What makes your home uniquely you? It’s what you put in it! After you’ve furnished your home with all the basics, the fun begins–it’s time to choose wall art. Don’t think of art as just another home purchase, but instead as a chance to express your personal style or make a statement. Of course, you’ll be living with your choice of art every day, so put some thought into it before you buy.
How to Choose the Perfect Wall Art for Your Home
While there are no hard and fast rules for choosing art for your home, here are some things to consider as you shop. A few things to keep in mind are the space you have to fill, your style, and the color scheme of the room, to name a few.
Choose Wall Art by Style
This is probably the easiest way to choose art for your home. As you shop for wall art, you’ll naturally love some pieces and dislike others. Do you love modern art, impressionism, photography? While everything you like might not be a good fit for your home, keep reading to see how to make sure the artwork you choose will work with your decor.
Choose Wall Art by Size
You should love the art you choose, but you also have to consider what fits your space. You wouldn’t hang one tiny print over a sofa for example. As a general rule, wall art should take up 60% to 75% of the available wall space that isn’t already covered by molding or blocked by furniture. And, when hanging art over furniture, like a sofa or bed, it should be 2/3 to 3/4 the width of the furniture. You can always group smaller pieces of art together to acheive this.
Choose Wall Art by Color
There are few different ways to think about choosing art pieces by color. You can stick to the color scheme already in the room. Look for art you like that incorporates the same colors or different shades of the same colors.
Another option, for a neutral-colored room with mostly neutral furniture, is to go bold. Make the art the focus of the room with bright, bold colors that will stand out against your neutral backdrop.
And, finally, if you feel like the room is already busy with lots of color and texture, you might want to choose simple art work with subdued colors, or even line drawings.
Choose Wall Art Based on an Inspiration Piece
Do you have one stand-out piece in your room? Maybe it’s a brightly colored chair or throw pillow, an area rug, or artwork you already own. You can use that inspiration piece to build on as you decorate the rest of the room. Look for art prints that include the same color or colors.
As you’re selecting art and keeping in mind color, size, and maybe an inspiration piece, don’t forget that above all else, you need to like the artwork you bring into your home. You’ll see it every day, so choose something that inspires positive feelings, whether it’s happiness, calm, or maybe a favorite memory. After all, art is meant to be enjoyed!