Finding Art To Fit Your Space
Choosing the right art for your home can be a time-consuming process. While some of us are gifted with an eye for design, others may not have the same talent. Fortunately, if you are looking for a way to decorate your space and add some flair to your interior, there are many online resources that can help you to determine current trends, and what works best with the space that you have available. As someone who enjoys both art and design, I wanted to provide you with some tips on how to get your favourite artwork into your home and elevate your space for both your own joy, but also to ensure the wow factor is present when you have visitors, or if you are looking to stage for sale. Here is how to pick the right art for your home.
First and foremost, you need to make sure the art your putting in your space is something that speaks to you, that you admire, and that you love to look at. After all, it’s hanging in your home and is a reflection of your personal style. If the art does not spark feelings of pleasure and enjoyment, it’s not ideal to hang it in your space and look at it every day.
The next thing you want to consider is the size of the art piece you are looking for. Once this is narrowed down, it’s going to become easier to find the right work for your space. You should aim to fill approximately two-thirds to three-fourths of your wall space with your art. If you are looking for oversized art to use as a focal point, you can use the same proportions; if your focal point is above your couch, your art should be two-thirds to three-fourths the size of the couch.
Here is a guide to help you choose the right size art for any wall design in your home.
Oversized: Used for focal points. Minimum of 100cm in length. Measure your wall before purchasing to ensure the piece will fit according to the proportions mentioned above.
Large: Around 80-100cm in length, these pieces can be used as a centrepiece or balance with smaller art on either side. Try not to have more than 2 large pieces in a room.
Medium: Medium pieces usually measure from 60-70cm and can work well in a collage with other pieces, or on their own on smaller wall space.
Small: Typically from 45-60cm these pieces pair well with others, and are often used in groups of 3 or 6, and can surround medium or large works on your wall.
When looking for art to decorate your home, a general rule is, to begin with larger pieces and work your way down to the complimentary smaller pieces. Purchase or choose your statement pieces first as it is the first thing people will see when they enter a room and sets the overall tone. As you begin to decorate and develop the space, look for smaller pieces to highlight any unused area that requires a little extra spice. If using this principle, you will have your home decorated with beautiful works in no time.
Lastly, when decorating your home, make sure to be consistent. If you have a more modern style, let it run throughout the home. Stay away from mixing colour palettes or incorporating too many design styles (modern, famous, boho, etc.). Doing this can make your space look cluttered, unorganized, or unappealing. That being said, family members do not always foster the same style. Make sure you compromise where you can, and let children display their own style and design trends in their bedrooms. After all, they may have some ideas that inspire or influence your designs in a positive way.
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