January 26, 2021

A Beginner’s Guide for Picking Wall Art for the Home

We often have this preconceived idea that choosing art should come fairly naturally. However, for many people, it is difficult to choose art, especially when it comes to putting it in their homes. And truth be told, art can often make or break a room. So you don’t want to miss out.

Then, how do you choose artwork for your home with confidence when you don’t really know a thing about art? What should you take into consideration when choosing art for a specific space in your home? These are questions we are going to answer throughout this article.

Show your personality through wall art

But first things first, I would like to make the subject a little lighter and stress that choosing art should always be fun and never scary. In the context of a home, art highlights the personality of its inhabitants. It adds character and is, therefore, the perfect opportunity to express yourself! Something inherently amusing.

1.Get to know your taste in art

Get to know your taste in art by confronting yourself to some exhibitions, visit local art galleries or museums to see what speaks to you and what doesn’t. Take notes, pictures, or references to be able to find similar art when you’ll look for it. The more exhibitions you’ll attend, the sharper your eye will become.

If you don’t have a clue, start with your personal style

If you have trouble knowing what you like when you visit an art gallery. You can start with something easier, such as your personal style. Are you more of a minimalist when it comes to clothing or do you wear a lot of colors and textures? Chances are that your taste for art will be similar to your personal style. So you can look in this sense. Below are 4 examples of picking art based on personal style. Keep in mind that just because you dress a certain way doesn’t mean that you should choose artworks that are only related to your personal style. But it is a good starting point when you are clueless.

So that was for the picking part but now how do you choose art for your home? Here is what to consider:

2.Scale and available space

Before buying any art, consider the size of the wall you want to fill. It will help you define the size of the art you want to buy. If you have a large wall, you can consider bringing a large piece of art. It will instantly make a statement. You can also opt for paintings that go in pairs to fill a large wall.

Another good way to fill a gap in a wall, whether small or large, is to use a gallery wall. A gallery wall will allow you all sorts of eccentricity. You can mix and match different art styles, play with symmetry or stay on the safe side and just accumulate several pieces of art of the same type. If you are interested in Gallery walls, check out 16 ideas of gallery wall.

3.Existing decor

When it comes to decorating your home, you rarely start with art. So before purchasing anything, take note of what furniture, type of materials color palette you already have in order to get a harmonious result.

If you have rather neutral rooms adding touches of colors through art can be nice. But there is really no magical recipe as neutral rooms with neutral paintings can also make a really great result as well as colorful rooms with colorful art. It depends on the style you are aiming for.

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This bedroom has neutral colors and the artworks that have been chosen as well.
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4.Decide what style(s) you are going for

This is precisely what you need to focus on so that you don’t go in all directions. Having a clear idea of what type of result you want, will really help you pick the art. Making a Pinterest board or any kind of moodboard to help you keep in mind your goal will prevent you from buying artworks that won’t fit your space. But at the end of the day, it’s a fundamentally fun process, so don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty testing all kinds of different styles.

Cover picture via Architectural Digest


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