Sometimes selecting a piece of wall art for your home might seem like a rather daunting task. You might be apprehensive about choosing the right size, the right colours to match your interior or even worry that you might change your mind about the artwork a few months down the line.
Choosing art for your home, however, shouldn’t have to be a stressful time. In fact, it should be most enjoyable, and it certainly can be. Especially if you have done your research first. It is much more intuitive than you think if you just follow a few simple rules…
Size IS everything
If you are looking for a piece of wall art for a specific wall in your home, then aim to fill about two-thirds of that space in total. As a rule, bigger is usually always better. You want the piece to stand out, and an artwork that is too small against too much empty wall space can look lost in space and out of place.
You can aim for this same proportion also if you are looking to hang the artwork above a piece of furniture or a sofa or dining table. Work towards finding a piece that is two-thirds the width of the furniture item it will hang against. As an example, if your sofa is 300cm wide, then aim to find a piece of art that is around 200cm wide to sit nicely above it.
Don’t be scared to break the rules
Although your home décor and interior might follow certain rules i.e. monochrome, neutral or pastel shades, when it comes to selecting artwork, you can be a bit more irrational! Your chosen art should be an expression of your personality and taste, so go for colours, textures and content that mean something to you.
The more private the space is, the more personal your artwork can be. The artwork you choose for your bedroom, for example, can be much more intimate and personal than the artwork you select for your lounge.
Choosing the right piece in a social area is instrumental in creating a welcoming atmosphere, as well as provoking conversation and setting the feel or vibe of the space. This is an opportunity to make a statement, and an eclectic mix of wall art, mixed with other artefacts and sculptures can combine to achieve a great effect – even in the most neutral home.
Trust your intuition
If you are buying art for your own home, then, at the end of the day, you are the one who knows best what will work and what won’t. A lot of the time, when it comes to choosing art for personal enjoyment, your intuition plays a bit part. If you know, you know. So the saying goes!
Some artworks you will fall in love with immediately and continue to do so for many years to come. Some pieces you will adore only at specific times in your life until your tastes change. And, some you will fall in and out of love with constantly over time.
Don’t worry about how you might feel in years to come. Instead, try to embrace the now. Trusting your instinct at the time of purchasing your piece of art is a great place to start.
Get to know the artist
Getting to know some background information on the artist that created your art will help you gain a better connection with it – even before it has arrived into your home. By doing this, you might also discover other pieces in their range that could complement each other when hung on various wall spaces in your home.
Art galleries often hold regular events and launches where you can meet artists in person, which would be a great opportunity. However, this isn’t always possible, so ensure you do your research and check the artists biographies and profiles online.
Following artists via their Facebook and Instagram channels is another great way to get a glimpse into their lives and their latest inspirations.
Art is very often individual and one-of-a-kind. If your heart is calling out at you to buy a certain piece, then don’t hesitate! You could miss out and regret your decision for a long time to come!
If you are considering a new piece of wall art for your home, then we would love to hear from you. We receive new pieces into the gallery frequently and can offer suggestions to help you to choose your next artwork.