How Do I Choose Art For My Special Room?
Posted on 20 December 2017
Choosing a piece of art for your special room...
It's not as easy as it sounds. You want it to look good and you want it to please you. You also want to be proud of it when people visit you. You want it to make a statement about you. It should also respect the proportions and color palette of your room. So much to think about. And yet, for some, choosing art is completely intuitive. For the rest of us, here's some wisdom from the design world:
Buy What You Love
In the Huffington Post, art consultant Daniel Kincade tells the Dering Hall Journal that the love of the art you choose as the first priority. And, so it should be the first consideration when choosing art for your special room. Any piece that you yourself do not love can never be right for your room, so start there.
Get To Know The Artist
Gabrielle Savoie writes in My Domaine and advises us to get to know the artist's work, follow them on Instagram or even read up about the artist's biography on a website such as Uprise. In short, get to know the background of the person who produced the artwork you've grown to love. Visitors to your home will find the information interesting and it deepens your relationship with the artwork and the room you love.
Right Size, Proportion and Placement
Natalie Myers writes in Houzz about the importance of choosing art that is sized properly. It should be large and ample. but respect the dimensions of the room and the furniture in the room. One important tip Natalie shares is that the art should fill two-thirds to three-quarters of the wall. She also stresses to keep the bottom edge of the frame 6 to 12 inches above the furniture for a properly proportioned look.
Affordable Options: Local Artists or Stretched Canvases
Melissa Dunlap writes for SheKnows (therefore, we think she knows a thing or two!) specializing in lifestyle communications. In an interview she did with David Bromstad, the first ever winner of HGTV's Design Star -- and artist in his own right -- Melissa uncovers some of David's wisdom about selecting art that doesn't break the bank. David says:
"A great way to get original pieces of artwork inexpensively is to go to your local artists. There are local artists all over the place, no matter how small your town is."
and, as another option, he further explains:
If you want to purchase your first "grown-up" art piece, but still don't want to spend a ton of money on the original, consider stretch canvases. They're amazing. Stretch canvases look beautiful, and they look like original pieces of art because they are on canvas. They can start around $100 and go up in price for large-scale pieces. HomeGoods, Pier 1 and Z Gallerie have great stretch canvases."
Negative Space / Breathing Room
Apartment Therapy is the undisputed apartment decor authority and Adrienne Breaux writes there about home decor topics. According to Adrienne, an often overlooked concept in wall decor is negative space -- the idea of leaving some white space in the room so that the pieces chosen receive the appropriate amount of "breathing room". Pieces that are crowded together, or rooms that are cluttered with too many works become difficult for the eye to process and the art in the room loses the attention it deserves.
Work in Progress
We'd like to add our own touch of wisdom to this list of tips. Each room, like our lives themselves are and will always be works-in-progress. Therefore, it is OK if a room is not complete in the eye of the decorator. Often, there are changes that are desired to be made, but need to wait because of budget, time, or simply because the right piece hasn't been found yet. Learn to live with the dynamic imperfection that is our lives and our homes. You'll soon find the time, the budget or the right piece that satisfies your need to "finish" the room.
But, don't be surprised if you find yourself seeking to swap out something yet again for a fresh piece.
It's OK. Our lives are ever-changing, as are our living spaces.