Be clear on your style
Do you love contemporary and bold? Vintage and feminine? Nature or geometrics? Whether you want your art to be a statement feature or blend in seamlessly with your existing interior, be sure to clarify your personal style before investing. Art should always reflect your taste and complement your existing interior to ensure a cohesive look and feel. The goal is to pinpoint pieces that mean something to you, not simply choose decor to fill wall space. Only buy it if you love it. Avoid following trends and only display artwork that has meaning to you and that makes you happy to see each day.
Get your proportions right
Size matters. When you buy a piece of art, always consider its scale and where you plan on hanging it. If you have a big blank wall you will need a large piece of art so that it doesn’t get lost in the space. On the contrary, you don’t want something that chews up too much visual space and dominates everything else in the room. If you intend to move the piece around in your home or move house altogether, you are best to go for pieces that are of a fairly standard size i.e. not too big and not too small. Anything between 40cm and 120cm are pretty easy to find a spot for in any house. For contemporary art, bigger is better to maximize impact. Hanging art to the correct height is also important – the centre of the piece should ideally be at eye level.
Large-scale pieces can be expensive. If you can’t make that type of investment yet, create a gallery wall of smaller prints grouped together to take the place of one large piece. Re frame or repaint the frames of the pieces you already own to give them a new life. Consider canvas artwork as these are often more affordable than framed artwork and available in endless styles, colours and sizes. If you fancy yourself a bit of DIY, stretch a beautiful high-quality fabric across a blank canvas, secure with a staple gun and voila! You will have created your own custom master piece.
Art comes in all shapes and sizes
Artwork is not just a painting. Consider other forms of art to adorn your walls such as photography, pop art, vintage posters and maps, quotes, drawings or exotic tribal finds such as Juju hats and macramé wall hangings. It’s also a great way to add texture to your space.