Choosing the Right Art for Your Home
Abstract, Art-Deco, pop art, Cubism, Pointillism…these are just a small handful of the different styles o fart available, so just how do we end up choosing the right art for us and our homes? Mood and size are two of the most frequently considered criteria for art lovers everywhere and this post will give an overview of each of these elements.
What Mood Do You Want to Convey?
When done correctly, a piece of art can light up the room and provide a focal point. Beyond this, a carefully selected piece of art can help bring a room’s mood and personality to the fore which is why it is so important you select the correct style.
For a living room, relaxation is often of key importance and the correct piece of art can go a long way towards creating this laid-back mood. Modest and low key pieces can often help toexpress this mood of relaxation.
Bedrooms are also a place of rest and soit will often be preferable to have a calming and serene feel to them, as opposed to the more bold approach which you may go for in your dining room if you do a lot of entertaining there. With this in mind it is important to choose a laid back, calming colour scheme in order to convey the desired personality and mood of the room.
What Size Should Your Piece Be?
Size does matter; it is generally agreed that a piece of art which is too big to suit the room can overwhelm while, conversely, a piece which is too small will look out of proportion and may even go unnoticed.
The size of the room should dictate the size of the piece. If you choose a large canvas to hang in a room, make sure you have a large, spacious area in which to place the piece in order to let it ‘breathe’.
Small pieces should, generally, be reserved for smaller areas. They can often help to create the feeling that the room is cosy and intimate, so you’ll often find small-scale paintings and prints in cosy cottage settings. If the artwork you pick out is very small, try hanging a series of them together to add variety and make the artwork more eye-catching and noticeable.
If you have enough small canvases or framed prints though, they can have the same dramatic effect as a larger piece of artwork when hung together – I love this for example!
As complicated as it sounds, choosing the perfect piece of art to hang in your home doesn’t have to be this tricky. In fact, with online tools like Art Gallery’stest drive function, you can get a good idea of how any piece of art will suit your wall before you buy it!
Estelle Page is an interior designer who has a passion for her industry and for great art. An amateur painter, she’s working her way towards filling her home with her own custom-made artwork!