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When designing your ideal home, the prospect of choosing decorations can be both exciting and intimidating if you are not sure where to begin.

How to Choose the Right Artwork for Your Home

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When designing your ideal home, the prospect of choosing decorations can be both exciting and intimidating if you are not sure where to begin. No matter how overwhelming the process can be, resist the urge to leave the walls blank. Even the most minimalist designers decorate their spaces with some type of art. Use these three tips to get started adorning your area.

1. Keep Scale in Mind 

Always be thinking about the size of the art compared to the size of your room, notes House Nerd. If a tiny painting catches your attention but you are trying to decorate a large space with high ceilings, try thinking about other spots to hang the piece. The small dimensions of the piece paired with the overwhelming size of the area will end up looking bizarre and slightly unfinished. Conversely, hanging a massive image in a compact room will make the space appear small and cramped.

The source suggests sticking mainly with “standard” sized art, or pictures that measure between 12 and 47 inches. Average-sized rooms can typically accommodate artwork within these dimensions, but if you have an area that is significantly larger or smaller than normal, you may want to lean toward either end of the size spectrum.

The dimension of your artwork should make sense with the size of your room. The dimension of your artwork should make sense with the size of your room.

2. Shop around  

Finding the perfect pieces to express your personal style will take more than just a trip to the mall. Westchester magazine recommends scouring local coffee shops, college art shows, craft events, and boutique galleries to see what is out there. House Nerd suggests keeping your eyes peeled wherever you go because beautiful art can be hiding in the most unlikely places. For example, try jotting down the name of muralists or street artists whose work you come across to see if they sell home-appropriate images.

Keep in mind that original artwork can be quite expensive, so consider mapping out a budget ahead of time to establish how much money you want to spend on wall decor. If you fall in love with a piece that is significantly outside your price range, try looking online for something similar. When purchasing art on the Internet, simply double-check the image’s dimensions before committing. Nothing is more disappointing than thinking you ordered a massive print only to receive a tiny poster.

3. Consider Color 

Naturally, color is king when it comes to selecting the right art for your home. If you have already painted the walls and purchased furniture, take the tones of these existing elements into consideration when looking at potential art. Westchester magazine suggests choosing the most prominent color from your space and trying to incorporate it into whatever images you decide upon to create a fluid, cohesive aesthetic.

“Be aware of how color can impact a space.”

If you are starting your design process with artwork, be aware of how color can impact a space, recommend Houzz. For example, try to outfit a room meant for relaxation, like a bedroom or bathroom, with light, cool colors like blue and green, since these promote serenity. Entryways are best adorned in warm, comforting tones to make guests feel right at home. Rooms intended as entertainment space can benefit from deeper, bolder hues, as these can encourage conversation and socialization.

End up choosing striking, noticeable artwork for your bare walls? Be sure to keep this in mind when selecting the space’s remaining features. For example, choose couches, tables, chairs and tower fans in neutral tones that will not clash with your paintings.


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