Hi there! Today, I want to shed some light on how to choose the perfect art to compliment your home. I am going to ruffle a few feathers here when I tell you that art doesn’t need to “mean” something to you. Sure, it’s fascinating to hear the story about when you were held at gunpoint in Tunisia until you made a purchase in an art shop (true story from my parents). It’s also beautiful to see a portrait of your great-great-grandmother in the 1800s with a minor smirk on her face (or was it a frown?). Or maybe you imported a very expensive, one of a kind piece from an art gallery in Italy and it needed its own private jet to travel to Australia. These stories are moments to remember for sure, but are they actually working in your home?
We put so much pressure on ourselves to pick the “perfect piece” when really, we just need to pick something we enjoy looking at and compliments our home. It’s that simple, so please take a chill pill and read on for a few useful tips on how to choose the perfect art to compliment your home!
Match the colours in your art with your Interior Design.
Before you do anything, study the physical room that your art will be going into. Look at the rooms shape, size, free walls and focal points.
Tall art in a tall room. The art is the focal point in this neutral room. Source: Pinterest.
It is so important to pick your art based on the style of your interior design. Imagine an industrial style home filled with lots of exposed brick, polished concrete and Industrial light fittings. Now imagine a beautiful, delicate water Lilies masterpiece by Monet sitting on one of those brick walls… makes no sense right? This point goes back to my introduction. Don’t hang art purely for its sentimental value. Hang it because it enhances your space and compliments your interior.
Here are some art suggestions for popular styles in Australian homes:
Choose the perfect art to compliment your interior design.
Which came first, the art or the interior design? If you are working with a blank canvas and happen to fall in love with a beautiful piece of art, run with it! Let this set the scene for how your interior design will pan out. Choose cushions, throws, rugs or decor to compliment the colours within your ar. This will pull the whole look together. If you already have your interior design complete, and the final touch will be the artwork, well then it’s time to study your colour palette. Pick out a few colours that you have going on in the room and try to find art that uses these colours or contrasts nicely. Or even better, make your own colour palette and commission a local artist to make a custom piece for you! You can find artists so easily on Instagram these days!
Master Bedroom Interior Design by Bright Side Interiors.
Next, you need to figure out if you want to hang one hero piece or go for multiple smaller sizes. If your art is going to be your focal point, it needs to have a wow factor. That doesn’t have to be down to its scale or its colour, you can choose to go for quantity to create a greater impact.
Left, Studio McGee. Middle, Pinterest. Right, my design.
By now, you will have learned how to assess a room for its size, shape, suitable walls and focal points. You will understand the importance of choosing art to compliment your Interior Design style and colour palette. And you will know exactly how many pieces you want to hang up. So let’s discuss hanging your art:
A mount prevents pigment from the art, rubbing onto the glass.
Do you feel like you know how to choose the perfect art for your home now? Just remember what I said at the beginning; “It all comes down to two very simple questions; Do you like it and does it work in your space?” Don’t stress yourself out trying to find that “perfect piece that means something”. Just focus on the 5 steps above and choose a piece of art that compliments your home. Choosing art should be enjoyable, not tedious. If you are stuck. feel free to send me a photo of your room and the art you are considering, I’ll let you know if you are on the right track!
Let me know if you learned anything from this blog post or if you have any other topics you’d like me to discuss!
Thank you for reading.
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