Art in your home is one of the best ways to express who you are. It makes for interesting conversation and is a reflection of our deeper selves. Your home can feel empty or incomplete without artwork. Buying art doesn’t need to be expensive either. It is important to consider the following when buying art for your home:
Buy art you love
Choosing artwork is very personal. It is important to buy artwork that you love and are drawn to, not just what matches the room.
Buying art is a bit like getting a tattoo – you want to fall in love with it a little bit more each day.
Remember, colour is key!
The colours of the artwork are just as important as the artwork itself. The colours need to suit the décor of the room. You can either choose artwork that blends in with the décor or artwork that pops. When choosing artwork that pops, it can change the room in an instant and can turn a simple room into one that feels fun and fresh.
Choose the most important and visible walls in your home
Choosing wall spaces where your eyes are drawn to as you enter a room or hallway are a good place to start when deciding where to place artwork. Other great places for any artwork that you love are above the mantel or above the sofa where there is usually the largest wall space.
When you decide where to hang a piece of art in the home, it is a good idea to leave some blank space around the artwork in order for it to shine.
Pick the right size
It is a good idea to measure the dimensions of your wall and take photos of the room so it will give you a better idea as to whether, when you see a piece of art you like, it will fit on the wall you have in mind. A rule of thumb is to have the art fill two-thirds to three-quarters of the wall.
Having said that, don’t be afraid to use the entire wall. Many people think that a large piece of artwork won’t fit in their home when in fact, it will. For contemporary art, bigger is better to maximize impact. Learn to experiment – it’s amazing what you discover works when you try new things.
Consider different media
You don’t always need to choose a painting or a print. Look for artwork that will enhance the décor of your room – whether it be sculptures to add depth or mixed media to add texture. A mixture of paintings, photographs and sculpture collected over time and travels shares with the visitors stories about the home owners’ life and interests.
Having different media creates a much more interesting environment. Variety is always good!