5 tips for adding art to your home
Let you house become your story with decorative artworks that are a reflection of what you like and enjoy. Artworks can set the tone of a room where bright, contemporary pieces can be bring energy and movement whilst dark, somber works will add a sense of depth and interest. We've come up with 5 tips that will assist you when selecting and hanging up artwork.
1. Choose a space that you would like to add art to
If you have a big, empty wall that you need to fill then consider a large painting that fits around two-thirds of the space or a gallery wall with small pieces of art scattered uniformly. If on the other hand you have a small space above a mantle piece or side table you would like to decorate then a small but significant painting will do. It is also good to keep in mind that an artwork doesn't have to be bold or big to make an impact.
2. Pick art that you love
Art can be many things to many people. Whether its to add humor, colour, romance or calm, you can find a piece to suit your needs. Artwork can be thought-provoking or simple, sentimental or just plain beautiful to look at.
3. Consider art that complements the theme of your room or a theme that compliments your art
It is not essential to have your art match your room style but having both styles complement each other does create a space that is coherent. The room below has a tribal style with the large, wooden chest, beaded necklace piece and rusted gold vase. The large portrait of an African girl in beaded dress commands the room whilst also complementing the african style. The black and white colours of the artwork compliment the cream walls and dark-brown case.
4. Colours set the mood
It is also good to keep in mind that the colours incorporated in your artwork will help set the tone of the room it is hanging in. Brighter colours and artworks that have a lot of white space will add light and energy whilst darker colours will be heavy and atmospheric.
5. Placement is key
Once you have chosen your beloved piece of art, then you can begin deciding how and where to place it. A good rule of thumb when it comes to hanging art is to place it at eye-level. A piece that is hung up properly and securely will also save you the effort of having to keep ensuring that is straight. There is nothing more frustrating than a slightly skew painting.