Art is a great way to display a passion or to showcase your personal style within a room. In fact, well-thought-out wall art can be one of the most personalized parts of interior design. There’s no one-size-fits all when it comes to finding art for your home, which allows for a high degree of creativity. This can also mean a lot of stressful searching and wondering if a piece is “just right” for your home. So what should you be considering when looking for art to match your interior design goals?
What Is the Purpose?
When choosing art for your home, you should understand the motivating factor(s) behind your decision. Are you a collector that enjoys having art in your home a way of showcasing a collection? Or perhaps you’re searching for a way to pull an entire room together through wall art. No matter what your purpose, once you know the “why” behind it, it’s easier to figure out how you want to display it and what you want to purchase.
Theme & Colour
Always consider how a piece, or pieces, of art fits into a room. If the colour or theme of the art you choose clashes with the rest of your interior design, it could leave the room feeling at odds with itself. Contrasting colours, textures, and themes can work in interior design, but make sure that it’s intentional.
Size & Shape
When considering art for a specific room, consider the size of the wall space you’re working with. Large paintings can command attention in a space and act as a focal piece. Alternatively, a well-placed single image on a large wall can be just as striking. We’re also all aware of the impact of a beautiful gallery wall. The size and shape of art in each room will ultimately depend on your overall taste, the size and shape of the room, and the furniture in the space.
Step Outside the Paintings
When many of us think of wall art, we imagine gallery walls or large paintings above hutches. However, paintings and pictures aren’t the only ways to decorate your wall. Step outside of the traditional mindset of wall art and consider asymmetrical sculptures, mirrors, or even baskets. Many non-traditional art forms can provide a lot of personality to a room.
Shelves & Storage
Your shelves and storage don’t have to be functional only — they can be artsy, too. We’re seeing a big trend in utilising shelving and storage as art, especially in smaller homes with limited space. Artistic hat storage can act as an art feature in an entryway. Another great trend is the use of shelving to display pictures and paintings alongside books and decorative items.
Consider the Golden Ratio
The golden ratio is something we see a lot of in photography, painting, and design. It’s all about harmony and balance. Not only could your art be portraying this ratio within itself, but you can use this ratio to lay out your room in the manner as well.
What Do the Numbers Say
Hanging multiple pieces of art means asking yourself a crucial question: even or odd? Even numbers tend to exhibit symmetry, while uneven numbers, when balanced well, tend to draw the eye for longer, exhibiting balance rather than symmetry. In interior design, we see many designers utilizing the number 3 or showcasing 2 larger paintings side by side depending on the goal of the art.
Hanging art can be a bit daunting. It feels easier to place a sofa in a space knowing that you can move it later. When you hang art, it involves committing to placement — at least for awhile, thanks to the hole in the wall required to display it. The trick to any well-done wall art is first finding something that you love, and then taking the time to plan it out well before you hang it. If you need help selecting the perfect wall art for your home, our team of design experts is here to help. Come in and see our collection of unique wall art in the showroom and let our team help you find something you love to complete your home’s look.