Five tips for choosing artwork for your home
Artwork adds a lot to the room's look and feel. This applies to everything from busts to paintings. Your goal is likely to be choosing artwork that helps create an ideal atmosphere in every room of your home. The following are some tips to consider when using your artwork search to help you achieve this.
Choose a scale based on the purpose of the art
Conventional wisdom dictates that you choose artwork that fits comfortably in the space you have designated it. This is good to do, but it is important to remember that "comfortable" is something subjective. To help you choose the right size for your home and your aesthetic feel, consider what you want to do with each piece.
You may want a piece of art at the end of a hall. The piece can easily be almost ceiling height and somewhat narrow. Alternatively, you might be looking for a print that fits nicely across a small table within that space. Both ideas will work, but the former will give a more dramatic touch than the traditional other method. If you are looking for something that makes the space run, go with the taller and thinner piece.
Artwork should not be so bland that it seems to disappear in the room, but should stand out from and work with all other elements of space. Think of art that contains some of the colors of the room in the design. This will help to create a visual connection and a degree of unity in the overall color scheme. It also helps those colors stand out a bit more and gives a look and the window treatments you already have in place a healthy look. The contrasting colors in the artwork draw the eye and give a more visual interest to your space.
Themes of art
Even with relaxed decoration schemes, a kind of theme will arise. Identify and use that theme to point to new art for space. Nothing is quiteas that scream like 19th-Century reproduction which adorns a room made in an elegant, monochromatic modern design. Look for classic, versatile works – wildlife and beautiful, artistic landscapes can usually accommodate all design schemes.
Think about texture
While you may tend to think of works of art such as prints or paintings that hang, there is much more to add art to any space. When looking at different pieces, think about texture. What would some kind of metal art look like on one of your walls? Maybe a stone or marble bust would be the perfect thing to bring out the beauty of your antique temporary table. Introducing a little new texture into the room gives everything a nice facelift and gives the eye another thing to admire.
Artwork as an investment
There is no reason why you cannot collect works of art that both appreciate in value over the years and appeal to your own taste. Be on the lookout for future artists who show promise to be in demand for years to come. Even if you have to settle for a modest piece now, adding something to the room and adding value over the years is a great way to add a new type of investment to your portfolio.
Your choice of artwork must welcome people into the room and invite them to come in and look around. Bits that have no connection to the rest of the space will have the opposite effect. Take your time, consider many different options and then settle on something that creates the look and feel you want. It will take time to find the right piece of art for every room in the home, by choosing the right pieces and showing them to the best advantage you and others will enjoy the spaces for many years to come.