Bringing art into your home is a lovely way to take your interiors to the next level – working not only with fabric, colour and spaces, but with renditions of artists who may inspire and uplift. Not just that, if you’re starting your interior décor project from scratch then it would actually be interesting to start by finding a work of art that caught your attention and work around it – ideal especially if you are looking for unique ideas for a small space.
Try your best not to get carried away by market trends and art works as investments – if you’re looking for paintings, photographs and sculptures or reprints to introduce into your home then always go with your gut. At the end of the day, it is not about the price or its contemporary value – it is all about what the work means to you and if it is something you want to look at day after day.
Browsing through local galleries is a great way to buy art. Virtual galleries and agents are used commonly, but nothing can match up with the personal experience of standing in front of it. Another way is visiting art schools – final displays or shows they have, introducing the next generation of artists to the world and giving your home a fresh perspective.
What to pick? Besides getting a watercolour landscape or an abstract rendition filled with colour that you fell in love with, picking an art work for your home is much like choosing the right piece of furniture or upholstery.
Paintings in an assortment of mediums – oils, watercolours, acrylics or even simple charcoal drawings – can add colour and visual variety. Sculptures add depth and dimension, especially if placed in a way so as to be viewed from all sides. Lastly for larger spaces, installation works that are specific to the site – murals, light and object installations or special artworks made exclusively for the room at hand – can bridge the gap between design and fine art and give the home owner a chance to be involved.
Once you have chosen, there are a couple of details which you can’t overlook when it comes to its display – hanging or placing it right and the lighting to go with. A piece of art must be at eye level and symmetrical to the rest of the room’s décor – aligning it to a specific piece of furniture could help. You don’t have to stick to one work per wall – a lot of interesting clusters and batches of smaller images can be used to create a much larger display. Lighting again can help you manipulate how much attention you want the work to draw to itself, and when. Use of a muted spot at night could help emphasize the work, as could a general ambient light that draws attention to the whole wall or side of the room.
Go a little crazy and give yourself some leeway while you browse through collections, but keep in mind two tiny factors that could make or break the décor of the room – size and colours. Every work of art needs room to breathe, so if you fill up the wall space with a painting or add a sculpture to an already cluttered corner, the room will most probably end up having no focal point and just look messy totally taking the attention away from the piece of art.