Connoisseurs of art have a thing for surrounding themselves with artistic pieces wherever they go. In extreme cases, some art aficionados live, breathe, and sleep art. Maybe it has something to do with the beauty of it, the layers of mysterious implications, the hidden symbolisms, and the sheer power to convey strong and powerful emotions and feelings.
Because your home is an extension of your personality, you’d do well in styling it after yourself. While the way you decorate your home will give away a lot about who your are as an individual, adding art to your décor will emphasize on your moods, strengths, weaknesses, likes, and dislikes.
Your individuality can find a great expression through the medium of art. Incorporating it in your home will ensure that you feel comfortable and inspired.
Here are a few strategies which you can use to incorporate art into your living space.
1. Contrast the Big With the Small
Modern homes tend to be smaller. If you live in a small space, make sure you contrast it with a bigger artwork. The contrast creates an illusion of a larger wall and hence, makes the space appear bigger too.
Contrasts, if implemented correctly, can do a lot in uplifting the look of a home. Ensure that you use it to your advantage.
Don’t forget about the frame. While the size of the painting can contrast with the size of the wall, the frame should complement the size of painting.
2. Think Abstract
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Most people have difficulty deciphering abstract art, thanks to the nature of these paintings. That does not imply that these paintings have no meaning, rather it means that it needs a deeper thought process for the real meaning to be understood.
Don’t shy away from investing in abstract art. It is non-figurative, but it can still speak volumes. And while not everyone may be able to comprehend it, art-lovers will surely get the nuances and appreciate your fine taste.
3. Hang It Best
To achieve dazzling results with displaying art, hang it strategically, i.e. at eye or sitting level. The idea is to use paintings to create intimacy and a feeling of unison in the room. Whether you’re using a single piece of art or several art works, you need to make it easy for the onlooker to examine and explore it.
If you’re using several paintings in the same room, you might want to hang them on the same wall to create a sense of connectivity. Further, you will do well in choosing all the pieces from a similar palette.
Frame the painting before hanging it for a more formal look. Alternatively, skip the frame for achieving a casual, relaxed atmosphere in the room.
4. Maintain the Theme
To create a feeling of continuity and consistent flow, you will need to settle on a theme and maintain it. The idea is to strike a healthy balance.
You may do so by working with the existing colors of the room, or with its décor. If you have a lot of white furniture at home, for example, you might want to get paintings in softer colors as well.
You can also match the color of the frames with that of the walls or statement pieces of your furniture. As long as there is a link that works through the entire home, you should do well.
5. Make it Visible
It would be great if you could get your painting the visibility it deserves. You want the painting to be the first thing that people set their eyes on when they enter the room. You want it to capture their imagination and invade their mind with curiosity-laden questions. You want it to have the maximum impact on them.
How do you do that? By placing the painting on a wall which is the first thing they see when they enter the room. This is the most effective place for achieving this objective.
Make sure the wall in question is devoid of extra wall-hangings and other things that may deviate attention from or interfere with the art work. At the most, place a display light over the painting to draw more attention to its intricate detailing.
6. Make It Special
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We all know that there are no fixed rules when it comes to displaying art. We may use expert advice to derive the best out of what we have, but at the end of the day, it is advisable to do what works best at that moment. From making alterations to the painting, to changing the frames, it’s all about making it click.
You can add a special touch to your art by associating it with long-cherished memories. It could be your child’s first birthday, or his first day at school, there will surely be some element of the event that can be immortalized on canvas and hung on a wall with pride.
7. The Devil Is in the Detail
Pay careful attention to the details when decorating your home with art. For example, vertical paintings look great on small walls, whereas the larger ones can be reserved for bigger, more open walls. Even if you want to group several paintings together, you should keep this principle in mind.
Apart from considering the size of the wall, you also need to take into account the weight of the furniture around the painting. This provides a balance (which is so important) and looks more aesthetically appealing.
While art cannot be contained and creativity cannot be limited, one can certainly use it to enhance the quality of their life. Paintings and other forms of art can only give, so do use them for adding beauty, grace, and elegance to your home interior. The above tips should come in handy when incorporating it into your personal space.