November 13, 2020
How to Choose Wall Art for Your Home
in Home Decor
We all know those timeless, iconic interior designs. You know, the ones with minimalist décor and a spacious feel, all metal and glass, with the Andy Warhol replicas on the wall. Many people simply look at interiors like this and feel nothing but envy, saying to themselves, “I couldn’t possibly afford anything even remotely like this,” or “It only looks so good because it’s a good photo with excellent lighting.” But let’s take a closer look, shall we?
So maybe you don’t have a penthouse, replete with luxurious metal profiles and beautiful glazings, but you may just have the wall space to put up some wall art. It’s amazing how much of a difference that can make, turning an interior from dreary and drab to intriguing and stylish. Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “How do I choose a wall décor?” Read on to get some tips on how to choose art for your home.
The first question we should be asking ourselves when it comes to wall décor is: how do interior designers choose art? Well, interior designers ask themselves several theoretical questions about what kind of space they want to decorate, its function, and the style they want to create there. One useful criterion that you can adopt to choose wall art is the given room’s function. Perhaps you’d like something more dynamic or audacious in your living room, as opposed to say, your bathroom, where you’ll be looking for simpler, flowery or leafy patterns.
In the end, it’s up to you, and everything depends on the style and vibe you’re going for, so don’t let yourself get boxed in by tired old motifs. Try to draw inspiration from multiple sources. Here are some pieces of travel posters art that evoke the theme of travel to get your creative juices flowing.
There is more than one way to approach the subject of wall décor, even when considering the function of a given room. Let’s take bathrooms for example. A downstairs powder room will perhaps have more flamboyant and adventurous wall art than a master bathroom, where a more quiet and diminished style might be preferable.
When you think about how to choose wall art for your home, one critical thing to keep in mind is that you need to manage your wall space. You want to occupy part of your walls with art, but you also definitely want to keep some space open, so that your interior does not feel cluttered (unless you’re going for that maximalist interior style, in which case - go wild!).
It is perhaps most important to consider the relationship between empty and filled wall space when arranging wall art that is more dynamic. The proper centering, wall margins, and the play between the color of the wall and the colors in the art all play a substantial role in whether a piece will work well in a room.
A common mistake people make is that they arrange their interior décor around the impression they want to make on their guests, but they forget they themselves will be the ones who will be living in their own home. So, when decorating your bedroom, for example, you should choose light, calming, pastel tones in your wall art.
As always, you decide what will work best for you. Don’t let designer-speak or artsy mumbo jumbo define what you want or intimidate you into blind submission to the mundane (although it’s still worth taking some pointers from the pros from time to time). Be yourself.
One often overlooked aspect of choosing art for your home is how to frame it. Frames are very often a defining feature of art, and you should choose frame styles and colors that complement the style and colors in the given room. Sometimes, no frame or a minimalistic frame is the answer. Experiment all you need until you find the right balance between art, frame, open wall space and your furniture. Try imagining some frames to go with these floral-themed posters:
Turns out the room where a lot of people spend most of their time when at home is the kitchen. For many, the kitchen is a place of fruitful labor (that you get to eat later) and a sanctuary where one can decompress and forget the burdens of work and social life. Or, on the contrary, it may be a place to socialize with friends as one perfects a recipe in good company. Either way, the kitchen is perhaps where choosing the right wall art is most important.
We hope that we managed to help you (even if just a little) to choose wall art for your home.