No home can really look great without proper artwork. And we’re not talking only about the living room here. Each room in your home deserves a touch of class, though you probably wouldn’t hang your most precious painting in the kitchen, for example. So, how do we know that some artwork is suitable for our home and, more specifically, for each room?
The answer is not very simple and straightforward, to be honest. However, certain guidelines exist and if you follow them, you’ll find it much easier to find what suits you and what is stylish and appropriate. Remember, the artwork is supposed to make you feel much more pleasant at home and it is supposed to give a touch of elegance and sophistication to your whole home design. As such, it’s an investment that shouldn’t be taken lightly, although we are not talking about exorbitant amounts. Let’s take a look at some tips on how to choose artwork for your home.
Why don’t we start with the room that is supposed to be your sanctuary and retreat, where you relax and unwind from all the work and obligations. The artwork you choose for the bedroom should reflect that. Focus on the walls opposite the bed or directly over it and hang large-scale pieces directly at eye level. The type of artwork you choose depends on your taste, but it is generally a good idea to go for soothing colours and tones. You might opt for pictures of landscapes as well, but just make sure the frames are minimal, since all the attention should go to the work itself, rather than the frame.
It might come as a surprise to many, but the kitchen also deserves some artwork. After all, there is a good reason why this room is commonly referred to as the “heart of the home”. Studies have shown that is it very often the room where we spend most time during the day. Do you still think the kitchen doesn’t deserve artwork? Truth be told, most kitchens don’t have much space to spare, but you might want to use the countertop or the space above cabinets. Needless to say, you can’t go big here, so think in terms of details that will go well with the rest of the room, rather than dominate it. For example, there are many funny or social prints that really look great in the kitchen and that are inexpensive. What’s more, you can create your own and have a unique feature.
If you have a space at your home from which you can work, you should also personalise it. A lot of people believe that they’ve personalised a place if they’ve put up photos of themselves or their loved ones, but that’s not the case. You can also choose artwork that reflects your personality and attitudes. It’s really simple to look for framed artwork online and choose among hundreds of available products. Also, you can create a rotating gallery, using a floating ledge shelf, which allows you to have a range of artwork that you can look at while not having to drill holes in the wall for each and every one of them. Finally, when you’re bored with a piece, you can just replace it with another one.
Another room which usually doesn’t give you loads of free space for artwork, but which also looks much better if it contains some kind of art. The secret here is to choose the pieces that are calming and sophisticated. Symmetry works well in the bathroom and you can go for two identical pieces that you can put on either side of the mirror, for example. Other places that can be used to hold artwork include the wall over the toilet or the bath (but not the shower booth). Some artwork could even be installed over the towel rack/hooks, space permitting.
Finally, the room you’ve all expected at the top of the list! This is the room that requires most attention, but also allows more options than other places in your home. Don’t forget that everyone coming to visit you will spend at least some time in the living room and, therefore, you want them to feel comfortable. If you don’t have a large-scale, this is probably the room where you want it installed. It doesn’t have to be a 2D piece, but anything that you believe will add pizzazz to your living room and give a statement about the home and people living in it.
The best part about choosing artwork for your home is that it is no longer that expensive and you now have a much wider selection to choose from. However, it’s important that you don’t overdo it and clutter the home with different types of artwork. You’ll only achieve the opposite effect. However, if you manage to find the right pieces, you’ll see how much better your whole home will look, which is the ultimate goal of introducing artwork.