We all have different motivations for investing in wall art. Perhaps you want your home to reflect the changing seasons. Or maybe you want a piece of art to represent a life stage in your family, such as a birth. Perhaps you are simply tired of the monotonous painting hanging over your mantle. Whatever your reason, choosing wall art should be a deliberately thought-out process.
Whether you are new to decorating or an expert, you will agree that walls play a huge role in interior design. Starting a bare room with a striking painting or wall hanging can help you figure out a color theme to use for the rest of the space. Similarly, wall art sets the tone for a room, adding a depth that can communicate certain feelings and convey the owner’s personality. Tasteful artwork also ties together a room, making it appear functional and complete.
To ensure that you get it right, here are six of the best tips you should keep in mind when choosing wall art:
Select Wall Art That Speaks To You
It hardly needs saying but before anything else; you should buy art that you love, that evokes certain emotions in you, that speaks to you. After all, you will spend a considerable amount of time looking at it. Similarly, choose art that communicates your personality. It may shock and awe your guests or perhaps be considered a little ‘too outside the box.’ That is what makes it memorable. Wall art should remind you of places you have been and experiences you have had. I love aviation. You can find a beautiful collection here.
Consider The Room You Are Buying For
The room you are buying for should give you a useful guide on the type of wall art to get. This is particularly so because you will want different rooms to have a different ambiance. For example, you might choose vibrant, colorful pieces for the living room, but you want to tone things down in the bedroom. You may want to hang something inspirational in your office, but a splash of color, perhaps of nature art, could look great in the kitchen.
Similarly, the size of the artwork should be proportionate to the room. Hanging a small artwork on a large living room wall won’t be commanding enough. On the other hand, an oversized piece on a smaller space will appear forced.
Don’t Be Afraid To Mix And Match
Consider using different art forms, styles, and textures to bring out depth and personality in your spaces. You don’t want your home looking monotonous from identical pieces. For example, you can mix photography with paintings or metal art with wooden pieces. Likewise, do not be afraid to mix contemporary pieces with traditional ones. Think of partnering an expensive three-piece canvas with a painting your child did at school. Mixing and matching create contrast, which makes your rooms look more attractive.
Consider Your Colors
I have mentioned that wall art can act as the focal point of a room and help set the color palette for the rest of the room. For this to happen, you need to select vibrant, popping colors that won’t blend in and get lost when the rest of the space is filled. At the same time, you must consider the wall color to make sure that you are complementing it and not introducing chaos. If you have dark-colored walls, you may want to go with bright or light-colored art pieces, with the background rhyming with the wall color. The colors you choose will dictate the tone of the room.
Don’t Overdo It
You have probably heard of the saying that less is more. You don’t need to hang artwork on every single available wall space in your house. This would look chaotic and may communicate conflict rather than harmony. Most importantly, it takes away from the art being a focal point. Instead, allow for some negative spaces which will subconsciously allow your wall art to shine.
Think About Commonly Forgotten Spaces
Spaces such as the kitchen, corridors, and bathrooms often get left out when it comes to wall art. Yet, these functional rooms give us so much and therefore deserve something in return. Consider using playful pieces of artwork such as quotes and goofy family photography. Additionally, use smaller framed pieces rather than large artworks. The bathroom, particularly, could do well with multiple mirrors that will not only reflect light but make for great artwork.