Art is such a personal choice. It can be like a cherry on a cake finishing off the design concept or a starting point, a source of inspiration – for style, colours, patterns, scale. Whatever the way, art will enhance the look of any room. As much as it looks simple, choosing the right piece of art is not just buying what you love. There are a few elements you will need to consider to make sure the piece you like will also work in your home. Sharing here are some key tips for choosing art for your home.
DISCOVER YOUR TASTE AND STYLE
Do you prefer abstract art? Canvas art over prints? Defining your style is important and normally it will just be an extension of your overall interior style. It all depends on your tastes, preferences, and needs. You may love the frameless look and will lean towards canvas.
Always consider its size and make sure it is right for the wall. You don’t want a tiny artwork on it’s own on a big wall. However, if you want to make a statement, choosing a bigger piece is a great option, but will again need to be the right wall to do so. It’s amazing how a statement piece can change the look of an entire room. If you go with bigger scale or bold, keep the rest of the room simple and other things in the room minimal, so they don’t compete with each other.
Measure and plan accordingly especially when buying more than one piece of art. Make sure you keep a cohesive story with your art selection. You can bring in pops of contrasting hues, but having an edited palette creates a more high-end, high-impact look. Bring in variety in size and orientation.
Go for a piece that ‘speaks’ to you. It is something that you won’t be changing often (especially if you are a collector and you are prepared to spend more), so it should be something you truly love. Find that emotional connection.
If you don’t want to commit to one piece of art and you like to change it around, consider hiring it. There are some great art galleries around and the beauty of hiring a piece of art is, that while you haven’t committed to buying it, you can live with it for the rental period and decide if it is the right one for your house.
Look at similar or complimentary colours. Take into account wall colours, furnishings, pillows, throws, window treatments to create a palette of colours to look for in your artwork.
HANG IT RIGHT
Make sure it is hung at the correct height – nothing looks more wrong than a piece of art hung to low or too high. the general rule is that the centre of the artwork should be approximately at your eye level.
Make your art pop using lights. Good lighting enhances the effect of the art. Pin spotlights that direct light onto individual artworks is a great way of illuminating them. These ceiling fixtures can be recessed or surface-mounted, and they allow the direction of light to be adjusted. There are a few other and different lighting options (track lights, mounted on the art etc) if you are considering to enhance your art, but it is important to know what works best for your house and what do you want to achieve. If you are unsure where to start, talk to an expert.
Art is not just canvas and prints – introduce different shapes and materials like metal art, ceramic plates, popular juju hats to create interest and add texture to the wall. Get creative.
If you need help finding the right piece of art, do not hesitate to get in touch. We have an extensive network of suppliers and will help you find the right piece of art for your style and your budget.
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