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Hanging art on your walls adds sophistication, personality, and originality to your home. But with so many options out there, it can be overwhelming knowing what to choose.
Are you thinking of investing in some art pieces for your house? Before you splurge on designer canvases, there are some things you should know about choosing wall art for your house.
Keep reading to find out how to pick the perfect pieces.
Express Yourself Through Interior Design
Choosing the right art for your home is an opportunity for self-expression. Your walls are a blank canvas and you can slap your personality all over them through wall art. Think about colors, subjects, and compositions that represent you.
You want to think about telling a story about yourself and your home through the art you display on your walls.
What do you love? Where have you been? And what is beautiful to you?
This is the most important starting point when choosing art, as it ensures that you create a space that is unique.
Choose Pieces You Like
This seems like an obvious tip on how to design your home with wall art, but often people become so caught up in choosing trendy or famous art pieces rather than choosing what they actually like.
While there are certain guidelines to wall art and interior design, at the end of the day, you need to love the space that you create. This is a very intuitive process where you tap into what appeals to you rather than what your friends might like when knocking back beers at guys’ night at your place.
You don’t want to end up with art pieces hanging on your wall that you cannot stand to look at. Your home art should be appealing to you and inspire an emotive response in you.
It’s important to consider the size of art pieces and the room you’re going to hang them in when you’re selecting wall art. If you have a large, expansive room with a lot of bare wall space, a small art piece is going to look lost. On the other hand, a massive art piece in a small room such as a bathroom doesn’t look visually appealing.
Stick to a couple of home design tips when making your selection. For example, if you’re looking for a piece to hang behind your sofa, the print should not be longer than the sofa.
Stick to medium-size or small art pieces for a kitchen or bathroom wall, as these rooms normally have a lot going on in them already.
Don’t forget to take into consideration the height of your ceiling. You don’t want to choose an art piece that touches it.
Think About Your Bare Walls
Before you head out to purchase wall art, take stock of the available wall space that you have. Pull out a tape measure so you can get the sizing just right.
If you have a large bare wall, you can choose a massive statement piece. On the other hand, you can create a gallery wall using multiple smaller pieces.
Consider the color of your wall. If you have neutral-colored walls, you have a bit more freedom when choosing art. However, if you have colored walls, such as blue or red, you don’t want to choose art with colors that may clash.
Similarly, if you have wallpaper, then this is something to take into consideration too. If the pattern is very busy, you’ll want a more simplistic art piece so that the wall doesn’t turn out looking chaotic.
Consider Your Home’s Existing Aesthetic
It’s important to try to match your wall art with existing decor and aesthetic in your home. Perhaps you have an overarching style running throughout your entire home. Or maybe each room has its own unique “theme.”
Take into consideration the furniture, decor pieces, and color palette. For example, if you have a mostly neutral room, you may want to brighten it up with a colorful art piece. If you want to stick with a neutral theme, you can consider wall art that complements that style.
If your interior decor is rich, textured, and colorful, you can choose an art piece that complements that. Something more subdued would work well in this case.
If your home is modern, contemporary art is a great choice. If you have a minimalist style, you could opt for black and white pieces.
Don’t Ignore the Color of Wall Art
The color of the wall art you choose is important. Of course, you want it to complement the color of the wall on which it will hang.
Think about what will make the art piece pop. On neutral walls, this will be bursts of colors, whereas on darker colored walls, light canvases will look incredible.
A few quick tips when thinking about the color of the wall art is to choose a piece that has a background color that matches your wall. Additionally, if you’re ever in doubt, black and white canvases suit any and every wall color and room.
Keep an Open Mind
Lastly, shop for wall art with an open mind. Be open to choosing something that you didn’t expect to like, or that is different from what you originally planned. As you shop for art, you’ll come across pieces that will surprise you, so allow yourself to experiment.
Choosing the Best Wall Art for Men
Adding art to your home will bring a quality of sophistication into your interior design. Remember to consider the wall space that you have and the overall aesthetic of your home. More importantly, choose something you like!
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