Well-placed artwork has the power to transform a space, but selecting the correct piece can be a complicated and intimidating project. Art is the beautiful icing on the cake in any home. It’s a perfect way to add extra personality and really make the space feel true to yo. So it makes sense to spend some time considering which pieces you want to display. There’s no single list of rules set in stone for how to choose art for a living room, so you have plenty of options at your fingertips. Here are some tips on how to choose art for your home:
- Consider the room. When picking art for any room bigger is better! Any interior designer can aid you in sizing your artwork. However, there is one decorating mistake that people made every so often. It is thatpeople tend to choose wall art that is much too small for the room! If you are investing in art, you certainly don't want to buy it, and hang it, only to discover your room still feels barren. Take into account the amount of furniture that you have in a room, if it is sparse, then a large piece of artwork will fill up the visual field as furniture might. Think about your ceilings are they high, voluminous, vaulted ceilings allowing for a grand painting, or low where a shorter canvas height with landscape orientation might work best? Just remember to be on the safe side,go big! This is especially true if buying modern, contemporary art, bigger is definitely better to maximize the statement.
- Understand your personal style. Artwork comes in all shapes and sizes. If you’re traditional, go for a watercolor landscape of a garden or beach scene. Those with more romantic tastes can look to impressionist-style portraits, or photographs of couples. Photography is a great option for the trendy minimalist. If you’re looking for something modern and eclectic, pick pieces with bold colors and shapes. For a bohemian, artsy vibe, think antique items rather than paintings. Look for vintage record covers or movie posters. Frame and arrange them elegantly to maintain sophistication in the room and prevent it from looking like a college dorm.
- A mixture of paintings, photographs and sculpture collected over time and travels weaves a layered tapestry about one’s interests and aesthetic. Think about which medium you prefer and where your tastes lean before you start shopping. The goal is to pinpoint pieces that mean something to you,not simply choose decor to fill wall space.
- Consider scale. Scale can make or break your room, so when you buy a piece of art, always consider its size, says Twinkle and Whistle interior designer Nelly Reffet. “You don’t want to put a beautiful but tiny artwork on its own on a big white wall, or a huge artwork that chews up so much visual space that it overtakes everything in the room. If you intend to move the piece around your home or to move house at some stage, you might want to focus on pieces that are of fairly “standard” size, i.e. not too big and not too small. Things with measurements between 30cm and 120cm are pretty easy to accommodate in any house.”
- Like what you like. While your home décor can obey certain rules, such as investing in neutral couches or flooring, people can use their walls for irrational or eclectic choices. “Art is a place for expression through color, content, and texture,” says Pawlak.“Choose art at a heart level, and don’t forget about sculptures and rugs!” They can make artistic statements too.
- Choose your own adventure. What’s the overall effect you’re going for in your living room? How do you want it to feel? Would you like to see neat rows of similar works, or do you want to arrange eclectic gallery walls that showcase a variety of works? Either approach can work with any style of art and decor – you can create a breathtaking gallery wall with antique paintings or choose a refined collection of modern art prints to display in a clean grid.
- Consider a contemporary piece for a traditional space and vice versa. It shakes it up and adds visual interest.
- Consider the wall. Well, of course, you will consider the wall, and you will probably measure it once or twice, but then what? You need to think about two things here - of course there is the overall dimensions of the wall, but then you also need to think about the orientation. Tall, narrow walls will work best with art of a similar shape, created in a portrait, or vertical orientation, while horizontal wall spaces (often found over sofas, in a hallway) work best with landscape-oriented artwork. In looking at the overall wall space dimensions your artwork should take up two-thirds to three-fourths of the wall.
- Decide the role you want artwork to play in your room. Art can either play a large or small part of the decorating scheme in a room. If you have many large, ornate furniture pieces, look for smaller pieces of art. Frame a few, simpler 8″ by 10″ photographs or pictures. Rooms with slimmer, more streamlined furniture can afford to let large pieces of art shine. Think to hang a large painting, reflective of the personal styles described above, on the wall over a straight, simple couch. You can also tack floating shelves to walls to display standing frames or non-linear pieces of art, such as sculptures or collectibles.
- Another rule of thumb for hanging art is to center it at eye level.Consider if you'll usually be standing or sitting in the space, and select your eye-level height accordingly.