Experience Art at Home: How to Select the Right Art

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EXPERIENCE ART AT HOME: 5 TIPS ON HOW TO SELECT THE RIGHT ART

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You already know that integrating art at home can really enhance your space and bring happiness to your day-to-day.

It’s also a great opportunity to add colour to your space, create a moment of interest, and express an aspect of your story – a memory, an experience – or simply, something you like.  However, selecting the right art can be overwhelming and time-consuming, and is a topic I’m frequently asked about.  So here are 5 tips to to consider when selecting art for your home.

 


Tip #1: Love It

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?

Art at home should give you pleasure every day and should never be a ‘maybe’.

Tip #2: Tell Your Story
Having art at home is personal, so get to know the story behind the artwork – whether that’s in how it was created, or what it was inspired by – and how that relates to you and your space.  This doesn’t need to be complicated, and a good place to start is by asking yourself a couple of questions such as:
– Do you enjoy certain colours and textures?
– Do you prefer more, or less abstract pieces?
– Are there places in the world you visited or feel a connection to that you’d like to reflect in your home?
– Do you have any hobbies or passions you’d like to be reflected in your artworks?
The above is not an exhaustive list, and is more of a starting point – ask yourself as many questions you need to get clear on what you want.


Tip #3: Mix It Up
While you’re most likely going to lean towards 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.


Tip #4: Strategize for Your Space

Have a look at the walls in your space. Are they large and uninterrupted, or are they cluttered with a thermostat, intercom or switches?  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. However, they are not the only option. Go with a variety of display styles – a single large piece, a pair, or a grouping.

 

     

Tip #5: Collect
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, and hanging the pieces in a clean grid.

Surround yourself with the things you love, and that provide you with pleasure on a daily basis.

 

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