I have to admit that I have been guilty of this way of thinking in the past as well. I have definitely changed my way of thinking when ordering my personal portraits and would like to encourage you to give this a little thought as well.
As you can see in the example below, there is a big difference between an 11 x 14 portrait and an 8 x 10 portrait. Imagine hanging that 8 x 10 on a wall all alone. It’s probably not really going to make much impact. And the 5 x7 in the example below would probably be completely lost hanging on a wall alone.
Hanging an 11 x 14 portrait alone on a wall is probably going to work a little better for most of us. And if it’s a family portrait, I would even encourage you to think about even going up to a 16 x 20. The other thing that works really well is hanging smaller portraits together in groupings. Four 8 x 10’s together, an 11 x 14 with two 8 x 10’s, etc… This will definitely give you more impact and will allow you to really enjoy your portraits as the artwork that they are. Single 8 x 10’s and 5 x 7’s are more at home in a frame on a desk or table than hanging on a wall!
Below are a few examples of portrait groupings.