8 Steps To Choose Art For Home


Nothing makes a house feel more like a home than a display of art. The right artwork can add character, warmth and panache to your home. Here are 8 simple steps as the stepping stones to finding the perfect painting to enhance your home.

Step 1: Decide on a Budget

Access your budget for art, the space you’re working with and the number of paintings you intend to buy to determine the best way to spend your money. A large painting can serve as the main focal point of the room while several smaller pieces or groupings can create a unique design statement.

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Step 2: Pick the Right Size

Scale and proportion can make or break your room, so when you’re buying art, always bear in mind its size in relation to wall space and other elements in the room. Art that is too large tends to overwhelm and look odd while art that’s too small will be lost or overshadowed by other elements in the space. Large paintings can look grand and luxurious in a big, spacious room, while collections of smaller paintings well-suited for smaller rooms or homes. As a general rule, large paintings should be hung alone, and smaller pieces should be hung in groups. Measure the space you want to hang the art and leave enough "white space" for the paintings to breathe. Bold, geometric and brightly coloured art with contrasting frames will need more white space than more muted designs.

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Choose paintings by size to fit a particular space. For example, if you’re hanging a painting or groups of small paintings over a piece of furniture, the art size should be confined within the length of the furniture to keep the overall space looking proportionate, see above.

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Hang a long horizontal piece on a horizontal wall and a long, narrow and vertical piece to a small vertical wall to accentuate the height or length of the wall and make the room feel more spacious. If you’re planning on moving your art around different areas of your home or to a new house, you might want to opt for pieces that are of fairly medium or standard size, around 30cm and 120cm, that will fit most walls.

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Step 3: Colour is Key

Pick colors that will create the appropriate mood for the space. For example, beige, blues and greens are cool, serene colors that inspire a feeling of calmness and relaxation, suitable for bedrooms. In the dining room or living room, a deeper, bolder color, such as orange, purple, or red would be a great for an environment for fun and entertainment.

Decide if you want the painting to be the single focal point that will define the room or as complementary pieces to complete the space. A room with multiple colors will take the spotlight away from the art and create a cluttered look. Consider the elements in the room, from the wall color and furniture to curtains, throws and other decorative pieces to access your room’s colour theme. When selecting a painting to match the colour scheme of the room, pick the most attention-grabbing colours in the room as the guideline colour palette for the painting. Choose paintings that fit the colour palette to blend in seamlessly with the environment. For rooms with muted colours, a painting with similar or complementary colors will work great. A bold, colourful painting will serve as the centre of attraction and add liveliness to a monochromatic room with minimal design elements.  

8 Steps To Choose Art For Home

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Step 4: Select your Style

The style of your paintings should be in harmony with the design of the room or house. Consider the painting’s imagery, mood and shapes against the contents of your room. Look for patterns or prints in your home decor and the style of your furnishings to select paintings that match the style. A house filled with antique furniture and decor will suit antique-style paintings. For contemporary-style homes with spacious rooms and high ceilings, go for large contemporary paintings. If your room has curtains or cushions with shapes and patterns, choose paintings that have a similar design.

Step 5: Frame

Choose a frame that complements the contents of the room as well as the painting itself. Consider the furniture and architectural structure of the room. A frame that has a similar style to the painting and room gives a traditional look while varying one element creates a bold yet cohesive look. Don't be afraid to play around with your options. Some paintings can be hung with no frame for a modern look. Frames can even take over the painting’s spotlight! Plain and identical frames are ideal for the emphasis to remain on the paintings, so try going for paintings of a similar style and colour and display them in frames of different colours and styles to let them shine instead.

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Step 6: Hang correctly.

Make sure the artwork is hung at the right height. As a guideline, paintings should be hung so that the centre of the painting is at eye level, but feel free to experiment. If you have difficulty figuring out the right way round to hang an abstract painting, look for a signature as an indicator, usually at the bottom right corner. For a unique look, try hanging your art in unconventional ways.

Step 7: Light it Up.

You'll want your artwork to be seen! Make sure to have enough lighting for your painting to make an impact and draw in attention. Dimly lit artwork will look dull or and uninviting. After hanging your artwork, move your lighting around or add new light spots to illuminate the piece. When hanging art behind glass, stay away from walls directly across from windows as the light creates glare that will make your painting disappear from the wall. A well-lit painting will make the space ‘pop’ and add to the mood of the room.

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Step 8: Experiment and have fun!

Sometimes, contradiction is exciting and can make a striking style statement. Mix traditional with contemporary designs, and antique with modern for a collision of worlds that gives a unique look to a space. If you’re still experimenting and finding your style, you might want to opt for a lower price point. The oil paintings by Arts Conclave are affordable and all fully customizable by size and style. You can even convert your favourite photos into oil paintings. Think outside of the box and be bold. Most importantly, have fun while doing it!

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