How to choose wall art for your home or office? Here are 8 quick tips for selecting art for your space.
First of all you have to think about which kind of art you like and how that would fit into your space. Selecting art for your home can be an exciting venture and a source of pleasure for years to come.It may happen that you fall in love with a work of art and decide to build the surroundings to fit that piece of art.
But, what happens if you have already created the look of the room and are looking for art to suit the decor? We did our homework and give you an 8- step guide to successful investing in art.
1. Choosing colors
If you want to invest in a piece that will stand the test of time, then go for colors which would work in most color schemes. You could play it safe and choose art with muted colors, black-and-white art, or art that is framed in a way that mutes its color impact in the room. A wide light-colored mat and neutral frame creates a protected environment for the art within.
However, when selecting a painting to match color, select one or two of the boldest colors in your room and look for art that includes those elements. There is no need for an exact match. Picking up one or two of the same colors will send a message that the painting belongs in this environment.
Another basic rule of thumb is to choose an art piece that will match your room without detracting from any of the design elements that are in it. If your design style is filled with sleek lines and neutral colors, then a canvas wall art that adds a touch of color to a room is the perfect selection.
If your room is filled with color, such as with a Middle Eastern styled room, then a simple canvas wall art that has minimal color will provide a nice break in the room.
One of the common interior design tricks is repetition of colour. If you have a painting with lots of blue, introducing the same colour somewhere else in the room will create a feeling of continuity and flow. This can be done through accessories – decorative cushions, rugs, vases and vessels:
Alternatively, painting can be a bright spot in mainly neutral interior. This usually works great in modern minimalistic and Scandinavian spaces: without that pop of colour they would look too sterile and uninviting.
2. Motion or stillness / Lines
Paintings with mostly horizontal lines, such as landscapes, marine art, still life are usually more peaceful and calming than those with vertical lines: pictures of city skyscrapers, standing people or trees.
Motion or stillness
All paintings can be conventionally divided into two categories: depicting still life and depicting movement. If you want to create serene and relaxing environment, choose the first one: landscapes, nature morte, portraits. Otherwise, for bringing energy and liveliness to the space find paintings with motion. They don’t have to be pictures with running horses, they can simply be abstract paintings with curvilinear forms or lines in different directions which are subconsciously associated with movement.
3. How to choose the right size
These are the two major criteria for selecting art to fit its surroundings.For any particular space, art that is too large will overwhelm and art that is too small will be lost and look out of proportion.The bolder the art, the more room it needs to breathe. Larger canvas artwork can look stunning in a large, spacious conversion, whereas collections of smaller pictures work well in smaller cottage locations. Measure the space you want to hang the art and leave enough “white space” so that the painting will not feel crowded.
4.How to frame and hang your artwork
Frames should suit both the art and the environment. Metal Prints and Canvas artwork can be hung with no frame and can be a good solution for interior walls that can’t carry a great deal of weight. If you do select a frame, tie it in to the location where the artwork is to be hung, as well as in to the artwork itself. The frame should be a continuation of the picture rather than a contrast.A wide light-colored mat and neutral frame create a protected environment for the art within.
Style is another consideration when selecting a frame for your art. If your house is filled with antiques, for example, you’ll want to use antique style frames on the paintings you hang there. If you have contemporary furniture in large rooms with high ceilings, you’ll want to hang large, contemporary paintings.
5.Hang your paintings so the centre is at eye level
As a rule, paintings should be hung so that the centre of the painting is at eye level and hung the right way up.This helps the eye get a sense of proportion. On abstract pieces this can be confusing , so you should look at the artwork from various angles of the space to find its perfect spot on the wall.
6.Think about how you plan to light the art
Make sure there is enough light on the art to show it off. Consider track lighting or picture lights if the art requires more light.
7.Make the painting the center of attraction of your room
Try to play down the other design elements of the room such as window coverings, carpeting, wall coverings, and even furniture. A room crowded with other colors, textures, and objects will take the spotlight away from the art. That is if you don’t want to create an mix’n’ match boho style, which needs an excess of elements.
8. How to create an art-friendly room
When you walk into a gallery or museum, what do they all have in common? White walls and plenty of light. If a room has wallpaper, patterns or is quite dark, there will be too much interference for you to appreciate the piece. Simple, plain and neutral colour schemes work best to show off your art.
You may like to select one room in your house to focus on art. Paint the walls white or off-white. Lay hardwood floors or a neutral carpet. Install window coverings with clean simple lines and neutral colors (or no window coverings at all). Put up directional spot lights that can be adjusted to focus on the art, or use individual picture lighting for each piece.
For the furniture, follow the principle that less is more. This is not the room to display your collectibles. Let the art be the star. Then relax and enjoy it.
The SpARTakos web team