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The best way to personalize your home is by adding accent pieces that bring out your personality. Not only do accent pieces show off your personality, but they’re also helpful in diverting attention from unappealing items, like an old air conditioner or a cluttered shelf. Also, the artwork you choose will set the tone or energy of a room in your home.
If you’re not an art curator, choosing artwork for your home may not come naturally. In order to help you choose the perfect artwork for your home, we will focus on the basics: size, colour, style, materials, framing and multiple prints and the room.
Interior decorating may sound like a creative task, but it actually involves basic math. When choosing an artwork for a room, the size of a room and the furniture in it, can actually affect the size of the artwork.
Artwork Size Guide
Medium (60-70 cm)
Works well when grouped with multiple pieces to form a gallery wall, adding symmetry to a room.
Large (70-100 cm)
This serves as the centerpiece of a room. The standard is one or two large pieces in one room.
Oversized (100 cm & above)
Given that it’s relatively big, one oversized artwork can serve as a focal point of large room or a wall.
If you have a small room, one large or oversized artwork can make a room look bigger. Artworks should not be more than two-thirds longer than your sofa and it should be at least 15 centimetres above the edge of your furniture.
There are different art styles that can match different kinds of homes. But before looking into the history of art and the different art movements that rose throughout the years, it’s important to understand different home styles. Each home has its own style and the artwork you’ll hang on your wall should help bring out your aesthetic.
Scandanavian: This style boasts a neutral palette with pops of color. Consider artworks featuring geometric patterns and pops of pastels to add playfulness to this calm and laid-back style.
Contemporary: This aesthetic is defined by geometry, muted tones and sleek lines. Pair a contemporary style home with bold and dramatic artwork to complete the look.
Nautical: This style brings the sea into the home. Nautical style is defined by the sea, so artwork that can bring you there will definitely add to the nautical aesthetic.
Rustic: This aesthetic is very homey and family-oriented. Artwork that depict nostalgia can add to the inviting mood of a rustic home.
Industrial: This style is very reminiscent of a NY apartment. It usually feature raw materials like brick, leather and concrete. Artwork with a neutral palette like a black and white print works well with an industrial home.
A basic understanding of colour theory is helpful for interior design and decorating. According to this theory, colour can affect a person’s mood, state of mind and overall disposition. Carl Jung, a famous Psychologist, even used four colours to describe four temperaments: sunshine yellow, fiery red, earth green and cool blue - that’s why it’s important to choose the right accent colour to match each room at home.
Blue: It has a calming effect, making it perfect for the bedroom or office.
Yellow: Associated with joy and energy, perfect for the kitchen, dining room and bathroom.
Green: Transcends a sense of calmness and makes a perfect accent for the bedroom and living room.
Red: Increase appetite, making it perfect for the kitchen and dining room.
Purple: Represents mystery and creativity, making it a perfect accent for the bedroom and office.
Introduce a new colour into the room in twos or threes. One occurrence of a bright pink could be accidental, but two circumstances make it intentional. Repeating colours can increase an artwork’s impact in a room. If the artwork’s colour is warm, make sure the pieces around it are cool colours, to make it stand out more. Wall color can also help accentuate an artwork. Your most significant piece of artwork should have a background colour that matches your wall colour. For example, a light blue and white artwork would look great on a navy blue wall.
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There are different kinds of wall art materials to choose from. In order to choose the right one for your home, it’s important to understand the material’s look and feel to understand where it is best suited.
Acrylic: Acrylic artwork has a glossy finish, thus absorbing and reflecting light. This is perfect for spaces with plenty of natural light and often used in commercial spaces.
Prints: This kind of artwork is usually matte and textured, giving it an authentic and nostalgic look. Prints are commonly used as home decoration, as it gives natural and homey feel to a space.
Framing and multiple prints
When investing in an artwork for your home, it’s important to preserve it properly through framing, so it can last you for a long time. As a general rule, regardless of the material, it’s important that it’s been treated to protect it against UV rays. For frame colors, white and black is a staple and will never go out of style. If you want to be more stylish and daring, gold and silver frames are bold choices. Lastly, consider the color of your floor when choosing the color of your frame. For example, timber frames match timber homes, while dark mahogany frames won’t go so well with blonde timber floors.
Now that you know how to preserve your artwork, how many should a room have? For a small space, investing on one large or oversized artwork can make the space look bigger. But when buying more than one artwork, there should always be a “hero” artwork, while all the other “secondary” artworks should complement the “hero” artwork.
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Artworks showcase a homeowner’s personality by giving the home character. But how do you decide on choosing an artwork for each room at home? Think of how each room will be used.
- Kitchen: As the heart of the home, it deserves artwork that make people smile. Opt for smaller pieces that complement the space. For example, consider hanging a photo of a recent holiday with family to add nostalgia to the space.
- Bedroom: This is the space of refuge and intimacy. The artwork in this room should be relaxing to the eyes. Look for abstract pieces with soothing colors or tones. If you are into photography, landscapes or desaturated photos can have a calming effect
- Bathroom: This is often one of the most neglected room, but you can actually make this room come to life with artwork. If the bathroom is located on the main floor, opt for bright and vibrant artworks. If it’s the master’s bathroom, opt for calm and serene artworks, since it’s a very private space, much like the bedroom.
- Living room: This will be the most used room for your guests, which is why the artwork in this space should spark a conversation. Try putting up a large classical artwork from Van Gogh or a large gallery wall, so it acts as a focal point in your living room.