Adding an art piece to any room adds a level of sophistication and WOW factor to your home. Despite this, many homeowners leave their walls blank due to the challenge of finding art that truly fits.
Having art in your home is one of the best ways to express who you are, but unless you’re an art curator, gallery owner, or artist, chances are that buying art may not come naturally to you.
Fear not – when it comes to art, it’s all about following your heart and trusting your instinct. While this may sound cheesy, it is good advice. Art is all about generating emotions in the person who looks at it. Art is not just about beauty, it’s about making your heart sing!
Here are some easy tips to guide you on the right track when it comes to choosing artwork for your home.
1. Buy Art that you Love
If you would like to include art pieces in your home but not sure how to choose or what to invest in, remember that art is subjective and about self-expression. Whether or not it has the potential to rise in value, it should be something that you will enjoy having in your home every day. Remember, the art is for you, so choose it at heart level and think about how it makes you feel.
Wooden sculptures seen inside the entryway of the Northwestern Display.
2. Be Open to Different Mediums
Art doesn’t mean you have to pick a painting. There are many different forms of art out there – from sculptures, rugs, framed mirrors – it’s all about colour, content and texture. A painting adds a splash of colour to the space, while sculptures will add depth to a room. Mixed media pieces may add excitement and energy. Think about which medium will have the biggest impact on enhancing your room’s décor.
Another entryway showing off sculptures, art pieces, photography and standing lamps. A lot is happening – but it still works well.
3. Explore What’s Out There
Sure, you could just buy some art from the local homewares store, but why not get out there and see the art being exhibited in your area. Great local and original art is displayed not only in exhibitions, but coffee shops, restaurants and educational institutions.
If you can’t find something you like, an effective Plan B is searching the internet for affordable art that matches what you need.
A bold mirror statement is art in its own right – adding energy into this master bedroom in the Modena Display.
4. Pick the Right Size
Measure your wall’s dimensions and bring pictures of the room with you when shopping for artwork. Think about space allowance as well as foot traffic in the room. You don’t want to pick a large statue for a small entryway.
Not keen on a bold painting or ‘out there’ abstract sculpture? Consider getting something a little more subdued like an artistic coffee table – a focal point in any living room.
5. What’s the Focal Point?
A room can have more than one area that draws your attention. If you are looking for a single point that will define the room (or specific pieces to compliment the colour scheme) then a quirky design element will add life and focus into the space.
A vibrant living room with a feature wallpaper that shares similar colours to the furniture.
6. Colour is Key
Pick artwork that contains some of your room’s colour or design. Art with a similar style or complimentary colour to the space it’s in will sync well. Take into account your wall colour, furnishings, pillows, throws, and curtains to create a palette of colours to look for in your artwork.
A painting hangs on the wall of this white, clean and modern home, adding just enough excitement to create some energy into the room. Notice how the colour theme of the art work ties in well with the colour scheme of the space.
7. Content Matters
What does the art or sculpture depict? Sometimes it’s hard to tell if its abstract – but use your imagination. Do the waving lines in it mirror your curved coffee table? Does the bright pattern of your curtain reflect the holiday theme of your painting? Have you got a big white space that needs a standing statue or quirky, green cactus?
An abstract sculptural design seen hanging above this bedroom may very well boost creativity.
8. Hang it Right
Make sure your artwork is hung at the correct height and is eye level. For ideas, follow the art gallery standard, which means the center of the painting should be at about 60 inches from the floor.
The theatre room is one place where paintings and sculptures might often seem muted due to the low-lit lighting. Consider getting a statement standing lamp that looks artistic in its own right.
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