Pro Tips for Choosing The Best Artwork for Your Home
Choosing just the right piece(s) of art is one of the more important decisions you will make when designing and/or decorating your home. Fortunately there are a few basic guidelines that can help you select the right piece for a certain space.
Artwork is what helps define your personality and create character in your home along with its value as an investment which can grow over time. So not only can your home values appreciate, your art investment(s) can too.
One of the great things about art is that you can spend a lot or a little and still enjoy it. Different interior design styles work well with various art styles and you can find all of them in a variety of sizes. If you choose art prints, you can further customize the size and print medium to get the exact look you are searching for.
Artwork For The Living Room
The living room is most often the room people think of when they are considering art for their home. It can also be the most intimidating design choice out of any room because this is the room that most of your guests will see and spend time in.
It’s important to choose the right art piece(s) for your living room. This art will set the feel, energy and overall vibe for the room and it will also be elemental in provoking conversation and giving people something to enjoy visually.
Living room art can be one large-scale print or a wall of prints. Because this space is usually large, you can get away with many prints if you choose. Go bold and bright or elegant and neutral. Overall you will want to match the design style in your home but you also want to be creative and have fun with your choices.
Artwork For The Kitchen
Your kitchen is the heart of the home and in most cases, the most used room of the house. Often times, it is also an overlooked room when it comes to art for interior design even though art absolutely needs to be incorporated in its design. The perfect places to put art in a kitchen are above countertops and cabinets.
Even though you should have art in your kitchen, it’s best to keep it smaller and look for pieces that complement, not overwhelm, the space. Many people like to enjoy funny, uplifting or more social prints that make us smile and help make the days easier.
Add a bit of color to a modern, minimalist design and add vibrant energy to any room.
Artwork For The Dining Room
The dining room is a fantastic place to enjoy art. The prints you choose should blend well with the other rooms in the house and keep the overall style intact. The actual print style is up to the designer or homeowner. Large abstract painting and photography work well with modern or contemporary designs, and if you are looking for something more traditional, still life’s or nature landscapes work well.
Dining rooms are places to have conversations and enjoy each other’s company, so you want to stay away from controversial art and choose pieces that are interesting but not ones that people will disagree over.
Artwork For The Bedroom
The bedroom is a place where ultimately we want to be able to relax, unwind and get good sleep. The artwork should reflect that and help achieve all of these goals as a supporting part of the overall design.
Most bedroom artwork is hung directly over the bed or on the wall opposite the bed. Large abstract pieces with soothing colors or tones are best and should be hung at eye level. If you are into photography, then check out landscapes or desaturated photos for the best results.
Most bedroom art will be in a gallery frame or canvas. The focus is on the art piece itself and not what frames it.
Artwork For The Office
Where we work is so important, especially with so many people working from home. Having art in your space is a great way to personalize your space and keep you inspired. To get started, think about how different art makes you feel and choose positive images or works by artists that inspire you.
For office art, look for bright and warm colors that can give your office space a boost of extra energy. Work that can raise the mood on a Monday morning, and all through the work week and sometimes even into the weekends. Pieces that make you smile when you catch sight of them, giving you that little burst of you you need every once in a while.
When it comes to larger offices and collaborative workspaces, abstract art has proven to be the best choice , since it has the power of unlocking people’s creative potential without distracting too much from the discussion and issues at hand. Art can increase performance, boost mood and improve physical well-being in addition to improving relationships between co-workers and clients.
Artwork For The Bathroom
The bathroom is one of the last places people consider when it comes to buying art for their homes or office. This is too bad because it’s a great place to enjoy it (lol). The artwork you choose should go with the overall vibe of the bathroom and it’s original design style.
In the master bathroom you will want to go with more serene or calming pieces, and – fun fact – bathroom art goes better in pairs. Many people choose sets of photos or paintings stacked on top of each other 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. Great placements for these pieces would be over the toilet, over the bathtub (if you have one), or over the towel and/or robe hooks.
Each room in your home or office will benefit from art on the walls. The key for any designer, pro or not, is to match the artwork to not only the room but also the client.
Design styles can be modified with a variety of elements but art is one of the most often used. It can change the feeling of an interior space almost immediately and can lift moods and promote creativity and connection.