The great thing about art is it so easily makes a house a home. When buying art, there is only one golden rule: buy what you love. Your home is a representation of you, and what you put on your walls should reflect that. There are three components that you need to factor in when choosing a piece, colour, theme and style. There are no hard and fast rules with artwork, but as with many areas of decor, it never hurts to gather a few tips and tricks that will help you get the most out of your own home’s art installation!
1. Colour Coordinate
Artwork should always sit complimentary to the dominant tones in a room, therefore, keep this in mind or work back with a paint swatch when selecting key artworks if you have existing predominant hues on your walls or within your décor. Art should be used as a focal point for other decorative decisions in a room, such as choosing one colour from within the body of the artwork itself, and referencing it back with soft furnishings or other decorative objects for maximum impact. This will make the room and the space feel connected and considered.
2. Maintain a Theme
The next element to factor in, before you take hammer and nail to the wall, is sticking to a theme. It helps to select the artwork of a similar style, such as abstract pieces. No, you don’t have to fill the space with works from the same artist, but it certainly helps if the pieces complement one another. If you go bold, keep other things minimal. If you do choose to hang one large dominant artwork then make sure it remains the wow factor of your room. Consider keeping everything else simple.
3. Stick to your Style
Artwork does not just enhance the appearance of its environment; it brings style and dimension to a space. It says something about you and makes the space more interesting for family, friends and guests. Follow your heart - it sounds cheesy but it’s good advice! “Real” art is an investment and a long-term commitment. Its essence is to generate emotions in the person or people who look at it and live with it. If a piece looks beautiful but you don’t feel anything about it, move on. It’s better to stare at a blank wall for a while than watching something that doesn’t make your heart sing!
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