How Do I Choose Art For My Home?

One of the most frequently asked questions interior designers get asked is, “How do I choose the right artwork”? There are a few simple guidelines to help you select the right piece for a specific space. Artwork is very visual and helps define the personality of the homeowner and the space. It’s useful to tie certain pieces together and create character in a home. You can do this with various sized prints grouped together, or simply by choosing works of art that compliment each other – be it with colour or subject. The best thing about art is that it’s an investment you can take with you as you move, and can even grow in value over time. It also doesn’t require you to take out a second mortgage, and you can spend as little or as much as you like!

Your home says a lot about you. It gives visitors an idea of the kind of person you really are. It can emphasise your love of music, or travel. It can even tell visitors that you have a playful and creative side…and most of all, that you are an art lover.

Art For The Kitchen

One of the most commonly forgotten rooms in terms of artwork, is the kitchen. The kitchen is often referred to as the “heart of the home” and in many cases, the most used room of the house. There is no question that art needs to be incorporated here. Counter backs or spaces above cabinets are perfect homes for art. If you have a large kitchen, one key piece can really make the space ‘pop’. Something bold that creates a statement will speak volumes about your personality.

If your kitchen is smaller, lean towards smaller pieces that complement, not overwhelm the space. Interesting or more social prints can make us smile, making mornings easier…

Art For The Bedroom

The bedroom is a retreat, a place for relaxation and the artwork should reflect that. The best walls for art in the bedroom are directly over the bed or on the wall opposite the bed. Large scale pieces are best and should be hung at eye level. Look for abstract pieces with soothing colours or tones. If you are into photography, landscapes or black & white photos work best. Choose art that soothes as opposed to large statement pieces.

Home Study or Office

Whether you work from home or in an office, art is a great way to personalise your space and keep you inspired. Our favourite way to do this is by creating a rotating gallery. To start, you need a long floating ledge shelf installed preferably over your work-space or close to it. The beauty of this is that it’s the only thing you will have to hang! Next is the fun part, you can pick out an assortment of artwork that inspires you. Envision a mood board of sorts, positive images or works by artists who inspire you are good places to start. You want to incorporate different sizes as well, big and small so the possibilities are endless. You can have them all in similar frames for a minimalist look or all different frames to add some character. These pieces can be rotated or updated whenever you get board, no nails required!

Art For The Bathroom

The bathroom is another room that often gets neglected with art. The artwork you choose should go with the vibe of the bathroom. For example, if it’s a powder room on the main level, you should stick to more fun and bright pieces. If it’s a master bath, go with more serene or calming pieces. Bathroom art looks great in pairs, we like to choose a set of two either stacked or side by side. They can be two of the same abstract pieces with one flipped on its side, or two different pieces that go with the same theme. Solid places for these pieces would be over the toilet, over the bathtub, or over the towel/robe hooks.

Living Room Art

We saved the best for last! The most fun room to decorate with art, and most times, the most intimidating is the living room. Most of us feel a lot of pressure here since this is the room most of your guests will see and spend time in. Choosing the right piece is elemental in provoking conversation and setting the feel or vibe of the space. You can opt for one large scale piece, or a large gallery wall. Sometimes you need to think outside the frame.

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