05, 2017

      Yippee, I LOVE this treatment.....Love the color you chose as well! Now it has a 3 D effect, so very cool! I too am an artist and think outside the box usually due to being thrifty and making my money go further....Ha!
  • Kimand Jay Shaw Clowdis Kimand Jay Shaw Clowdis on Nov 09, 2017

    If you think its to small add a wide frame. I have dumpster dive for frames neighbors put out or us leftover wood trim from home projects

  • Kimand Jay Shaw Clowdis Kimand Jay Shaw Clowdis on Nov 09, 2017

    just saw the above it

  • Karol Karol on Nov 09, 2017

    Yes, the illustrated 54x30 does appear better, easy solution, buy trim and miter it to the size you need, and hang around the picture, paint the wall around the picture to appear like a mat. Or paint cardboard, or decoupage or wallpaper it, behind the frame.

  • Rose Broadway Rose Broadway on Nov 09, 2017

    Yes, the added frame makes all the difference. Looks great!

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Dec 03, 2022

    A Large Ornate Mirror would be better to give the room the allusion of being Bigger.

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 05, 2022

    Yes. Make your own using painter cloth and adhere it to a frame that you pick the exact size of. Many people use colorful shower curtains and frame then. Looks great and works even better in a humid area.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Feb 14, 2023

    It is a perfect place to put a mural.

  • Deb K Deb K on Feb 14, 2023

    Hi Mary, not at all, in fact if you wanted it allows you to add a bit more. It all comes down to personal taste.

  • Yes, it is too small. You could add other artwork to the wall to fill the space.

  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 03, 2023

    Yes way too small. Perhaps a large clock that can be mounted directly on the wall (the hands and numbers only). The kits allow you to be able to be able to customise the size of the clock to a certain extent.

    Anyway I love stuff that does double duty. These kits look great on the wall and are functional at the same time.

  • Libbie B Libbie B on Jan 17, 2024

    It is too small, either add more art around it (creating a gallery-type display) or double the size of the original piece.