Deciding which pieces of art to display in your home can be exciting and fun, but it is also one of the most difficult stages in the interior design process. That doesn’t mean, however, that using art can’t be executed tastefully. With the proper planning and considerations the right art choices can highlight an already breathtaking room.
The first thing to consider when planning which art to display in your home is what the overall theme of the space you are working with is. Select a print or painting that reflects the style of the space and the look you are trying to achieve. Consider also the function of the space or room you are selecting art for. For instance your art choices for a kitchen will more than likely be different than what you would choose for a study or lounge.
After you have determined the overall theme and style you are going to work with, take note of these 7 tips for maximizing the appeal of a room through art.
Tip one: Consider any accent colors you have throughout your space that you would like to tie-in through the artwork
The art you pick out can help tie the room together by accentuating existing color themes. Be careful not to overdo it though, too much of one color can backfire; you don’t want to overwhelm people when they step into a particular room. You want to refer to your rooms by their true names, rather than calling your kitchen “the blue room.” Simplicity and cohesiveness are underrated qualities.
Tip two: Using abstract, canvas-wrapped pieces will create a more transitional look, and can modernize more traditional spaces instantly
Just because you are working with a traditional space doesn’t mean you are stuck with traditional art. Subtle facets of the art you choose can help you modernize rooms with minimal effort.
Tip three: Add visual weight and scale to a smaller piece by adding a large frame
Stack frames together on the same piece for an even more dramatic look. Or, leave large canvas wrapped pieces frame-less for a high-impact gallery effect
Tip four: Consider size of artwork vs. the size of where it will hang or be displayed
One of the biggest mistakes we find people making when they choose art for their home is trying to fit oddly sized pieces onto differently sized display areas. This may sound like common sense but if you like a piece of art, make sure you have an area that works to display it before buying it. Often people become married to a particular art piece because they are so enamored with it that they disregarded the simple practicality of where it would fit.
Keep the type of frame and subject matter consistent to create an organized gallery feel. Or, if you’d like more flexibility, use different sizes, types of art, and colors to create a more eclectic feel. You can easily change out pieces or add more as your collection increases.
Tip six: Displaying Photography
Large scale graphic photography can be a perfect complement to virtually any decor. Consider the subject matter and what feel you are trying to convey. Desert landscape, urban settings, or even family pictures can be true art when displayed with purpose and can add a more personal touch.
Tip seven: Don’t limit yourself
Don’t limit the art on your walls to typical paintings and prints. Bring some variety to your space by looking at ordinary objects as potential art (antique gates, doors, plates or artifacts). Smaller pieces can be grouped together to create a bigger impact and can save money versus one large investment piece.
Every piece of art is unique, that is after all, what makes it art! Every room is, or should be, excitingly unique also. With that being said we realize that each time you choose art for a new room or space in your home you will be faced with a unique, yet exciting challenge. Hopefully the tips we’ve shared today help make your art selection journey more exciting than challenging. If you have any questions on art choices as they relate to interior design, or just want to have a discussion about choosing art for a home, don’t hesitate to reach out to us on Twitter: @OwnbyDesign (https://twitter.com/OwnbyDesign) or Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ownbydesign, we would love to chat with you!