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Essential Tips for Choosing Artwork for Your Home

Whether you've move into your new place or are looking to spruce up your existing place choosing artwork for your home can be daunting. Art is like setting the stage for your life's most memorable moments. It’s not just about what you hang but how it changes your homes vibe to suit your personality.

To help you find decide on what to choose to hang up on your walls, here's a guide to help you through - with 10 quick essential tips outlined below and in more detail to follow:

  • Space Savvy: Understanding room dynamics.
  • Style Echo: Art that mirrors you.
  • Genre Mashup: Mixing art types.
  • Spot On: Where to place your pieces.
  • Decor Harmony: Art meets furniture.
  • Budget Magic: Art for every wallet.
  • Local Love: Discovering new artists.
  • Color Moods: The power of palette.
  • Statement Pieces: Making art the star.
  • Future Value: Art as an investment.
  • Hanging Rules: Tips for displaying your art.

 

Richard Round Turner - House and Garden UK

 

Grab your favorite drink, get comfy, and let's dive into the art-filled journey of making your home a canvas of your personality!

Space Savvy: Understanding Room Dynamics

Creating the right visual impact starts with understanding your room's unique characteristics.

  • Wall Size Awareness: Choose art that complements your wall's dimensions - big walls can handle larger pieces.
  • Lighting Consideration: Position your artwork to take advantage of natural light or add accent lighting for dramatic effect.
  • Optimal Hanging Height: Eye-level is a good standard, but feel free to break the rules for a creative twist.

 

GoodMood - Samantha Hauvette et Lucas Madani

(Image From Goodmoods Trendsetter)

Style Echo: Art That Mirrors You

Your art should be a reflection of you – choose pieces that resonate with your personal aesthetics.

  • Personal Connection: Go for art that speaks to you, whether it's through subject matter, style, or color.
  • Style Consistency: Keep your overall home decor theme in mind to ensure a seamless blend.
  • Color Coordination: Play with colors that complement or contrast with your existing room palette.

Genre Mashup: Mixing Art Types

Create a visual feast by combining various art forms and styles.

  • Diverse Styles: Don't shy away from mixing classical with contemporary or abstract with realistic. Or blending your styles with your significant other to make a collage of eye candy.
  • Complementary Colors: Unify different pieces through a common color scheme.
  • Balanced Variety: Achieve a harmonious look by balancing variety with consistency.

 

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Found on Curbed - Photo of Kelly Marshall's Apartment

Spot On: Where to Place Your Pieces

Strategically placing your art can transform the look and feel of a room.

  • Visual Balance: Consider the layout of the room and furniture when deciding where to place your art.
  • Interactive Spaces: Choose locations where the art can be appreciated up close for more intimate pieces.
  • Creative Placement: Experiment with unconventional spots for a surprise element.
  • Photo Collage: If you're thinking about putting together a collage of art pieces, be mindful of space between pieces and experiment with different frames as well - don't be afraid to get funky with it... depending on your style.

Decor Harmony: Art Meets Furniture

Create a dialogue between your artwork and furniture for a cohesive interior design.

  • Complementary Styles: Match modern art with contemporary furniture, or pair classical pieces with vintage decor.
  • Echoing Colors: Use art to bring out accent colors in your furniture or vice versa.
  • Proportional Artwork: Keep art size in line with furniture and room scale.

Budget Magic: Art for Every Wallet

Great art doesn't have to break the bank - there are plenty of affordable options to explore.

  • Affordable Art Sources: Hunt for treasures in thrift stores, online marketplaces, or local art fairs.
  • DIY Creations: Personalize your space with your own creations – it's budget-friendly and deeply personal.
  • Rotating Art: Change artwork periodically for a fresh look.

Local Love: Discovering New Artists

Supporting local and emerging artists not only brings unique art into your home but also nurtures the art community.

  • Explore Local Talent: Check out local art shows and galleries in your area, you'll be surprised to discover artists in your community at more reasonable prices in some cases.
  • Online Platforms: Use social media and online art communities to find up-and-coming artists.
  • Connect with Stories: Choose pieces with a story or background you connect with for a more meaningful decor.

 

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    Image from Bolig Magazine DK

    Color Moods: The Power of Palette

    The colors in your artwork can dramatically affect the mood and ambiance of your space.

    • Set the Tone: Use vibrant colors for a lively atmosphere or muted tones for a calming effect.
    • Complementary Schemes: Choose artwork that harmonizes with your room's color scheme.
    • Understanding Color Psychology: Consider the emotional impact of different colors.

     

    Sandra Benhamou Apartment

    Statement Pieces: Making Art the Star

    A standout piece of art can become the focal point of your room, setting the tone for the entire space.

    • Go Bold and Think Outside the Box: Choose a piece/pieces that are bold and attention-grabbing, but still resonates with your style.
    • Room Theme: Let the artwork dictate the theme or mood of the room.
    • Keep It Balanced: Ensure the rest of the room’s decor complements, not competes with, your statement piece.

    Future Value: Art as an Investment

    Consider the potential future value of the artwork you choose, especially if you're interested in collecting as an investment.

    • Research the Artist: Look into the artist's background and the likelihood of their work appreciating in value.
    • Limited Editions: Look for limited edition or unique pieces that are more likely to increase in value.
    • Art Care: Proper maintenance is key to preserving the value and condition of your artwork.

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    Hanging Rules: Tips for Displaying Your Art The way you hang your art can make all the difference in your home’s overall appearance.

    • Standard Height: The center of your artwork should generally be at eye-level, around 57-60 inches from the floor.
    • Grouping Art: When hanging multiple pieces, treat them as one unit and balance them as a whole.
    • Spacing Consideration: Leave some breathing room between artworks to avoid a cluttered look.
    • Break the Rules: All of this is also to say - dont be afraid to break the rules and place your piece where you think looks best, mindful of space and context in your room

     

    Choosing artwork for your home is more than just filling up wall space; it's about creating an environment that reflects and enhances your lifestyle. Trust your instincts, have fun with the process, and watch as your space transforms into a personalized haven of style and comfort.

     

     

     

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