How To Decorate Your Dining Room With Fine Art

Most of us in the working world could never afford an original piece of art work like a Picasso or Renoir but we can still make our living spaces enjoyable with fine art. Who knows, maybe one day the photographs or pieces of artwork that you invest in will be as valuable as a Picasso….wouldn’t that be an awesome legacy to leave to your family.  Today I’m going to give you some helpful tips for decorating your dining area with art and make your walls reflect your own sense of taste and style while offering comfort to your guests.


When decorating your dining area it seems to be best to shoot for more of a low key style than expressing boldness. People connect with food and are comforted by it. The point of a dining area is to connect with family and friends over a meal; the last thing you want to do is have an uncomfortable room with over the top colors and themes that ruins the calm, comfortable eating environment.

If your decorating tastes lean more towards modern, select muted neutral colors and objects such as nature photographs or painting. If you are more of a traditionalist, calm landscape photographs or paintings of rolling meadows, creeks and rural scenes are ideal. Narrative landscapes, artwork that tells a story, always make for great conversational pieces over dinner no matter what you style is. Chose photographs or pieces of artwork that has a little of your color theme in them in order to pull everything together in harmony.

Size matters!

When selecting photographs or artwork for your dining area keep in mind that size does matter. If your dining room is on the small side, a large print will crowd the walls and overwhelm the entire room. You want your visitors to be able to view the photographs or artwork without having to back up to take it all in. However, the same theory applies to small images or artwork. Small images are great for making wall collages but individually they may be too small for your guests to view without squinting or moving in closely. Another thing to consider is if the photographs or artwork is going to hang over a piece of furniture. It’s best practice to keep the artwork width under the width of the piece of furniture. For example if you have a hutch that is 4ft across then the artwork should be less than 4ft. The final note on size I would like to share is about spacing. When selecting your photographs and artwork you may need to get it framed yourself to match your decor, so don’t forget to calculate your mat and frame size.


Before you spend money on any photographs or artwork it may be in your best interest to create a layout of your wall space in each area  you want to hang your photographs or artwork. Simply measure out and tape off the area that a photograph or piece of artwork is going to hang, masking tape or painters tape works best. Once you’re done taping sit in the seat across from the mock-ups, readjust the taped area (mock-up) until you are comfortable with the size and spacing around it.

Get your final measurements of the mock-up and start shopping. To view our online gallery please visit: PI Photography and Fine Art