There is nothing that makes a house feel like a home quite as much as having art up on the walls.
Surrounding yourself with beautiful things just makes you feel good. And when you feel good, inspiration and joy follow. It’s also a brilliant way to show off your own tastes and personality in your environment.
We’re in an exciting position right now because anybody can become an art collector. Thanks to the internet, we all have access to so many different (but equally inspiring) artists. There is quite literally something for everyone.
One thing that a lot of would-be art enthusiasts seem to worry about is how to pick the “right” art for their space. As an artist, I would tell you that there is no right way to pick art. You know the moment something has grabbed your attention and is begging to come home with you. But as a pragmatist, I know there are often other concerns, like will that piece actually fit that empty wall?
Start by looking at the space you have available.
Take a few minutes to walk through your home, taking note of wall spaces desperate for a piece of art.
Be really specific about the space you’re looking to fill and factor in any furniture that you already have in place. Think of your art as an extension of this furniture. They need to work in harmony. It also needs to function with the way you use that space.
As an example, if you want to have a piece of art above your sofa, you’ll want to leave some space between the two so that you don’t bang your head on the frame.
Measure up each one of those spaces and jot down the numbers.
Are you a minimalist or a maximalist?
Your next step is to think about whether you want to fill that space with one big piece of art, or a grouping of smaller pieces (often referred to as a gallery wall).
This will depend on your personal taste. Do you want one striking piece that will become the focal point of the room, or do you want a series that will make people pause and get curious?
This is a question of preference, but certain spaces will lend themselves to one or the other. For example, a large space above your bed would be ideal for a big, bright piece of art. A smaller space in your hallway, or in your office, would work really well for a collection of small-scale pieces.
Make it easy on yourself.
Remember all of those measurements you noted down? Keep them in your purse, along with a measuring tape, so that you’re always prepared to find the perfect piece of art for your home. There’s nothing worse than investing in something beautiful and not having room to hang it.
When you’re shopping for art, you also want to avoid putting too many restrictions on yourself. Yes, you want to make sure the pieces you choose fit in your physical space alongside the main features of your interior (i.e. the big pieces of furniture) but try to avoid telling yourself that your art needs to “go” with everything else. If you avoid buying a painting because it clashes with your candles or throw pillows, I’d like you to remember that it’s way easier to replace accessories than it is to find a piece of art you love!
Like I said right at the start, anybody can be an art collector. All it takes is a little bit of confidence and a little bit of planning.
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