Tips On How To Choose Art For Your Home
Choosing art for your home can be an overwhelming task but it doesn’t need to be. Approaching art in much the same way you would choose décor can bring ease and joy to your project. Art will instantly transform the look and mood of a room. It also is the ultimate form of self-expression. With a little thought and planning, choosing art can transform your house into a home and inject your personal touch into each room.
Art reflects so much of our own story. Our loves, passions, even our travels are often an influence on what we find compelling and most drawn to. There is a subtle and intrinsic connection to what we find beautiful and what resonates within us. However, art can be chosen purely because it is a great fit of colour and texture, much the same way you’d choose a cushion or coffee table. It does not need to ‘speak to you' as such but if it ‘feels’ right that usually helps.
Following the guide below, it can be a wonderful and fun process. Nothing connects you to your home more than putting the time and effort into deciding which elements are a good fit. It is these processes and choices that make a space your own.
1. Let's talk STYLE– When styling our home, we always begin with our preferred style. Art
for our home is an extension of that style. Is it casual, contemporary, are you decorating
with an industrial, minimalistic or scandi look in mind, glamorous or formal? The style choice
will set the mood and help you start narrowing in on choices for your home.
Usually, light and bright colours are more casual and free and we see more formal homes
use dark tones. The contemporary and industrial looks use darker tones also.
Understanding your style first really helps narrow in on the type of art that is the
2. Decide on the HERO piece of the room – Every room usually has that one piece that has the wow factor or focal point. If your room is very tonal and you need a pop to bring it to life,
you may choose the art to be the hero piece. The hero piece is usually the inspiration and
sets the tone for accents around the rest of the room. Bringing a hero piece to your room, could be achieved by a sculpture or a handcrafted, artisan cabinet, a beautiful rug or even lighting features. If you already have a strong piece in the room you can choose a subtle and more unassuming piece of art for the space to prevent the room from looking too busy.
3. SIZE matters – Size makes a huge difference when it comes to art. One of the most common mistakes we see when people are looking to place art in a room is they look for colour, style and frame but forget to scale the art to the proportion of the room.
Your art needs to be only slightly smaller than the piece of furniture it is sitting above. A
good rule of thumb is that it can be approximately up to 2/3 or 3/4 (or only just a little less)
than the width of piece its sitting above. Scale is everything. If the wall is huge, the furniture pieces are large scale it makes sense your art is scaled accordingly. A cluster of art can work in a large room but can also make a smaller room look busy and cluttered so think about the statement you wish to make.
Art is generally balanced by being hung in the space above a hall table, sideboard, cabinet,
bedhead or dining area to ensure the relationship of the pieces is close enough to form a
connect as one ‘story’.
In areas of no furniture such as a hall (yes, even the hall needs some love and attention/
personality), you may choose a large scale piece of art or several smaller pieces hung
4. COLOUR is key – Once you have a clear idea of your style, the space where you are placing your art, hence the size you are looking for, and if your art is the complimentary piece or the hero piece, you are ready to think through the colour palette of your art.
The colours of the room hugely influence the overall look of your space. If you wish your art
to be the hero, you can go for bolder, deeper or contrasting tones. If it is more a
compliment to the room and allowing a cabinet or mirror feature be the main focus, you
may pick up colours from other elements around the room and also have them in your art of
5. Choosing FRAMES – You’ve come this far and have done most of the hard work. Well done. By now you’ll really start having a feel for your look. The frame or no frame decision is all part of the overall aesthetic of your space. Black or white frames are great classic options if the choice of frame seems too hard. If you have a casual style with a light and breezy space, a canvas that is unframed or light frames are usually the way to go.
If in a dark contemporary or industrial home, black frames are more likely to work with linea
style art. Metal frames are great too if your room has a little metal trim and you feel this
style frame will compliment other accents without being too much.
The flooring in your room also helps direct you in the right direction as we take cues from
fixtures and fittings that dominate the space. A dark wooden frame would be out of place in
a Scandinavian style or bohemian styled space.
6. HANGING artwork correctly – Most designers will say the ‘right way to hang art’ is when
your artwork is hung at eye level. There is a general rule that most follow is 145-152cm from
the centre of your art to the floor. Alternatively, hanging art or frames 10-15cm above your
furniture is a great guide. Centring your artwork above a cabinet, sideboard, console, hall
table, bed head creates a great focal point and balances out the layout of your space.
7. DON’T RUSH – Does it feel right? There is no right and wrong choice. Art is very personal. If your art is a huge financial investment, get a printout and put it in your space. Do you LOVE it? Give yourself a few days. There is no need to put yourself under pressure. When you see the art in the room, do you feel a connection with it? Are the colours doing what you
would like i.e popping or complimenting the space…?
Ultimately, choosing art is about choosing what you like. Looking at your room, being in the space you have created should be something that brings you joy. The feeling of the room whether it be relaxing, inspiring, energising is all about all the elements coming together that speak the same language. With a little bit of thought and planning, this is achieved with much more ease than you think.
Art that inspires you, adds an element of passion to your design project. This is the magic ingredient in every design project at Edge Design Consultants