The art you put on your walls can give your home personality! On our latest Studio 512 appearance, Raquel shared some of our expert design tips and lessons on how to select the perfect piece for your home. Your art should reflect your tastes and can even be the jumping off point as far as colors and inspiration for the décor in your room. Here is a link to our segment, or you can read below for our design tips on what to keep in mind when shopping for art.
1. Medium: There are so many art options available and of course, different mediums. There are originals, reproductions, giclees, prints, and beyond to choose from. Originals are typically the highest price point as you are getting a one-of-a-kind piece. Reproductions, giclees and other framed pieces are typically mid-level priced and suited to most people’s budgets. In a recent project, a client commissioned a Dallas-based artist to create an abstract piece based on the color scheme for the room.
2. Size: This is probably one of the most popular questions we get asked. You don’t want your art to be too small. To be on the safe side, go big! When looking at the overall wall space dimensions, your artwork should take up two-thirds to three-fourths of the wall. When hanging art above furniture like a sofa, table, fireplace mantle, etc. the art should be three-fourths the width of the furniture and hung about 6-12″ above the top. It is a pretty easy rule to remember! Be sure to measure these spaces when shopping so you can easily assess if a piece will fit your space.
3. Color: You should love what you put on your walls. Art is the perfect way to introduce your favorite colors into a room or help tie a space together. If you want to keep your space feeling light and serene, you would look for washed out colors, or a mix of neutrals to mimic the feeling of the room. If you like color, punchy pieces with a mix of color will allow you to have different color options to pull from when you are selecting other accents like lighting, pillows, and window treatments. Rather than picking your art last, keep the colors and mood you want for your mind first. It will make your room so much more cohesive.
4. Subject: Our most popular subject for art is abstract art or abstract landscapes. They are timeless, make a space stylish, and tend to work in most homes. For example, if you like coastal spaces, or live by the water, there are lots of tasteful ways to showcase this. Whether it is a photo of your favorite place, your favorite musician, or pastime, art can make your home feel more personalized to your interests.
For more art guidance, stop into our shop or send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org for a curated selection of art for your home.