Choosing the right art for your home

August 20, 2015 - 2 min read

Nothing screams boring more than blank walls. If you want to add a bit of life to your interior decor, but have no idea when it comes to choosing art, we’re here to help!

Purchasing the right artwork will not only complement all the other features and colours in your home, but it should also be a reflection of your personality. From avoiding colour clashing to picking the right frame, we’ve got a few tips to consider when selecting your artwork.

What works better, bigger or smaller?

The answer is neither! It all depends on the size of the room and your surrounding furniture. As a rule of thumb, try to make sure the artwork is no bigger than the piece of furniture it’s hanging above. For example, if you have a large wall running the entire length of your living room, this would suit larger artwork or a grouping of medium-sized artworks, rather than one small piece.

Art & decor

To make your interior decor flow a little smoother, try picking a certain style and sticking with it. For example, if you’re going for an traditional country style in your home, lighter colours and floral paints can really complement this look. However it can also work the other way, if you’re going for a minimalist modern style and you pick a really intricate artwork, it could take away from the overall impact.

Hanging height

When it comes to hanging art, you should place it so the centre of the piece is at eye level. But, isn’t everyone’s eye level different? Yes, but a good approximation is around 150cm from the ground. It can be tempting to hang your art a little higher if the room has elevated ceilings, but always remember to scale its position in relation to you and not the room. If you’re hanging multiple artworks in a series, treat them as one large piece when choosing their hanging height.

Making art your focal piece

Whether you want a focal piece above the headboard in your bedroom or beside the kitchen table in your dining room, art can make a great focal point if used right. Always remember that in order for artwork to have maximum impact, it needs to be placed opposite the room’s entrance. Also, if you’re choosing a piece of art as your focal point, allow it to be the star of the room by letting your surrounding decor and furniture play a secondary role. Going for too much can create excessive visual noise.

Remember these tips are just a guide and there are no wrong decisions or set rules when it comes to beautifying your home. At the end of the day, If you fall in love with a piece of art, don’t let anything stop you from hanging it on your wall with pride!