A home is not really a home until you personalize it and make it yours. That includes adding artwork that reflects your personal style. Here are a few tips to help you get started on finding the perfect pieces.
- Look around – Spend time looking at artwork. In fact, window shop as much as possible. Go to art shows, visit local galleries and browse the web. Do you like photography, prints, original art or sculpture? Is your style contemporary, modern, traditional, transitional? The list of what’s available is endless. Find the styles you like.
- Pick what you love – After shopping around, the most important rule is to choose pieces that you love. Art and décor is a reflection of yourself, plus you want to enjoy it. So if you pick what you like you will be able to make it work.
- Check out the space – Take an inventory of the room. Which walls are the most visible and prominent? Do you want one wall to be the focal point or do you want to add interesting pieces in multiple places to keep your eye moving around the room?
- Size is important – Measure your wall before you go shopping to know what size will work. Also, choose pieces that work proportionally in the space. If the wall is a tall and wide then a small piece of art may get lost. If it’s a small space, an extra-large canvas may or may not work, depending on the look you want to achieve.
- Think color – What’s the color scheme in the room? If you want the piece to stand out pick out something that highlights a bold accent color you are already using. If you want to create a calmer impression choose art that has complementary or similar colors to the main palette. Also, consider the other accent pieces in the room to give the space a cohesive look.
- Change up the texture – All of your artwork doesn’t have to be the same. Be open to using a photograph on one wall, a painted canvas on another and a piece of sculpture as well. The variety adds interest to the room.
- It’s time to hang it – Once you have your artwork be sure to hang it right. Oftentimes people hang art too high. Rule of thumb is to place the center of the piece at eye level or about 60 inches from the floor.
- Finish with lighting – Having the right lighting is vital to making your art piece work. It will not have the impact you want if the space is too dark. The right lighting will not only highlight your art but add the right ambiance to the room. It’s the icing on the cake!