Michelle Baker, MA
Choosing Art for Your Home
Photographs, drawings, paintings, any of these can instantly warm up a space and transform it into a home. It’s time to liven up those empty walls and add color and life to your space.
Here are some tips to help you fill your walls in a welcoming, homey way.
Buy art that you love
Follow your heart. It may sound cheesy, but it’s actually a great advice. The key to successfully investing in art lies in knowing what you want. Remember, the art is for you. So be sure to get something that you will enjoy having in your home.
No matter how beautiful a painting or a photo is, it won’t matter if you don’t feel strongly about it. Plus, you won’t get tired of looking at it if it means something to you. Give it room to shine by hanging it on the most visible wall in your home.
Size does matter
When choosing an art for your room, you should always consider the size of the art and the wall. To give you an idea of the space you have to work with, we suggest that you measure the wall’s dimension. Art that is too small will be lost and look out of proportion; while art that is too large will overwhelm.
If you have a large wall, you can mix smaller pieces with similar content or color scheme. This helps create a meaningful group of artwork that relates to each other.
Think of color
When choosing an artwork, make sure that its color scheme complement with your home’s interior. Unless you want a room with stark contrast, we suggest that you stick with pieces in the same color family as your color scheme.
Consider your budget
It is important to consider how much you are willing to spend before searching for an artwork. If you are on a tight budget, you might want to consider buying art from local artists. Their work is inexpensive but gorgeous. You can find a lot of talented artists through social media sites like Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.
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