How To Choose The Best Art For Your Home

Art, Interior Design and Decorator Tips

The right piece of art can really increase the visual interest of any space.  Have you ever walked into a room and been captured by a unique piece of art that took your breath away?  I love rooms like that, people love rooms like that we all want to have rooms like that.  Let’s talk through how you, can get a room with ‘that’ art that captures people’s attention.

Firstly, it’s about looking at your space, working out where you need your art to go, and not being shy with the size you choose to hang – often a wall calls for a large piece of art if this is the case step up and go big with the dimensions of your art.

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Next we want to talk subject.  The subject matter of the art really sets the scene for the feel that you are wanting to achieve in a space.  There are multiple trains of thought with the subject matter of your art.  One being buy what you love and it will work in your home, this gives a more relaxed eclectic feel in the space. The other method is to buy art relevant to the decor of the room you are planning for it to go into, this method will result in a more cohesive, planned look but you still need to be careful that it isn’t too contrived otherwise your room will start looking like a showroom.  I have used both of these methods on different occasions with different clients, dependent on my client’s needs and room style.  One thing to note is this is an opportunity for you to express yourself through your art subject matter, sometimes people struggle to choose a subject matter so go with abstract, this is fine but I would encourage you to look at the space and see if it is calling for some type of print if it is then an actual subject matter such as an animal, portrait, landscape, maybe what is needed to inject some extra personality into your room – ask, will an abstract add to the look of this room?

The scale of art in relation to a room.  Sometimes having an oversized piece of art in a smaller room is what takes that room to another level.  Either way, it’s very important to consider the scale of your room when selecting art for it.

The next consideration is frame type, again this is dependent on two things the subject matter of the art and the room that the art is going into.  For instance, if you are putting a piece of classic subject art into a traditionally styled room you wouldn’t have the art as an unframed canvas as this would look too casual for the traditional room.  The same applies if you are putting an abstract piece into a contemporary room you wouldn’t choose a print with matt board and traditional ornate gold leaf frame, the art needs to sit well in its surroundings.

I guess the key here is that you want to choose art for your rooms that you feel a connection to.  I know I have a very large piece of art in our family room that has the subject matter of a beautiful natural untouched landscape.  This art is a key piece in our room that sets the relaxed, casual mood we were wanting to encapture in this space.  It takes the viewer to wide-open spaces.  It’s important that you and your family feel a real connection to the art in your home and that it consistently brings the response you intend, be it a smile, curiosity, peace, laughter and that you feel you can look deep into the piece for days and years to come still find something new to see.

My Decorator has access to a lot of different art suppliers, if you are struggling to find just the right piece why don’t you contact us, we’d love to assist you.