Choosing the right pieces of art to decorate your home with is a great way to bring some more color to your decor, and an even better way to show off your tastes and personality to your guests. But how do you choose the best pieces for your home and how should you display them?
Choose The Right Size
First, choose a space that you think would benefit from having a piece of art added to it. How big is the space that you’ve chosen? Look out for different art pieces that will properly fill the space that you have available and won’t end up looking small and lost on the wall.
If you have large rooms with a big stretch of empty wall to fill up, you can choose an oversized piece of art to create a dramatic effect. Scale down for smaller rooms or use a few smaller pieces to create a gallery wall to showcase more pieces of art. To create a gallery wall like this, choose a mixture of different pieces by the same artist, or a range of art in the same style or color palette to create a cohesive display.
Think About Style
What style is the rest of your home? Your art should blend in with the style of the rest of the house. Do you live in a cozy country cottage or a modern city apartment? Is your decor vintage chintz or sleek minimalism?
Make you choose art that matches the style of your decor, or it will look strange and out of place. Look at lots of pieces at a gallery or an online store to get a feel for the styles of art that you like and that could tie in to your home and existing decor well. For example, a modern home might look good with simple pieces in minimal colors, or if you’ve decorated your home with souvenirs from your travels, then a gorgeous piece of lake art from somewhere you’ve visited, or prints from trips could work really well.
Remember to choose frames in the right style too, and don’t think about only the art itself. Buy art in sets to create themed displays or gallery walls. You can group them together on longer walls, or along stairwells to create displays that look great.
Tying together art that is in a few different styles can be as simple as matching the main colors in a print to the color of your walls or buying art that has a consistent theme. If your bathroom is inspired by the beach, pick beach prints to tie in with the theme, for example.
Start With The Art
Are you planning on redecorating a whole room? Start by shopping for your art. If you fall in love with a beautiful feature piece, you can use that piece to inspire the choices that you make for the rest of the room. Pull out some of the colors from the painting to use in the rest of the room, such as paint, soft furnishings, and ornaments. If you buy art last, you risk falling in love with a piece that has completely the wrong colors for your room. If you want art to be the feature piece, choose it first.
You can also let the style of the piece inspire the theme of the rest of the room, whether it’s more modern or classic in style. Using the art piece to inspire the rest of the room that you are redecorating means the piece will really stand out and be shown off to its best advantage and will bring you real enjoyment whenever you look at it.
Get The Mood Right
Think about how you want to feel in each room and choose art that helps you to feel that way. For example, if you’re choosing pieces of art to display in your bedroom, you’ll want to pick some pieces that give you a sense of calm and relaxation. Choose soft colors or a scene that relaxes you, like a landscape or seascape. For your kitchen, you could choose something a bit brighter and more cheerful, that has more of a sense of fun.
Art can have a big impact on the way that we feel, so choose your pieces carefully and match the right pieces to the right rooms.
Choose art that you love and that makes you happy, whether that’s expensive original artwork or cheap prints bought online. Whatever you choose, make it yours.
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