How To Decorate Your Home With Art

Even if you don't consider yourself art savvy, you can easily decorate your home with art and paintings. Displaying artwork is a great way to spruce up your walls, create conversation pieces and create a flow to the decor of your home. No matter the budget, no matter the taste, you can decorate your home with art and paintings to add character and panache. By following some simple guidelines, you can hang art and paintings around you house without it being overwhelming or distracting. Artwork doesn't have to dominate your rooms; it should enhance them. From framing tips to making your own painting, here are ideas for using art in your home:

  1. Worth repeating- artwork is like an extrovert. It’s at its very best when surrounded by companions. Whether a couple or a crowd, whether nearly identical or wildly different. The point is that it is more merrier when it comes to giving a room energy, interest and personality.
  2. Think of art as an accessory, not the start of the show- Art doesn’t always need to be the focal point of a blank wall; it can also be used as an accessory. Think about breaking up your wall of books with a small framed artwork, a vase, or a small sculpture every now and then. Mix them up with some lush plantsand you're well on your way to a beautiful display. Consider turning the accessories on your dresser into a sculpture themselves by displaying them on a beautiful little stand or bowl. And don’t forget your bathroom walls—they deserve art, too! The bathroom is a great place to install a truly eclectic gallery wall or display some of your funkiest pieces. You'll notice your pieces of art become so much more enjoyable when you see them in a new light.
  3. Scale- An important factor when decorating your home with artwork or paintings is the scale of the item in relation to the room. Wherever you decide to place the art, it needs to fit into the relative scale of the rest of the room or area so it doesn't distract or get hidden by other items. For example, when hanging artwork over a couch or other piece of furniture, a good rule is to find a painting or piece of art that is roughly the same size as the piece below it or next to it, creating a sense of balance and harmony. You can also combine smaller pieces to scale. Whether using three-dimensional pieces or hanging art, you can use the "Rule of Three" to fill in space on the wall and give a sense of scale. For example, for space over a couch or other piece of furniture, use three pieces of art that are roughly the same size, such as three portraits, paintings or hanging sculptures. Arrange them so that they work together and fill the space that a single, larger print might have covered, while being in scale with the piece of furniture they counterbalance.

Remember that lighting is everything. Proper lighting can highlight the intricacies of your artwork, as well as make your space appear bigger. Use a ceiling light fixture that illuminates your walls and smaller fixtures or floor lamps to brighten up dark corners or narrow spaces. Remember that heat and UV light can damage art over time, so avoid placing your most precious pieces in direct sunlight, and make sure to choose bulbs with a UV filter or LED bulbs.