I’m an interior design expert – how to make your home more expensive using my ‘wall art equation’

YOU don’t need a Monet or a Matisse on your walls to make your art look expensive.

An interior design expert has shared her very simple equation for choosing wall art, insisting that the way to make your home look upscale is in the sizing.

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Julie Sousa is currently decorating her own condo in Boston and shares some of her top design tips1 credit
She said hanging art this way was a no-no and explained how to best fill the space

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She said hanging art this way was a no-no and explained how to best fill the space1 credit

Julie Sousa is currently decorating her own condo in Boston and sharing some of her top design tips.

“Want your house to look expensive? So don’t have artwork that looks like that,” she says, pointing to the “wrong” way to hang art.

She films a wall along a staircase, where she has three framed works of art: the largest is in the middle, with two smaller pieces of the same size on either side.

Instead, she says, you want a large piece of wall art — but you need to make sure it’s the right size.

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The height and width of your artwork should be between four-fifths and three-quarters of the total size of your wall.

It may sound tricky, but it’s incredibly easy to understand.

First, Julie says, “You’re going to want to measure the length and width of your wall.

“Then you are going to multiply each of these by 0.6 and 0.75.”

Calculate 0.6 times your wall height and 0.75 times your wall height – and the height of your art should fall between these two numbers.

Also calculate 0.6 times your wall width and 0.75 times your wall width – and the width of your art should fall between these two numbers.

This means that for his own 8′ by 9′ wall, his work must measure between 57.6″ and 72″ in width, and between 64.8″ and 81″ in height.

Julie settled on a 60″ by 72″ canvas, showing what she looks like hanging in the same spot near the stairs.

The height and width of your artwork should be between four-fifths and three-quarters of your total wall size, which is easy to calculate.

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The height and width of your artwork should be between four-fifths and three-quarters of your total wall size, which is easy to calculate.1 credit

The effect is meant to make a home look more upscale.

Julie’s video has gone viral, racking up 15.5 million views since January.

But while many viewers seem to like the tip, others admitted they tuned out as soon as the math kicked in.

“You lost me to ‘you’re going to want to multiply.’ No ma’am!” one wrote.

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“MATH??!!!! ABSOLUTELY NOT,” writes another, while a third asks, “Do I have to do math?

“I won’t do geometry,” insisted one more.

The proof is in Julie's finished space, which has a single large artwork

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The proof is in Julie’s finished space, which has a single large artwork1 credit

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