Before choosing your art, think about the mood you want to create in the room.
When considering what art to buy, start with the room itself.
- How do you feel when you are in it?
- What mood does it convey?
- Is the space used for relaxing, or is it a busy family area?
- How do you want to feel when you are in the room?
- What will the art add to that experience?
Take the time to learn about artists and artworks before buying.
- Buy from a reputable gallery or retailer.
Your first impulse might be to get your work from an artist directly, but there are a lot of risks in doing so. You may not know if the artist is legitimate or if the work has already been sold or is a copy. For example, you may see an artwork online and believe it to be framed and ready to hang, when in fact it is just the printed version of a painting, which you have to frame yourself. You could also pay for something that turns out to be a piece by a different artist than what was advertised or even merely a print rather than an original creation. Make sure you’re working with someone who can certify the authenticity of the art they sell and who will stand behind any purchase you make.
- Do your research before buying anything.
Too many people plunge into buying art without knowing anything about what they’re really getting. The more you learn about an artist’s history and style, the more likely you are to choose artwork that resonates with you on multiple levels–and thus enjoy it for years rather than months at best before moving on. If you are shopping online, make sure any retailer offers good return policies as well as information about artists’ lives and works; otherwise, go elsewhere!
Think about how the art will be displayed.
This is an important factor to consider when choosing your art. Not all pieces will look good in every situation. Here are some options to think about:
- Framed art: Many pieces of art you’ll find at a traditional gallery will come framed, which can provide a nice accent around the piece itself. However, not all frames are created equal—make sure the frame matches the theme of your home or office space, and if it doesn’t, don’t be afraid to “re-frame” the piece with something more fitting for your decor.
- Canvas prints: This display option can provide a modern touch for any space—and it comes ready-to-hang! And because there is no glass over this image, it gives off a warm feeling and creates an intimate experience between viewer and artist—a perfect choice for bedrooms or living rooms.
- Gallery walls: If you have multiple pieces that work well together on a theme, consider creating a gallery wall by hanging them together either in the same frame or without any framing at all. It can add depth to any room while also serving as conversation starters during parties or get-togethers!
Use a gallery wall to display a large collection of artwork.
There is no better way to showcase your collection than with a gallery wall. When you have a large collection of pieces that are small in size, using this display method ensures that all of your work is shown and none goes unnoticed. To make sure the arrangement suits your space, choose one area of your home to create an impactful focal point and build it around that.
Another way to use a gallery wall is to make sure each piece has something in common while still telling the story of who you are as an individual. A collage of framed photos, mementos from vacations, or even artwork purchased on trips will help you create a truly customized look for your home and give visitors insight into what makes you tick as an artist and art collector.
Don’t just consider the size of the artwork, but also its shape and visual weight.
When you are choosing framed art for your walls, it is important to consider not only the size of the piece you choose, but also its shape and visual weight. These three elements will come together to create a harmonious relationship between your artwork and the space in which it will live.
In addition to considering scale and size, look at the shape of your artwork. Circular pieces tend to stand out more than ones that are square or rectangular. This may not always be critical—if you are planning on hanging the art above a sofa or credenza, then there may be enough visual interest in that area that one round piece of art won’t necessarily make an overwhelming impact. But if you have empty wall space to fill with a single large painting or photograph, it might be best to choose a more visually active shape (like one with sharp angles).
And remember: visual weight can also be balanced on a wall with other art pieces or objects like sconces or light fixtures. If you choose something very large for the wall above your bed or sofa, think about where else it is going to go in the room—you don’t want something so big that all other elements seem insignificant by comparison!
Don’t overlook framing details either. It might seem like this is just an aesthetic choice—maybe even insignificant next to questions about scale and size—but framing style can express your taste level and add complexity (or simplicity) to any given piece of art.
If your walls are a blank canvas, pay attention to furniture and accessories.
If your walls are a blank canvas, then the furniture and accessories in your room are the palette. When selecting art, pay attention to the colours and textures of these items. Think about how the piece you’ve selected will complement them without overpowering them or clashing with their style.
Art is not a fixed element; it is fluid and can be rearranged over time
Art is a personal expression. Unlike flooring or cabinetry, art can be moved over time to different rooms and even rearranged on the same wall. It is not a fixed element; it is fluid and can be removed, replaced, or added to as your tastes evolve.
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