No matter how beautiful your home is, a room with bare walls feels incomplete. Without art, a space lacks the attitude, and layers that a significant painting can bring.
Pictures, paintings, and photos serve as the icing on the cake of your home. Wall art pulls together your space, and adds personality to it, draws the eye, makes your home more inviting, and gives it a complete upgrade.
Although it might seem intimidating to buy, install, and purchase art, I'm going to share a few tips to help make it easier for you along the way.
Before we dive into these tips about finding the perfect art for your space, here is one piece of advice you should carry with you throughout your search. Find something you love.
Art creates a feeling, so just remember whatever painting or picture you choose, it should bring feelings of excitement, happiness, joy, and peace.
Knowing how to choose the right art for your home is part learning and part gut instinct, and ultimately the artwork that you choose for your home, should speak to you alone. Here are some tips to help you choose the right artwork for your space.
#1) Invest in pieces you love
A work of art needs to speak to you personally, expand your mind, inspire you, and move you, you need to feel it.
Trust your gut.
After all, a home should represent its owner, so one should think twice before following the new trends.
Something you are truly attracted to is something that will ultimately stand the test of time. Art is the most powerful tool in any room, and sets the tone as well.
#2) Select the right wall art size for your space
You must consider placement before you buy any artwork, and that will help you determine the right size you are looking for.
Will your piece be resting on the top of a surface? Like a desk or a shelf? Or hung directly on the wall?
It’s important to find the right size of art because a picture too big or too small, can throw off the balance of the room.
I always say to start with larger pieces, and work your way down to smaller ones.
For example, if you want to put a picture or painting above your couch, start with this first because it will be the first thing people see.
As you start pulling together your space, you can add smaller pieces, and soon enough your home will be decorated with the designs you love.
Here are some basic rules to go by
Mini frames. These are any pictures between 25 and 45 cm in length, and they always look good when grouped together.
Small frames. Small frames are between 45 to 60 centimeters long, and and good for grouping together as well.
You can also combine 2 to 6 small pieces of wall art for a more dynamic effect.
Medium-size wall art is approximately 60 to 80 centimeters in length, and is also the most versatile size.
You can add two to a wall, or just go with a singular piece, and that will speak volumes for itself as a standalone in an understated room.
Large frames are between 80 to 100 centimeters in length, and make fantastic centerpieces you can add to any surface, or act as a key piece to a busy wall.
Oversized is any wall art that is 1 meter or larger in length. This piece works as the focal point of a room.
They look gorgeous when placed above, and are equally as big as a piece of furniture such as a bed, sofa, or dining table.
Keep it in proportion
Always keep wall art 15 centimeters above the edge of your furniture.
Also, consider the proportions of the room for example, the height of your ceiling when placing your art.
When in doubt buy in threes
Wall art sets are a thing for a reason, so if you’re having trouble finding the perfect wall art for your space, why not grab multiple pieces at once.
They are designed for certain placements, that will make your space looks super stylish and effective, and will make good use of your space.
#3) Selecting wall art by color
There are a few different ways you can select wall art for your home, and the first one is a commonly used tactic, and that is to find pieces that tie in with your home's existing color scheme already.
You can select wall art by color with the use of your accent cues. To do this, you just need to select a color or two that’s already presented in your room, and let that color be the guide that helps you choose the art you will buy.
You can look for art that might have the same color tones, or shades. This will create a contemporary result, and create depth, while not straying too far from your existing color palette.
And if you already have a statement piece in the room, you can also buy art that has hints of that color in the painting that you already have, and add that to your space.
#4) Selecting wall art by theme
You can select and source new art pieces based on the theme of your room or house.
For example, a beachy coastal home won’t suit bold and bright contemporary artwork, but instead light, whitewashed, neutral shades, and elements with touches of some cool hues like green, or blue would be best.
You would also opt for beiges, creams, and whites with lots of texture, or sandy beachy photography with stone, or sanded white frames.
On the other hand, this wouldn’t look good in a mid-century modern home that has bolder colors, distinctive shapes, and dark wood.
In this style of home, you should opt for vintage posters, pops of blue and red, and playful geometry that will tie the room together.
#6) Mix and match
Did you know that art doesn’t have to match your room at all, and it’s okay to be eclectic?
You can also create a gallery wall, and it’s a great way to work with artworks of different colors, styles, and sizes.
Just remember before you create a gallery wall, you must correctly lay it out. It must be something that is carefully thought through, especially for the placements of each piece.
#7 Choose artwork to set the mood
Artwork can be an inspiration of color, but more than that mood.
I think one of the main starting points is to be dynamic, but not too flat, so it’s really about placing the piece of artwork in the right room that will set the mood, and expand from that.
Sometimes if you think a piece of art just doesn’t seem to work, like it feels outdated or off? it could be as simple as reframing it, and that can do the trick.
Knowing the overall ambiance you are aiming to achieve in your space is important in creating the relationship between your artwork, and its surroundings for the desired atmosphere.
There is no wrong art or right art way to buy art for your home, it all comes down to your taste and the art you love. After all, you will be the one living with it.
Falling in love with a piece? Do some research on it. Find out a little more about the artist, the art's meaning, background, and values, and learn more.
Why abstract art? And why should I care?
Abstract art has been around over 100 years ago, and started with cave paintings that were created thousands of years ago. It has definitely held its own against changing movements, testimonials and manifested, for all of these centuries.
Abstraction literally means the distancing of an objective reference from an idea. What that means is in the visual arts is pulling a depiction away from any literal representational reference points.
Abstract art can also be called nonrepresentational art.
What continues the interest in abstract art lies in its ability to inspire our curiosity, expand our imagination.
It gives us the potential to create something completely unique in the world.
I love creating abstract art because it is a personal expression of what I feeling inside, and when I am engaged with it, I am fully caught up in the medium, mission, and tools.
I never think about the end result of the product because I enjoy being in, and engaging in the creativity process, and that’s what’s most important to me.
When I am painting, I completely disassociate from what is happening in that moment, and enter a place of a pure state of creation.
Everything I paint comes from the subconscious mind, I believe, and it’s very therapeutic and healing.
The prominent use of abstract art has allowed me to better communicate my ideas and emotions about life, in its multi faucets of ways.
Abstract art is especially unique in the way that it creates a statement, and gives others something to talk and think about.
I hope you received some valuable information in this post that you can take with you on your search, to find the perfect art for your home.