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Sep 25, 2014

Choose the Right Art for Your Space

Tips and Utilities,Interior Design
Choosing an art for your home or your work space need not be a daunting task. For far too long, interior designers have had to explain to their clients the importance of incorporating art in the décor. An art ties together the entire decor, depending on its purpose it can supplement the grace and beauty of the space or be used to create a stark contrast or a bold statement. But even if you are not an art connoisseur, fret not. These simple guidelines will ease your struggle of picking the right art and tell you how to correctly display it on your walls.



Size Matters. Depending on the size of the wall, the size of the art matters. To introduce a piece of art in your habitat, it is firstly very important that you make an informed decision depending on the size of the room. You must be aware of the shape and size of art you are about to introduce in the room. If there are too many furniture, it would be nearly impossible to fit a large wall art in that décor. Factors such as the location, height at which the art must be hung, the size of the wall will help you decide on the frame size. It is advisable to tape paper cut-outs on the wall to visualize where your art will be placed. Estimating the size of your art wall is a great first step to purchasing the art for your room. 




Experiment with mediums and colours. Go beyond the usual oil paints on canvas, experiment with digital print, art deco, graphite pencil sketches and murals and see what best sets the tone and matches the colour palette of your living room, bedroom, workspace. The art must complement the room palette and tone. Bold art can also be used as a statement piece in a muted décor. Or it can work the other way, try making the art an inspiration for deciding the room’s colour palette. Rather than opting for large-scale pieces, create a gallery wall of smaller prints grouped together instead. Reframe the existing artwork in your home to complement the new art to give a cohesive feel to your personal art gallery.




Follow your instincts. An art is a reflection of your personality. If you are a lively and cheerful person, then a serious artwork can dull your sheen. Choose an artwork that you’ve fallen in love with, not something that someone recommends to you. Buy that particular art only if you must. You will be looking at this artwork every single day and as stated earlier, only an art that resonates with you and your personality will make you content. Never make a purchase immediately. If you walk away from a painting thinking about it, then it is a good indication that you are ready to make this commitment. 




Support local artists or create your own original art. One of the most effective routes of minimizing investments on art is to visit small art galleries that curate the works of up-and-coming artists, this way you can purchase original yet inexpensive art for your living space. If you wish to personalize your space, then you can curate souvenirs from your travels or frame your child’s drawings. Your home is an expression of yourself. What better way to decorate it than with personal artwork and memorabilia. 




Highlight the Art Correctly. If you notice the one thing in common in all galleries and museums is that the artwork is always hung on a white wall with optimum spot lighting to highlight it. This one tip is absolutely essential to making the art the show stopper in your home. White walls and good lighting will create a focal point around your art. The general rule of thumb is to hang art at eye level. But if you have any furniture below it such as a console or a couch, then leave the bottom edge of the frame at least 10 inches above the furniture. Clear the room of any distractions by installing hardwood floors or neutral carpets; play down elements like window and wall coverings with understated colours, textures and designs. You can highlight the masterpiece with directional spot lights or use of individual picture lighting for each piece of art.


Photos sourced from Cozamia, Houzz, Cianelli Studios, Calfinder