art by sandra fadayel
EXPERIENCE ART AT HOME: HOW TO SELECT THE RIGHT ART
Integrating art at home can be overwhelming and time-consuming, and is a topic I’m frequently asked about. Art is useful in tying the pieces of a space together, creates character and depth, and expresses your personality. It can be something you invest in, as you can take it with you wherever you move to, and may even grow in value over time. So, read on for some more interiors-mixed-with-art advice for things to consider while selecting the right art for your space.
Don’t get bogged down in worrying about what you should be buying to suit a certain image of what you think is ‘sophisticated’ or ‘appropriate’. The only opinion that matters is yours; Let your heart lead this one. What are you attracted to? Art provokes conversation – so what conversation will this art piece spark? What does it say about you?
Fine art at home should give you pleasure every day and should never be a ‘maybe’.
Mix It Up
While I would usually advise people to go with a more neutral approach for furniture and flooring, art is a great place for expression and an opportunity to add visual interest through pops of colour or texture. Don’t be afraid to mix art styles; black and white photographs with abstract pieces or quirky portraits with hand sketches. Take your time building your collection of art, and it will tell the best story; yours.
Know the Story
Having art at home is personal, so getting to know about the artwork – its story and process gives depth and adds value to the piece. It helps you understand the content of work and context around the art piece, and provokes conversation with your guests.
Strategize for Your Space
Have a look at the walls in your space. Are they large and uninterrupted, or are they cluttered with switches, thermostats and intercoms? Then, match the proportion of the art to the wall. For example, if the wall is long and thin, select something accordingly; if the wall is wide, a horizontal artwork – or a grouping – will work better.
Larger scale art pieces are a great option for larger walls, like the wall behind a bed or the main wall in the living room. Big, frameless artworks stretched on canvas will give your place a contemporary look and gives the art piece more focus.
Gallery style walls are a versatile option that works for large walls, or for smaller ones. They can have more of an eclectic feel, and allow you to mix and match different types of art at home in different frames and sizes. If you prefer a cleaner look, think about unifying the aesthetic and sizes of the pieces. This can usually be achieved by looking for collections of art, like the one below – and hanging the pieces in a clean grid.
Accentuate the Unexpected
Add artistic touches to your home by paying attention to overlooked walls, such as the bathroom, corridors, small niches, or at the entrance. If you’re selecting art for the bathroom, then above the toilet or above towel hooks tends to work best; and go for framed pieces rather than stretched canvas to help protect from steam.
Surround yourself with the things you love, and that provide you with pleasure on a daily basis.
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