Decorating with art is an adventurous and exciting process.
However, there are many factors that need to be considered before making a choice. For example, your personal preferences, adhering to the rest of the interior design plan, and choosing a suitable location where art can be most effective.
Should you choose pieces that fit the room or let the room fit the pieces?
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Artistic souls would definitely go for the later as they only buy pieces they love and are looking for a place to put them right after.
If you have a specific genre in mind, or are really intrigued by a particular collection, this might be a good solution. However, there is no guarantee that your favorite picture will look good when hung in the living room and you might be forced to change the surroundings.
The effect that you should avoid at all costs when choosing art for your wall is to hang a piece that doesn’t look in the right place as its beauty may become completely irrelevant.
How do you choose the right focus?
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You can choose one or more focal points to grab attention. Make sure, however, that it is a decorative piece that can complement the overall design scheme.
The focus should be dominant, but not overwhelm the other elements or cause unnecessary clutter. For example, when choosing images for your interior, you should choose a single large one or a few smaller ones instead.
First, learn about art
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If you want to have a stunning collection at home, you need to delve deeper into the art world. Analyze and train the eye to understand different techniques and read key tips on each style.
A good place to start is to differentiate between originals, reproductions, and limited editions as this can help you round up the budget you want to spend on art.
It doesn’t have to be a classic
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Visit an art fair or talk to experienced artists. They give useful tips for choosing something very special for your space. If there is a young and future artist whose work you admire, support him!
Hang art on the most exposed walls of your home
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Wall art for your interior is a good idea, but that doesn’t have to mean you should spread it around the room. Certain walls need to be left blank, while the most exposed should display a beautiful piece that will grab attention from the first moment.
Consider multiple media
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When we talk about art, the first thing that comes to mind is painting. In this way, we only limit our options: Sculptures, for example, can add depth to any room, just like the technology, colors and textures to combine into amazing visual scenarios.
So don’t limit your choices to the media you prefer, but include any that can have a huge impact on your interior design.
Be careful with the size
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Take a few pictures of different dimensions and see how they would look on your wall. This way you limit the selection to a few parts that go well with your interior.
Fill a wall
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It will be the only decorated wall in the room, so don’t be afraid to use it all. An oversized piece is an excellent idea provided there isn’t too much furniture to distract the viewer from looking.
Attend an art exhibition at your local school
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Use the talent of young people and visit an exhibition where they show their work. If nothing else, even if the artist is the best artist in this school, you may have the opportunity to support their work and buy a great piece for a reasonable price.
Who knows – he could be extremely famous one day, and your piece could be worth a lot more than you ever would have done.
Don’t forget the content
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What does the piece show? Does your image have to do with the lines of your curved coffee table? Is the subject of the painting tropical, the same as the upholstery pattern? Shapes and moods mean the world for art and create balance and harmony.
Adjust the size to the proportions of your room
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As we explained earlier, art should neither be too small (it goes unnoticed) nor too big because it looks disproportionate.
At the same time, it shouldn’t be extremely bold as it looks too dominant or too pale to fit into the decor theme.
The best way to choose a suitable piece is to consider the size of the room and especially the walls. For example, when hanging a painting, make sure there is enough white space to prevent the painting from feeling too crowded.
Art doesn’t have to match the architectural style of your home
Even more – a traditional setting looks amazing with contemporary pieces, and you can use them to personalize and make them more vibrant.
Harmonize artwork with the color scheme
The colors that are most dominant in the room should also appear on the artwork, not necessarily identical, but at least similar to one another.
The only message you want to send is that the image is part of that environment.
If you already have pictures, choose similar ones
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The same goes for each art type – if you already have them, don’t spoil them with a completely different style.
The same applies to deliberately planned topics such as modern rooms with high ceilings where a large painting would be a win-win solution.
Make use of the lighting
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Place the artwork and test the existing lighting to see if you need to add points to light it. That will make the piece look even more fascinating.
However, be careful with glare: if you have covered the piece with glass, do not expose it to direct sunlight or artificial light as it will be lost on the wall.
If glare is a serious problem in your room, consider buying non-reflective glass like the one used in museums. However, be aware that this can be costly.
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Most of the originals are sold and shipped online to be available worldwide.
You are much more likely to find a nice piece this way than looking in a particular commercial gallery for an author whose entire work isn’t even on display there.
Black and white is always in style
Black and white is a great contrast in any type of art, especially photography or city painting. It will almost certainly get attention. So think about it if you are struggling to choose your style.
Street Art – why not?
Colorful street art is growing in popularity, so you should think about getting your hands on it before it gets too expensive.
Street art naturally looks fun and positive, and it can say a lot about your personality.
If you get brave, go brave with a piece
There should only be one “wow factor in the room” so keep everything else simple. You put a great piece in it, and the last thing you want is to see your furniture “compete” with it.
Hang parts correctly
A painting does not have to be hung on the central wall, but has to be positioned so that the center is the first to attract attention.
Sculptures, on the other hand, give you more space to experiment as you can literally place them anywhere you want.
Remember: your home is your personal haven and you decide how you want to enjoy your art. Very often people hang pictures on their ceiling so that they can look at them when they wake up. You decide!
Before you go:
- Colors are important, but they don’t have to be absolutely identical.
- Frames should not only match the painting, but also its surroundings.
- Keep the center of the pictures at eye level when you hang them.
- Make a lighting plan for your art.
- Do not expose works of art to direct sunlight.