HOW TO // CHOOSE ART FOR YOUR HOME
Learn how to choose art for your home by ditching the generic and mixing styles like a pro!
Choosing art for your home can definitely be a daunting task. There are so many options available that it can be tough to know where to even begin! I'm laying out a few tips to help you narrow down your art search as well as sharing some of my favorite affordable art pieces. If you are looking for even more art inspiration, HERE is a post on how to add Edgy Femme Art to your home.
How To Choose Art Tip #1:
Refine Your Color Palette
Choose a color palette that coordinates with the rest of your room, at least picking up one or two colors that are featured in your space. You have a little more leeway with art coloring because generally it is meant to stand out or enhance the overall vibe of the room, so this is more of a loose guideline to follow. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your color choices! If you are feeling like your chosen art has too stark of a color contrast with the rest of your room, add in an accessory or two in that color to help pull everything together.
How To Choose Art Tip #2: Determine Your Subject Matter
I go about creating art groupings much in the way that I approach pillow mixing & matching. I subconsciously categorize art into neutral, geometric, organic, bold, etc. almost immediately upon seeing it and use that as my base for pairing pieces together. If you want to strip it down to its simplest form you can place art into two general categories: Organic and Geometric. Organic subject matter can include florals, landscapes, abstract movements, figurative drawings, portraits, etc. and Geometric art can include linear patterns, botanicals, typography, shapes, etc. I find that a gallery wall feels the most balanced when it includes a few pieces from each “category” - like an abstract shape paired with a classic portrait and a line drawing (see below). Again, this is a loose guideline to follow as art is such a personal choice and at the end of the day I say hang what you love!
How To Choose Art Tip #3:
Play With Scale & Proportion
Diversify your art pairings by mixing large, medium and small scale prints together. This adds a lot of interest to a grouping and gives you the opportunity to use different subject matter. Like the photo to the left, try anchoring your grouping with a large scale abstract painting (or photograph) and pepper in drawings, portraits, quotes or whatever else suits your fancy. Embrace asymmetry in your collection and use the different patterns to create balance. If a gallery wall isn’t your thing, try one oversized art piece, a duo or even a trio to fill your wall space.
How To Choose Art Tip #4:
Don't Forget About Framing
There are so many beautiful options out there beyond the standard black or white frame (not that I’m against those!) and I encourage you to experiment with mixing frame colors and styles. If you are going to use all one frame style/color for a collection, play around with mat widths - I love an oversized mat as it can be more dramatic and really puts the spotlight on the print. Artfully Walls, Art.com and Art To Frames are some of my favorite retailers as they all have a wide variety of frame and/or mat options.
How To Choose Art Tip #5:
Placement & Hanging
This might be the easiest tip yet! I’m not going to lie, art that is hung too high or spaced too far apart is one of my biggest pet peeves. Like, I immediately want to go grab a hammer and move it kind of pet peeve. A good rule of thumb to follow is to hang the center of the piece (or grouping) at eye level. If you have a gallery wall in mind, I strongly recommend first tracing the frames onto craft paper and taping them to the wall so you can sort out the height and spacing before ever hammering in a nail! Wide spacing can be intentional, but often I see single art pieces just floating alone around the room. If they are on the smaller side, try grouping the pieces together for a bigger impact.
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Stay tuned for my next Art Styling series where I will be showing you a few of my favorite gallery walls and art pairings!
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