To choose the right art piece (or pieces), you need to be honest about what you love and what suits the personality of your home. This is why choosing art can be tricky â€“ because itâ€™s personal.
If youâ€™ve never heard of Monet or visited an art gallery, and you don’t have thousands to spend on a piece of art, donâ€™t panic! Luckily art comes in many shapes and sizes. You just need to work out your style and put aside the latest trends.
To get you started, consider the following three key factors when you start the hunt for art for your home.
1. Whatâ€™s your medium?
First you need to decide what style of art you like. Are you drawn to traditional forms like paintings (either framed or on canvas), watercolour illustrations or drawings? Or perhaps you’re looking for something more simple, minimal and contemporary, like photography?
If life forms or landscapes are not your thing, why not choose an inspirational quote or statement? This is a great option if youâ€™re looking for something punchy and modern. And a great way to inject something personal into your space at an affordable price.
For something outside the common art in frame, expand your view to other forms like textiles, rugs, plates and handmade crafts. Alternatively, large wall murals created by wallpaper are a great way to add pattern, prints and images to your space! The range of wallpaper finishes on the market today is expansive! Choose from a tropical themed print, a floral landscape or a photographic image of a beloved city to inject some personality into your space.
2. Where will you hang it?
The next element to consider is where you would like to display your art. In addition to the more common places to hang art like your living room, above the fireplace or in the hallway, consider the following options:
Kitchen and bathroom
Most people forget about the walls in these spaces, as the focus here is more about the practical use of the space, than its aesthetic. With open plan living becoming more popular, the kitchen has now become integrated with the dining and living areas. So why not add art to this space too? Perhaps in between your overhanging cupboards, inside your open shelves or even leaning against the wall while sitting on your bench.
The bathroom is another great place to inject some personality with art, especially since this room has the tendency to feel almost sterile and underwhelming. A little bit of art on the wall can inject some warmth and character to a typically bland room of the home.
To mix up the traditional look and purpose of a bookcase, add your favourite artworks in and amongst your collection of books. And where your book collection has become too cluttered or disorganised, why not hang your art over the top?
Around corner walls
This looks great when creating a gallery or salon style landscape. Build a collection of art in a hallway that wraps around the corner or moves up the staircase for the unexpected wow factor.
3. How will you hang it?
The final factor to consider when choosing the right piece for your home is to consider how you wish to hang your art. This will help you identify whether you are searching for a single piece of artwork or a collection, and will help you determine the size you will need for the chosen space.
Here are a few ways to ensure your art is hung in winning style:
When hanging a piece of art on your wall, ensure that you measure from the centre point of your art, and not the top or bottom of the frame. In many cases, art is hung too high to enjoy it, as it is not at eye level.
Salon style. This is where you display a collection of art pieces on an expansive space on the wall. Whether you are after a more formal, clean arrangement or something a little varied, will determine the style of art you choose and how you frame it (or not, as the case may be). For a more formal look, choose art from one theme/colour/finish and display the collection in similar or identical frames. For an elegant look, arrange your collection in a grid-like pattern on the wall and restrain your colour palette to a black and white theme. For a more organic feel, choose art in various mediums (think paintings, sketches and photography) and group them in different styles of frames. To avoid the collection feeling disconnected, choose a common theme or colour palette to ensure your pieces remain unified.
- Skip the walls altogether. Instead, choose to display your art on shelves or on the floor (sitting against a wall or large piece of furniture). This look feels a little more laid-back and relaxed. To make this display work, ensure that the art you choose is the appropriate size for where you intend to display it. For example, art that sits on the floor should be quite large to ensure that the details are not lost or overlooked. And, for practical purposes so you donâ€™t knock it with your feet as you move around the home! Also, art on shelves is a great option if you have a collection to display, as it allows you to rotate and add to your arrangement easily without having to create and patch up holes in your wall as you mix it up.
Above all else, if you choose art that you love and that resonates with your homeâ€™s personality, you will ensure its longevity in your home. Art that simply matches the colour palette of your room or is on trend, is likely to be void of any meaning to you and lose its appeal over time.
Diana Scully is the founder of Spaces by Diana, a residential interior decorating business that offers personal and online services to inspire you to find real solutions for your home. SbyD is all about assisting you to design a home that is a reflection of you. Diana also has her own blog, Spaces + Places, where she collects and shares genuine, cool interior inspiration for your home. You can also connect with her on Instagram and Facebook.