How to Choose Artwork for Your Home

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Many of us enjoy artwork and frequent museums and even admire pieces of art in the homes of others, but some of us are never quite sure on how to incorporate those thought provoking, inspirational pieces into our own homes. The options seem endless, while some paintings, although beautiful, wouldn’t feel ‘right’ on the barren wall in your living room. We have compiled a few tips to help you get your footing in the art world and incorporate pieces into your home the right way so you can achieve the artistic space you’ve always wanted.

Know Your Style


The first step in choosing artwork for your home is knowing what you like. Everyone has different tastes and style preferences, so not every piece of artwork may be for you. Take the time to hone in on knowing what art pieces that you enjoy compared to art pieces that maybe not resonate with you as strongly. How to go about doing it? Google! Search up general terms like ‘artwork’ or ‘paintings’ and scroll through the search results and bookmark the images that you really enjoy. Compile around 10-20 images and try to find similarities between all of them so you can figure out what common factor they all have which caused you to enjoy them more in comparison to the other art pieces you saw – do you like more minimalist paintings? Or bold and mystifying? There are dozens of different styles of artwork so this is a vital step in focusing in on the style that you think suits you and your tastes the best.

Know Your Colors

Knowing what the color scheme in the room where you are planning on placing the artwork in is a key factor in successfully incorporating a piece into your home. Although the main goal of artwork is typically to stand out, if you mix up the color schemes incorrectly, this may end up happening, but in a bad way. Although in most cases you can get a piece of artwork to blend into most home color schemes, there are certain combinations that you should try to avoid if possible. To really get it right, always take into consideration the color of your walls, furniture, curtains and accent pillows in order to create a color palette that will seamlessly flow throughout your space. It is also important to know the differences between various colors so you can use their variety of characteristics to your advantage. Bright and bold colors tend to draw the viewer in, so consider placing paintings with these colors in a dining room or living room to help entertain guests. Warmer dark colors bring up feelings of relaxation which could prove to be useful as an accent artwork piece in the kitchen.


How Do You Want the Artwork to Change Your Room?

Depending on the piece of art, it can have dramatic effects in terms of changing how your space looks. Here are a few guidelines concerning artwork and their effects on different spaces:

Making a Small Room Appear Bigger:

Use large nature paintings in smaller rooms to give the illusion of being in an open space when in reality the room in question is significantly tiny. Opt for more far away nature paintings of horizons to really emphasize the broadening effect]

Make a Low Ceiling Higher:

Choose paintings that are vertical rather than horizontal, which would emphasize the low ceilings even more. Vertical paintings used sparingly help elongate walls giving the appearance of more space.

Make a Windowless Room More Cozy:

If you find yourself decorating a room without windows, create artificial windows and openings with artwork! Choose paintings of windows with a grand landscape and fluttering curtains from the imagined wind. Paintings of doorways can also have similar effects.


Let Your Creativity Shine!

The fun part about picking art work for your place is that other than a few ground rules, you essentially have free reign in deciding what unique piece you want to feature in your room. Go with your gut and what you think would look the best in your space  and keep it going from there.


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